Sato

Thai Sato

THAI NAME: Thai Sato REVIEW: While I was stuck taking care of the Takjoo Hound, Mrs. Takjoo and her mom traipsed off to Thailand for a week. But, even though I didn’t get to eat my weight in phat kaphrao or drink out of a coconut the size of my head, they were kind enough to bring me back…

Makgeolli #49 – Saeng Tak Saeng Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 생택 생 막걸리 THOUGHTS: No matter where you go in Seoul, there’s one bottle you can’t avoid—Seoul Jangsoo. But the same cannot be said of those living in Gyeongsang-do. No, the ubiquitous green bottle that pops up everywhere is Saeng Tak Saeng Makgeolli. So far apart and yet so close in one profoundly similar aspect: they are both…

Walmae Makgeolli (Canned)

Makgeolli #40 – Walmae Makgeolli (Canned)

KOREAN NAME: 월매 막걸리  REVIEW: To review the canned version of Walmae Makgeolli, I thought I ought to have a side-by-side comparison with the bottled version. The first thing I noticed was the difference in ingredients. Besides the usual suspects, bottled Walmae (BW) includes things like multi-oligosaccharide, wheat, pine needle extract, aspartame, citric acid, yeast, lactobacillus wheat, and dextrin; canned…

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…

Ee:FF Makgeolli

Makgeolli #30 – Ee:FF

KOREAN NAME: 이프 REVIEW: If I were to grade Seoul Jangsoo’s peculiarly named Ee:FF on a curve, especially when compared to Seoul Jangsoo Saeng Makgeolli, then it is not terrible. The aspartame seems to have been reined in and the taste, while sweet, is not saccharine. I’d even go so far as to say that the inherent metallic flavor…

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…

Seonho Saeng Makgeolli

Makgeolli #24 – Seonho Saeng Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 선호 생막걸리 REVIEW: If you’re passing through the makgeolli aisle of E-Mart, you may notice a bright, blue bottle sticking out from all the competitors. This would be Seonho Saeng Makgeolli and the color of the bottle is not its only noteworthy attribute. The front of the label proudly features the words “아스파탐 무첨가”, or…

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…

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…

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…