Esquire’s Guide to Korean Alcohol

Hello, again! It’s been a fairly long hiatus since the last post but there was not much newsworthy to report. Until, that is, the recent article on Korean sool in… Esquire?! Is this the tipping point? Has sool arrived in the US? Until Korean alcohol brewing parallels the kimchi-making craze that stormed places with such urbane…

Makgeolli Pairing… Information?

The Chosun Ilbo’s dishing out the hot takes on what you should eat when you enjoy your favorite drink and not even makgeolli is safe. Sources? No. Scientific evidence? Who cares! Pie chart, trending data, or graph of any kind? No need! According to The Chosun Ilbo article, makgeolli should never be paired with it’s…

Third Anniversary

Takjoo Journals’ Third Anniversary

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES A third year of the blog (THIRD!) has come and gone, making it time for the obligatory anniversary post. You may have noticed this year’s post is coming a couple weeks late as there has been a big development in my life: I’ve left Korea and returned to my native desert! It’s a sad…

Makgeolli: Korea’s Specialty Liquor

British publication The Independent published an article about a couple months ago that managed to fly under my radar. But, as I’m a sucker for any article that tries to broaden makgeolli’s audience, I couldn’t resist. Here are a few choice excerpts from Angela Son and Joan Vos Macdonald’s article in The Independent: Freshly brewed…

Koreans’ Alcohol Consumption Increasing

From a recent article in The Chosun Ilbo: Koreans have ample love for their adult tipples but a recent report from the National Tax Service shows that alcohol consumption in Korea has almost doubled over the past 50 years. The NTS figures that a Korean adult now consumes 91.8 liters of alcohol compared to the…

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…