#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)

#43 Gapyeong Pine Nut 1872 Makgeolli (가평 잣 1872 막걸리)

Made by the Woorisool Company, who also brought us the ‘standard’ Gapyeong makgeolli (review here) Gapyeong Pine Nut made the Michelin Guide website in June 2019 as one of their recommended rice wine parings (see here). As the review said it is a smooth and easy-to-drink makgeolli and given how disgusting the cans of pine nut “juice” are it was more than a little bit surprising just how good this tasted. It is quite thin and does tend to lack the thick body of a Geunjeongsanseong (review here) but it more than makes up for that in taste. On the first sip it appears to have a typical makgeolli taste but then suddenly there is a subtle hint of nuttiness that sets it apart from more generic offerings. Continue reading #43 Gapyeong Pine Nut 1872 Makgeolli (가평 잣 1872 막걸리)

#42 Cheongcho Lake Golden Ale (청초호)

Made by the Craftroot Brewing Company in Sokcho, Gangwon-do (website here), Cheongcho Lake Golden Ale is named after one of Sokcho’s more popular tourist spots and walking trails. The beer itself is slightly cloudy and has a little bit of bite about it although whether it has a strong enough taste to set itself apart as an “ale” rather than a lager type beer I’m not so sure. It is a refreshing drink though and is more than a welcome addition to Korea’s ever expanding craft beer portfolio. It is definitely worth picking up a can or three if you can find it as it won’t disappoint, is it the best of Craftroot’s beers? No, but it is still head and shoulders above a can of Max!!! Continue reading #42 Cheongcho Lake Golden Ale (청초호)

#41 Pocheon Myeongga Makgeolli (포천명가 생막걸리)

Pocheon Myeongga “Famous” Makgeolli has recently been making is presence felt more and more among the Jipyeong (review here) and Jangsoo bottles in most makgeolli bar refrigerators. It is a light and refreshing rice wine without being particularly unique. It would definitely be a good drink for a balmy Korean summer night due to it’s lack of fizz and smooth body however. It does have a slight aftertaste but it is far from overpowering and, to be honest, could be doing with being a little bit stronger for those of us who enjoy having our jaws pulled in a little. Continue reading #41 Pocheon Myeongga Makgeolli (포천명가 생막걸리)

#40 ‘Alley’ Makgeolli (골목 막걸리)

골목 or”alley” Makgeolli was actually discovered on celebrity chef Baek Jong-won’s TV program ‘Alley Restaurant’ (백종원의 골목식당) on one of his trips to Daejeon. It is a very easy and pleasant makgeolli to drink, it is a little thin but without being watery and is one of those rice wines that you could easily drink all night. It is a simple but solid makgeolli that does have you raising your hand towards the nearest waiter for another. Park Yoo-Deok who brews the makgeolli said that he has purposefully focused on the use of good quality water and has kept the taste more “neutral” so it goes better with food. Continue reading #40 ‘Alley’ Makgeolli (골목 막걸리)

#39 Jeonju Saeng Makgeolli (전주 생 막걸리)

Jeonju Saeng Makgeolli has an almost nutty aroma to it and has a slight, but definitely not overpowering, sweetish taste. Made by the Jeonju Casting brewery it does only have an strength of 5.5% which is a little lower than your normal makgeolli and is quite surprising given the relatively strong taste. It needs a good sake before drinking in order to make sure that it is properly mixed. Continue reading #39 Jeonju Saeng Makgeolli (전주 생 막걸리)