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…

Baesangmyun Brewery Tour – May 3rd

From John Redmond’s article at The Korea Times: “The Royal Asiatic Society of Korea (RASK) will give guests a chance to tour the Baesangmyeon Brewery in Pocheon, north of Seoul, on May 3. The tour is designed to help visitors further their knowledge of traditional Korean liquor. Tour leader Julia Mellor will guide the group on…

Hayan Sool Makgeolli

Makgeolli #26 – Hayan Sool

KOREAN NAME: 하얀술 REVIEW: When I was going over the menu at Makgeolli Hakkyo (막걸리 학교) in Isu, I asked the owner if he had something that was aspartame-free but still a bit sweet. He handed me a bottle of Hayan Sool and it was love at first sip.

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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…

Keondae Gol Makgeolli Jib Front

House #04 – Keondae Gol Makgeolli Jib

KOREAN NAME: 건대골 막걸리집 LOCATION: Seoul, Konkuk University Station (서울, 건대입구) OVERALL: Yes, the name is prosaic and uninspired. And yes, there are plenty of makgeolli houses with more noteworthy bottle selections. But Keondae Gol Makgeolli Jib straddles that sweet spot of a party bar that is raucous and fun, and an establishment that has worthwhile makgeolli and…

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…

Makgeolli Expo 2014

Makgeolli Expo 2014 Review

Another week, another makgeolli event! After the Daehanmingook Makgeolli Festival in Ilsan and the Insadong Makgeolli Festival, I will admit it – I was feeling a little makgeollied out. But I’m an honest person and I believe you can’t call in a sick day to work if you’re not really sick. Same with booze-related events…