Miin Takju

Sool #64 – Miin Takju

KOREAN NAME: 미인 탁주 REVIEW: There’s something about the simplicity and elegance of Miin’s label that grabs my attention every time I see it. It reminds me of one of those illegible chops that you see on Korean documents. But instead of being chunky-square lines, Miin has intersecting webs of swoops and swirls to form its hanja,…

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…

Mangang-e Bichin Dal

Sool #63 – Mangang-e Bichin Dal

KOREAN NAME: 만강에 비친 달 REVIEW: Mangang-e Bichin Dal (MeBD) might have the most poetic (and long-winded) name in the sool biz. According to the bottle, it translates to The Moon Shining on MANG-GANG, Mangang having something to do with a river. While it might be a mouthful, it somehow fits this brew. MeBD is atypically pale…

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…

Midam Yeonyeob Saeng Takju

Sool #62 – Midam Yeonyeob Saeng Takju

KOREAN NAME: 미담 연엽 생탁주 REVIEW: In terms of the blog, my biggest regret of the past year is that I did not review one Midam brew. There are some breweries making truly wonderful concoctions these days but, in my estimation, when considering the pinnacle of both interesting and delicious brews, you’d be right in thinking Midam…

Jeongleejuga

House #10 – Jeongleejuga

KOREAN NAME: 정이주가 LOCATION:  Jeollanam-do, Gwangju, Dong-gu (전라남도, 광주,  동구) OVERALL: Jeongleejuga is the signature joomak in Gwangju and, as such, a necessary must visit for anyone interested in the sool scene. They maintain a small but nicely balanced stock of inexpensive aspartame makgeolli with pricier all-natural, premium makgeolli. Everything we ordered from the food menu was…

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…