Jaheehyang Gookhwaju

Sool #72 – Jaheehyang Gookhwaju

KOREAN NAME: 자희향 국화주 REVIEW: Jaheehyang is on a shortlist of brewers (Midam, Joeunsul, and Ye-sul are the others that round off that list) that I turn to when I want to introduce people to sool beyond the decent store-bought stuff like Neurin Maeul or Yetnal. I already sang Jaheehyang’s praises when I reviewed their takju but…


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…

Jaheehyang Takju

Makgeolli #53 – Jaheehyang Takju

KOREAN NAME: 자희향 탁주 REVIEW: Jaheehyang. It’s one of the ever-growing makgeollis that embraces visual appeal, packaging, and quality brewing with the hopes that its consumers do likewise. But, before I get to the review, I should say that I sampled Jaheehyang not as the brewer intended. That is, I bought this back at the end of August…

Gotaek Chapssal Saengju

Sool #51 – Gotaek Chapssal Saengju

KOREAN NAME: 고택 찹쌀 생주 REVIEW: For my birthday, I took my friends over to Sool Gaeguri (술 개구리) in the Hapjeong/Sangsu area for—you know it—makgeolli. One of the bottles we ordered was a bit different. Only 500 ml but packing a high ABV-punch of 13.5%, we weren’t sure what to expect from Gotaek Chapssal Saengju other…

Buan Champpong Makgeolli

Makgeolli #50 – Buan Champpong Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 부안 참뽕 막걸리 REVIEW: Dong Jin Brewery’s Buan Champpong is much like its counterpart Carbonated Rice Makgeolli: it doesn’t use aspartame (which I’m grateful for) but it has been over-loaded with stevia and sucralose. Buan Champpong is also flavored with Korean mulberry, or odi (오디). But my guess is this adds more to the sugar-content than…

Gunsan Saeng Makgeolli

Makgeolli #44 – Gunsan Saeng Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 군산 생 막걸리 REVIEW: I always like to pick up a bottle of the local stuff when I travel to a new city in Korea. So, being in Gunsan, Gunsan Saeng Makgeolli was a no-brainer. The decision was made simpler by the fact that this is the only local, commercially-available makgeolli that does not contain aspartame…

Soony Makgeolli

Makgeolli #42 – Soony

KOREAN NAME: 순희 REVIEW: Bohae Brewery’s Soony is a bottle that is slightly difficult to come by but has all the traits of a bottom-shelf brew: i.e., pasteurized and made with aspartame as well as a whole host of other additives. This includes stevia, a sugar substitute, and something called tomatine. This is apparently a glycoalkaloid that…

Gwangyang Maesil Makgeolli

Makgeolli #37 – Gwangyang Maesil Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 광양 매실 막걸리 REVIEW: To the Western ear, plum juice sounds like something old people drink. But for Koreans, maesil (pronounced may-shil) juice is a beloved drink that is easy to find at the store or in Korean markets. Baekun Juga has taken things to the next logical step with their infusion Gwangyang Maesil Makgeolli.

Sool #36 – Jeonju Ae Moju

KOREAN NAME: 전주애모주 REVIEW: I’ve encountered moju three times: Jeonju Moju (read my review here if you want to some background on what moju is and for a comparison review), some homemade moju I bought from a little old lady in Jeonju, and now Jeonju Ae Moju.

Jeonju Ssal Makgeolli

Makgeolli #34 – Jeonju Ssal Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 전주 쌀 막걸리 REVIEW: Jeonju Ssal Makgeolli is as ubiquitous in Jeonju as Seoul Jangsoo is in Seoul. And it is just as awful. Wait, that’s unfair to Jangsoo—at least their brew is unpasteurized. Jeonju Ssal, on the other hand, is flat, sugar water with an incredibly cloying aftertaste. Steer clear.