#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)

#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)

#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)

#11 Magpie Brewing Co. (맥파이브루잉 컴퍼니)

When the ‘craft-plosion’ started to hit the streets of Seoul in the early 2010’s, Magpie was one of the founding fathers at the front of the line as Seoul’s drinkers were finally offered an alternative to an “oh-beck” Cass and a dish of stale popcorn. The brewery started in the then less than luxurious surroundings of a Kyungridan alley and has gone from strength to strength. Magpie offers a core selection of Pale Ale, IPA (my personal favourite), Porter and Kolsch but also has various ‘seasonal’ options from time to time such as the fantastic Alpine Lager. Unlike some of the other craft breweries out there Magpie is incredibly well-priced with most of their selection coming in at 6000W for a “pint”.

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