The Sool Company Series: Midam Brewery

The Makgeolli Mamas and Papas Korea (MMPK) recently rebranded themselves as The Sool Company and one of the first projects they’ve undertaken is to release a series of videos. The series kicks off on a high note with a visit to Midam Brewery. If you’ve read the post on Midam’s Yeonyeob Takju or Songhwaju, you…

8 Fermented Beverages from around the World

Makgeolli: your fav and mine tops this list of eight fermented beverages that have been banned… I mean, that you must try, according to Good Food. The main focus of the article is on all the delicious pairings of things that are both alcoholic and probiotic. Or, as I call them… Alco-probing? Probi-holic? Definitely probi-holic.…

Ode to Hongdae’s “Makgeolli Man”

There are some Seoulites out there who have fond memories of a jovial spirit known only as the Makgeolli Man. Although I don’t frequent Hongdae, I remember, once or twice when I made it out, catching a glimpse of the Makgeolli Man far ahead in the crowd. By the time I pushed my way to the…

Bear Yogurt Makgeolli Maker

Has China changed the landscape of makgeolli brewing forever? Can one machine make yogurt, fruit smoothies, and makgeolli? Is this the future? The dubiously titled site Qoo10 is now advertising a little something called the Bear Yogurt Makgeolli Maker. Although I can’t read Chinese characters, it would seem that for USD $41.00, this rice cooker-looking machine will…

Makgeolli: Good for Man, Good for Stamina

Okay, the title does not accurately portray the “medical” claims made in this report. But, like that ol’ chestnut you hear from a Korean ajumma who is encouraging you to eat something weird, people love to tout the health benefits of makgeolli. From Park Se-young’s Arirang article: Makgeolli is well known for its rich content…

Seattle’s Next Big Thing

Another glowing write up on Seattle’s Girin restaurant and its brewer’s exploration into the world of sool brewing. But, unlike previous fluff pieces, this Thrillist article gives us a peak behind the curtains about the red tape in getting a liquor license to distribute makgeolli. And another kernel of goodness? You can find out something even your…

Head Brewer of Samhae Soju-ga Talks Sool

A recent video from the site Great Big Story features none other than Samhae Brewery’s own Kim Taek-Sang and his thoughts on one of Korea’s most precious traditions and a subject near to my heart: sool! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the man himself and can honestly say that he is not only an excellent…

The Traditional & the Modern: Ulsan’s Boksoondoga Brewery

Ulsan typically conjurers up images of a blue-collar city defined more by its warehouses and factories than anything else. And yet something pleasantly unexpected also calls Ulsan its home: Boksoondoga Brewery. Julie Jackson has published a delightful write-up on the successful family business that aspires to stay close to its roots. From the Korea Herald article: “My grandmother…

Traditional Liquors Diversify, Enrich Tastes in Korea

Earlier this year, we heard whispering of changes in Korean liquor laws which could be huge for the craft brewing industry. In effect, the production minimums for breweries has been significantly lowered making it possible for burgeoning brewers with a business plan to potentially make their mark on the industry. The Korea Herald article that…