Buja 16

MAKGEOLLI #57 – Buja 16

KOREAN NAME: 부자 16 REVIEW: Buja 16 was one of those bottles I heard about when I first moved to Korea as it seemed to be one of the few widely available, non-aspartame brews. Of course, when I went looking for it, it was nowhere to be found. (I will say I occasionally bump into Buja Purple,…

Gyeongju Beobju Makgeolli

Makgeolli #23 – Gyeongju Beobju Ssal Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 경주법주 쌀 막걸리 REVIEW: Despite this makgeolli’s prevalence, I think I’ve long had it on the backburner because, frankly, it’s a pretty ugly bottle. With the lame milky-looking rings trailing from the white center image and the overload of hand-scrawled script, it just seems like Gyeongju Beobju (GB) is trying too hard. But a makgeolli is much…

Carbonated Rice Makgeolli

Makgeolli #22 – Carbonated Rice Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 쌀 막걸리 REVIEW: In a time when the majority of mass-produced makgeollis sweeten their brews with aspartame, it is totally refreshing – even surprising – to see a producer buck the trend and look for other options. Dong Jin Brewery is doing just that, however, and with a canned makgeolli to boot!

Jeonju Moju

Sool #21 – Jeonju Moju

KOREAN NAME: 전주 모주 REVIEW: Moju, according to one site I read, is a variety of makgeolli that is made by boiling the liquor with a variety of different ingredients but the most common are ginger, jujube, ginseng, and cinnamon. As you can imagine, the boiling process causes a good deal of the booze to evaporate, leaving moju…

Sinseon Woorissal Makgeolli

Makgeolli #20 – Woorissal Sinseon Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 우리쌀 신선 막걸리 REVIEW: Baesangmyun Brewery made a big splash in the makgeolli world when they released Neurin Maul (my review here), a makgeolli that is uncompromising in terms of using natural ingredients in order to make a quality product. With Neurin Maul clearly being their ace, I poured my first cup of Sinseon with…

BHD Saeng Makgeolli

Makgeolli #18 – Bae Hyejeong Doga Saeng Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 배혜정 도가 생 막걸리 REVIEW: After a terrible experience with Bae Hyejeong Doga (BHD) Ssal Makgeolli (read my review here), I have been a bit gun-shy about trying other BHD products. But BHD Saeng is a makgeolli you’re likely to come across if you shop at the big “mart” stores, so I got up my…

Buyeo Yangsongi Makgeolli

Makgeolli #17 – Buyeo Yangsongi Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 부여 양송이 막걸리 REVIEW: Like Gondurae (my review here), the makers of Buyeo Yangsongi separate their makgeolli from the pack by infusing it with an unlikely ingredient – mushrooms! (Yangsongi, in fact, is another word for mushroom.) I have to admit – I picked this one up more for novelty’s sake but I was pleasantly surprised to find…

Tangy Canned Makgeolli

Makgeolli #16 – Tangy Canned Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 톡쏘는 쌀 막걸리 REVIEW: 토쏘는 쌀 막걸리 literally means Carbonated Rice Makgeolli but for some reason Woorisool translates the name as Tangy Canned Makgeolli. Despite this lack of inspiration (or accuracy), my first sip gave me high hopes for this canned makgeolli. The carbonation has a very pleasant mouth feel and it seemed like the sweetness…

Seoul Jangsoo Makgeolli

Makgeolli #15 – Jangsoo Saeng Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 장수 생 막걸리  REVIEW: With all the interesting, new, and even hard-to-come-by bottles that are available in Seoul, it’s easy to overlook the unremarkable green bottle perched in every convenience store, corner store, and supermarket you go to. But I knew for that very reason, I couldn’t put it off forever – I had to talk about…