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…

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…

New York Makgeolli Classes in January 2016

What better way to start the new year than to learn something new, like how to brew makgeolli! Jisung Chun will be leading two makgeolli brewing workshops in the lovely state of New York. According to the invites, Jisung has “worked as an executive manager of a restaurant that specializes in Korean food and drinks in Seoul.”…

Seattle Restaurant Serves Homemade Makgeolli

From Patrick Hutchison’s article at the Seattle Weekly: “But food is not the only draw to Pioneer Square’s Girin on a gloriously sunny Tuesday evening. I’m here to drink, because beyond the restaurant’s tastefully appointed interior, creative lighting installations, and meticulously curated gardens and up a short flight of stairs is a small room filled with terra…

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…

Jinro Makgulli

Makgeolli #27 – Jinro Makgulli

KOREAN NAME: 진로 막걸리 REVIEW: I really never expected to find makgeolli in the tiny town of Ashland, Oregon. And then, without even looking for it, a bottle of Jinro Makgulli was staring me in the face at a high-end, local store called Market of Choice. Even more surprising: Jinro Makgulli is not horrible.

First Korean Market

Makgeolli in the USA

I was recently back in the U.S. for a long overdue vacation which meant two things: I had to back-catalogue (read: drink) several bottles before my trip so I could continue to post while away. And… I had the perfect opportunity to see what makgeolli is available in my small corner of the States. The…