57. Craftroot Snow IPA (설 IPA)

For a long time Koreans were subjected to pretty bland beers and were turning, for the most part, to Japanese and Chinese beers for something that tasted of more than just the local tap water. One of the companies that emerged from this need for something more was Craftroot and with them they brought the exceptional Snow IPA which has got to be one of the best craft beers in Korea.  Snow IPA is not as strong as a lot of IPAs can tend to be and has more of a softer and more mellow feeling, which makes it easier to drink several cans in the one sitting. It has a slightly fruity aftertaste and is a little ‘hoppy’, like a West Coast IPA, but would definitely be my ‘goto’ IPA if only it was available in CU. Continue reading 57. Craftroot Snow IPA (설 IPA)

#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)