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.…

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…

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…

Homemade Makgeolli at Seattle’s Girin

If you’re in or visiting the U.S., there are few places where you can try some decent makgeolli. But things are changing for the better with the help of Girin. This Seattle restaurant is brewing up some homemade sool and the faithful have heard. From the Eater Seattle article: The Girin team works Pacific Northwest ingredients into…

Korea to Hold Makgeolli Promotion Event in Taiwan

From The Korea Herald article: South Korea will hold a promotional event in Taiwan later this week as part of its efforts to export “makgeolli,” the indigenous traditional rice wine overseas, the agriculture ministry here said Tuesday. The event will take place in a department store in Xinbei City, Taiwan, involving a talk show session hosted…

Makgeolli Exports on the Rise

About every 4-6 months it is requisite that a news agency trot out statistics of how makgeolli exports are faring. An essential point of these articles is to compare current figures to those of the bygone era of 2011. From the Chosun Ilbo article: A wide range of new makgeolli products has captivated consumers in Korea,…

International Safety Standards for Makgeolli

South Korea’s new tactic to bump makgeolli exports is to codify makgeolli standards in terms of “basic conditions, including the definition, range and structural elements of makgeolli”. At least that’s the plan: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs wants to submit a draft of the new codes at the Codex Alimentarius Commission’s September meeting. What…

Korean Liquor Gets Its Own Award: K-Sool

Ah, the iTQis. Perhaps not as well known as the Oscars or the Grammys, but Belgium’s International Taste & Quality Institute awards are just as competitive. Even more so for liquor from the Land of the Morning Calm: Korean booze was unceremoniously (literally!) shunted into the sake category. That is, until earlier this month when the…