About Takjoo Journals


Sool (술) is the Korean word for alcohol, liquor, BOOZE! And Takjoo Journals aims to look at all aspects of traditional sool, especially focusing on makgeolli (막걸리). Makgeolli (pronounced “mak-KUH-lee”) is a fermented alcoholic drink made from, among other ingredients, rice, water, and nuruk (누룩), a mixture of yeast, enzymes, and lactobacillus essential to brewing sool. It is often around 6% alcohol by volume, looks creamy-white, and has a sour-sweet taste; however, all these factors can vary wildly depending on ingredients and brewing techniques.

I am by no means an expert on sool but my hope for this blog is to share what I learn about South Korea’s traditional alcohol as it gains popularity internationally.



Makgeolli Brews: Reviews of commercially available bottled makgeolli, both unpasteurized and pasteurized.

Makgeolli-Related Brews: Reviews of commercially available brews that are made through different processes than typical makgeolli. For example, ihwaju, moju, oyangju, etc.

Canned Makgeolli Brews: Same as above only canned!

Makgeolli Houses: Reviews of makgeolli bars, which are also called joomak or makgeolli jib. I’ll predominately be visiting establishments in Seoul but I hope to expand the reviews to other cities.

Events & Activities: Notices and reviews of events and activities related to sool.

Random Notes & News: A space for me to explore observations, as well as aggregate any English-language news related to sool.

Homebrewing: A personal account of my foray into brewing my own sool.



Sool: alcohol (on this site, it is used to signify all traditional Korean alcohol)

Joomak: traditional Korean bar serving makgeolli and cheongju

Yakju/Cheongju: two (mostly) interchangeable terms used to describe the clear liquor that is produced when makgeolli is brewed

Hangari: earthenware vessel used for brewing



For a site update, please check out the Second Year Anniversary post.

If you want to quickly find something I recommend, click the recommended box in the tags list.



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