#54 Chungju Bam Makgeolli (충주밤막걸리)

I must confess to being a fan of “flavoured makgeolli” with corn and chestnut, in my opinion, worthy additions to any makgeolli fridge but despite having drunk my fair share of chestnut ricewines down the years I was taken aback by this one. It tastes almost exactly like drinking a Snickers bar, to the point that I’m sure a Snickers McFlurry would want to taste this good! Of course by good I mean sickly sweet and there is little to no chance that I would sit down and put away 2 or 3 bottles in one sitting, but for a one-off bottle on a hot summer’s day it 100% hit the spot. Continue reading #54 Chungju Bam Makgeolli (충주밤막걸리)

#53 337 Baekgok Makgeolli (337 백곡생막걸리)

Made in Chungbok, 337 Baekgok Makgeolli, which gets it’s name from 3 meaning good luck and 7 meaning lucky and therefore making 337 the luckiest makgeolli around.  It is a very typical Chungbok rice wine, that’s not a negative by any means as the region is famous for producing some of, if not the, best makgeollis on the market and 337 is a decent enough effort. It is quite thin and has a little bitterness but nothing that pulls your jaws in a Gaedo (review here). It has a distinctive label with the red numbers set against the black meaning that it does almost jump out the fridge into your hand, obviously that’s how I explained it to the overly suspicious ajosshi that thought I was stealing it. Continue reading #53 337 Baekgok Makgeolli (337 백곡생막걸리)

#52 Oeam Makgeolli (외암 생막걸리)

Made by the Songak brewery in Asan City just South of Seoul, Oeam is a fragrant and tangy makgeolli which is slightly thicker than your average bottle. It is a little bitter and sour but not as overpowering as some of the other 충청남도 rice wines out there. It has very little carbonation so make to sure to give it a good shake between pours as it does tend to separate pretty quickly and one of the plus points is that thickness. It is a good drink to have while watching a game of football or after a hike as it is refreshing without making you gulp it down like a cheap lager. Continue reading #52 Oeam Makgeolli (외암 생막걸리)

#51 Baekryun Albam Makgeolli (백련장수 알밤 막걸리)

Made by the Baekryun Jangsoo brewery, this makgeolli is a little sweet and nutty and definitely full of flavour.  The rice wine itself is bright yellow and is made with 0.24% chestnut. It is a little watery though and could probably do with slightly more body to make it a little thicker. It is really refreshing and would be great on a hot day hiking in the woods although probably best to avoid any of those flying squirrels on Namsan. Continue reading #51 Baekryun Albam Makgeolli (백련장수 알밤 막걸리)

#50 Seogawon Chakhan Makgeolli (서가원 착한 막걸리)

Made by the Seogawon Brewery, Chakhan, which means “kind” in Korean, is quite sour and bitter but yet there is still a slightly sweet aftertaste which was a bit of a surprise. It has quite a light and thin body which when coupled with that sweet and sour taste makes it really easy to gulp down and perfect for a warm day down the park watching sports. There is a slightly yellowish tinge to the drink which just like the sweet aftertaste I was not expecting. Continue reading #50 Seogawon Chakhan Makgeolli (서가원 착한 막걸리)

#49 Corn DongDongJu ( 옥수수 동동주)

When you first imagine a corn-based alcoholic drink it doesn’t exactly set your tastebuds on fire but Corn DongDongJu actually is a whole lot better than it sounds and tastes more nutty than corn. Made by the Baedoga Brewery (http://www.baedoga.co.kr/) which produces Horangi Makgeolli, it is refreshing and easy to drink and even though it has quite a thin body it more than makes up for that with it’s strong taste and unique aroma. It is made with over 3% NON-GMO corn along with the brewery’s rather unique method of grinding the rice into a powder instead of using the more traditional steamed rice that most other breweries use. Continue reading #49 Corn DongDongJu ( 옥수수 동동주)

#48 Gimpo Gold Rice Makgeolli (김포 금쌀 막걸리)

I had been eager to try Gimpo Gold for a long time, this was mainly because in the world of white and green bottles the unusual blue bottle had more than once caught my eye.  There was also the tagline of “Gold” which I, probably foolishly, still genuinely believe should be reserved for things in the higher end bracket of a product line, unfortunately that didn’t seem to have filtered through to Gimpo. It is overly sweet and added to the rather thin body it feels like you would be as well drinking a glass of sugary water rather than makgeolli, it’s safe to say I wasn’t a fan and would have been a tad annoyed had I paid a ‘golden’ price for it to be honest. But it is a beautiful bottle! Continue reading #48 Gimpo Gold Rice Makgeolli (김포 금쌀 막걸리)

#47 Seobaeksan Black Bean Makgeolli (소백산 검은콩 막걸리)

When you first read this on the menu it doesn’t exactly set your taste-buds on fire but thankfully it tastes so much better than it sounds. It has quite a sweet and nutty taste which does mean it’s not the kind of makgeolli that you will want to drink multiple bottles of in the one sitting but is definitely one that you should more than enjoy savoring. It is a little like drinking black bean flavoured soy milk such as the consistency of the makgeolli. It is one of my favourite makgeollis and there is always an empty bottle of it on my table when last orders are called at the end of the night. Continue reading #47 Seobaeksan Black Bean Makgeolli (소백산 검은콩 막걸리)

#46 Chilgok Sindong Makgeolli ( 칠곡신동 막걸리)

Made by the Chil-gok brewery in North Gyeongsang, Sin Dong makgeolli is a slightly thicker than normal rice wine which makes it feel a little bit chalky although this is far from a criticism. The company boasts 140 years of tradition on their label and it definitely smells like a proper traditional rice wine unlike some of the recent ‘craft’ ricewines that are beginning to flood the market these days. It has a little bit of a sour aftertaste which for anyone who knows me will know that gets an extra ‘happy face’ every time. Despite the sour taste there is a little bit of banana  in each sip which I was pleasantly surprised with as there is no such forewarning on the label. If you close your eyes it almost tastes like the really popular brand of banana milk (바나나맛 우유), almost! Continue reading #46 Chilgok Sindong Makgeolli ( 칠곡신동 막걸리)

#45 Gangseo Mild Ale (강서)

Made by 7brau, Gangseo Mild Ale is advertised as being fruity and floral and based on the American Pale Ale style of beers with the fruity scent allegedly coming from a combination of orange and mango. It is by far one of my favourite Korean craft beers, it is light and crisp and has just the right amount of bite in the aftertaste. Gangseo Ale has been selected by the Korean Government for The Blue House (청와대) as their official beer for when they host International dinners and events and while it may not quite be the beer of Emperors it is definitely one of Korea’s finest craft beers and a must in any decent beer lover’s fridge. Continue reading #45 Gangseo Mild Ale (강서)