A Stiff Bottle of Beolddeokju

Traveling broadens the mind, exposes us to new ideas, and reminds us that we are not so different from one another. It also exposes us to unique booze that exposes itself (to us). And with the arrival of the Pyeongchang Olympics (or PF Chang Olympics, depending on who you talk to), you’d be hard up…

Esquire’s Guide to Korean Alcohol

Hello, again! It’s been a fairly long hiatus since the last post but there was not much newsworthy to report. Until, that is, the recent article on Korean sool in… Esquire?! Is this the tipping point? Has sool arrived in the US? Until Korean alcohol brewing parallels the kimchi-making craze that stormed places with such urbane…

Third Anniversary

Takjoo Journals’ Third Anniversary

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES A third year of the blog (THIRD!) has come and gone, making it time for the obligatory anniversary post. You may have noticed this year’s post is coming a couple weeks late as there has been a big development in my life: I’ve left Korea and returned to my native desert! It’s a sad…

Makgeolli: Korea’s Specialty Liquor

British publication The Independent published an article about a couple months ago that managed to fly under my radar. But, as I’m a sucker for any article that tries to broaden makgeolli’s audience, I couldn’t resist. Here are a few choice excerpts from Angela Son and Joan Vos Macdonald’s article in The Independent: Freshly brewed…

Koreans’ Alcohol Consumption Increasing

From a recent article in The Chosun Ilbo: Koreans have ample love for their adult tipples but a recent report from the National Tax Service shows that alcohol consumption in Korea has almost doubled over the past 50 years. The NTS figures that a Korean adult now consumes 91.8 liters of alcohol compared to the…

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.…

Makgeolli: Good for Man, Good for Stamina

Okay, the title does not accurately portray the “medical” claims made in this report. But, like that ol’ chestnut you hear from a Korean ajumma who is encouraging you to eat something weird, people love to tout the health benefits of makgeolli. From Park Se-young’s Arirang article: Makgeolli is well known for its rich content…