Makgeolli Goes to India

Ever since makgeolli blew up in Japan in the Aughts, we’ve seen the big mak makers push further abroad, always looking for the next big market. It may be less surprising then that Lotte Chilsung Beverage and Seoul Jangsoo are taking a page from the Kooksoondang playbook to take sool to India. Excerpts from Lee Duk-joo…

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…

Learn about Korean Liquor in the Philippines

Despite what the data says about makgeolli exports trending downward, I have a suspicion that there will always be interest in foreign alcohol, Korean or otherwise, because, well… it’s alcoholic! The folks at the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines seem to agree: according to online publication Hellokpop, the knowledgeable Jisung Chun of the KCC…

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…

Cheongjinju Yakju

Sool #75 – Cheongjinju Yakju

KOREAN NAME: 청진주 약주 REVIEW: If you attended the 3rd Jarasum Makgeolli Festival earlier this year, you may have noticed that under the same tent where the makgeolli-making classes were held, tucked behind the tables showcasing all the different bottles present at the festival, was a small corner for Cheongjinju, a yakju from the exquisitely named…

Miin Ahwang Yakju

Sool #74 – Ahwang Yakju

KOREAN NAME: 아황 약주 REVIEW: So far, the site has reviewed two bottles from Miin Brewery. Miin Takju, while not bad, is fairly forgettable apart from being a bit on the dry side. Miinju doesn’t stand out much either, but of the three, it’s probably the most balanced—the bottle to reach for if you’re looking for something for…

Makgeolli Pairing… Information?

The Chosun Ilbo’s dishing out the hot takes on what you should eat when you enjoy your favorite drink and not even makgeolli is safe. Sources? No. Scientific evidence? Who cares! Pie chart, trending data, or graph of any kind? No need! According to The Chosun Ilbo article, makgeolli should never be paired with it’s…

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…

Duru Seoktanju

Sool #73 – Duru Seoktanju

KOREAN NAME: 두루 석탄주 REVIEW: As I mentioned in my review for Duru Samseon Takju, the one and only time I have encountered Duru Brewery was at the 15th Seoul International Wines & Spirits Expo earlier this year. It’s a shame because Duru has something special and I’m guessing most people have never heard of them. It…