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…

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Takjoo Journals’ Second Anniversary

Two years ago I stopped by a corner store in my neighborhood and and bought a weird, plastic bottle of booze. After a few bemusing sips, I thought, “I need to remember this makgeolli so I never, ever make the mistake of buying it again.” Thus, Takjoo Journals was born! But, I am grateful for this bad bottle because it has led me to…

Aoi Sora

HOUSE #08 – Aoi Sora

KOREAN NAME: 아오이 소라 LOCATION:  Seoul, Itaewon (서울, 이태원) LOOK & ATMOSPHERE: If you take a walk down the street behind Itaewon’s mosque, you’ll see a curious sight. Shabby hardware stores, halal restaurants, ddeokbokki joints, and artists’ tiny studio-shops are all crammed into a weird, mixed up little alley that makes you feel like you’ve entered…

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Takjoo Journals’ First Anniversary

Today is the big day: Takjoo Journals turns one year old! I have to say that I feel pretty good about this accomplishment. I never tried my hand at blogging before this because I didn’t have anything that I was passionate enough to write about, or, if I was passionate enough (Korean baseball!), someone was…

Wang Tak Makgeolli House

HOUSE #07 – Wang Tak

KOREAN NAME: 왕탁 LOCATION:  Gyeongsangbuk-do, Daegu, Nam-gu (경상북도, 대구,  남구) OVERALL: For most people visiting Daegu (or even living in Daegu), Wang Tak is a bit off the beaten path. That being said, this place is well worth the trip. From the city-cabin architecture to the plethora of makgeolli options, this is the type of joomak I…

Baesangmyun’s Neurin Maul Brew Pubs

From Park Han-na’s article at The Korea Herald: “Baesangmyun Brewery, South Korea’s leading traditional liquor maker, is growing its brand with urban brew pubs producing freshly fermented makgeolli, Korean rice wine, every day…  ‘We created this urban brew pub as a means to provide customers with fresh makgeolli made directly by us. A pub that they…

Makgeolli 31

House #06 – Cafe Mare & Makgeolli 31

KOREAN NAME: 카페 마레 & 막걸리 31 LOCATION:  Seoul, Jung-gu, Euljiro 3-Ga, Pine Avenue Building (서울, 중구, 을지로3가역, 파인에비뉴) OVERALL: Despite the odd location and environs, Café Mare & Makgeolli 31 is definitely worth a visit. Bong-seok, the owner, is a personable guy who is enthusiastic about introducing people to new and different kinds of makgeolli. And…

Pal-do Jeon Seon Saeng Makgeolli House

House #05 – Pal-do Jeon Seon Saeng

KOREAN NAME: 팔도 전선생 LOCATION:  Seoul, Gwangjin-gu, Gunja Station (서울, 광진구, 군자역) OVERALL: On the backstreets of Line 7’s Gunja Station, not too far from the halls of Sejong University, is an unassuming makgeolli house by the name of Pal-do Jeon Seon Saeng (PJSS). The relaxed atmosphere and low prices reflect the fact that it is neither…