Makgeolli Goes to India

Ever since makgeolli blew up in Japan in the Aughts, we’ve seen the big mak makers push further abroad, always looking for the next big market. It may be less surprising then that Lotte Chilsung Beverage and Seoul Jangsoo are taking a page from the Kooksoondang playbook to take sool to India. Excerpts from Lee Duk-joo…

A Stiff Bottle of Beolddeokju

Traveling broadens the mind, exposes us to new ideas, and reminds us that we are not so different from one another. It also exposes us to unique booze that exposes itself (to us). And with the arrival of the Pyeongchang Olympics (or PF Chang Olympics, depending on who you talk to), you’d be hard up…

Learn about Korean Liquor in the Philippines

Despite what the data says about makgeolli exports trending downward, I have a suspicion that there will always be interest in foreign alcohol, Korean or otherwise, because, well… it’s alcoholic! The folks at the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines seem to agree: according to online publication Hellokpop, the knowledgeable Jisung Chun of the KCC…

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…