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 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.
Songak Brewery has been around in one form or another for over 60yrs although it does seem to have changed hands a few times over the years. It is not the easiest of makgeollis to find as it is mainly distributed in Asan City and the surrounding area, with this bottle being bought in a Jungang Market in Cheonan City. It comes in two different bottles, the standard 750ml and the larger 1500ml. Like many of the more traditional style makgeolli breweries the guys as Songak only use 100% domestic rice. It has a shelf-life of around 30 days so don’t be putting it in the back of the fridge and forgetting about it.
- A bitter and slightly thick makgeolli
- Costs 1000W in Jungang Market in Cheonan
- Goes well after a hard day’s teaching
- Alcohol – 6%