Head Brewer of Samhae Soju-ga Talks Sool

A recent video from the site Great Big Story features none other than Samhae Brewery’s own Kim Taek-Sang and his thoughts on one of Korea’s most precious traditions and a subject near to my heart: sool! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the man himself and can honestly say that he is not only an excellent…

Traditional Liquors Diversify, Enrich Tastes in Korea

Earlier this year, we heard whispering of changes in Korean liquor laws which could be huge for the craft brewing industry. In effect, the production minimums for breweries has been significantly lowered making it possible for burgeoning brewers with a business plan to potentially make their mark on the industry. The Korea Herald article that…

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,…

Korean Traditional Alcohol Tasting Tour in Seoul

Only have a short time in Seoul and want to try all the best and tastiest traditional booze the city has to offer? You’d be hard pressed to find better tour guides than the fine people at Makgeolli Mamas & Papas Korea (MMPK). Their Korean Traditional Alcohol Tasting Tour will whisk you away to three excellent joomak…

Spring Events Are Brewing!

A big, big thank you to Makgeolli Mamas & Papas Korea (MMPK) for the news about a whole slew of spring festivals, events, and exhibitions. Honestly, with all that’s going on, April feels like the new October!   14th SEOUL INTERNATIONAL WINES & SPIRITS EXPO 2016 Time: Saturday, April 23 (10 am – 5 pm)…

A Hidden Treasure: Seoul’s Samhae Brewery

It is always a joy when I get to write about a brew or brewery that I really love. Today this happened when the brewery Samhae Soju-ga (삼해소주가) popped up in The Korea Times. From the article: A walk into one of the back alleys of Bukchon Hanok Village lies a small “hanok” (Korean traditional house) with the name…

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…

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…