#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)

#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)

#44 Busan Ssal Tak Makgeolli (부산 쌀탁 막걸리)

Produced by the Busan Sanseong Brewery,  Ssal Tak lacks the bite of some of the brewery’s other offerings which, in my opinion, rank among some of the best. The first gulp actually has a decent enough taste, if a little sweet, but it lacks the body of a ‘top 10’ rice wine and ends up feeling quite thin and watery. It’s far from being a terrible makgeolli and if it was as readily available as a Jangsoo or Saeng Tak then all could be forgiven but unfortunately it is quite difficult to locate and in all honesty it struggles to be worth the pursuit unless you enjoy being the Indiana Jones of Makgeolli hunting. Continue reading #44 Busan Ssal Tak Makgeolli (부산 쌀탁 막걸리)