#12 Jeju Udo Peanut Makgeolli (우도 땅콩 막걸리)

Hailing from Jeju’s Udo Island this peanut makgeolli is one of those types of drink that tastes better in your head than in reality. Jeju might be famous for producing great oranges, healthy mineral water and the best Soju around but it’s safe to say that this island product is not going to be winning any food and drink awards any time soon. Although it does taste exactly like peanuts it has an overpowering sweetness that brought memories of that sweet peanut candy my mother used to buy me to shut me up back in the 80s.

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#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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#7 Jeju Baengnokdam Ale (제주 백록담)

Named after Jeju’s famous Baengnokdam Lake which sits atop Hallasan Mountain, this ale is one of a few craft beers that have made their way Seoulside from Korea’s island paradise of late. Brewed by the Jeju Jungmun Brewery, Baengnokdam is a ‘Whitbeer’ style ale with a particularly fruity aftertaste which lingers almost as long as last night’s BBQ smoke. Continue reading #7 Jeju Baengnokdam Ale (제주 백록담)

#3 Halla-San Soju (한라산 소주)

First those pesky Jeju-ites pulled us close with their Samdasoo mineral water and then they won us over forever by using arguably Korea’s finest water in their own brand of Soju. Named after South Korea’s tallest peak, Halla-san Soju is the pinnacle of Korea’s Soju range and is possibly the only one that can rival Sake for ease of drinking and taste: let’s be honest few of us actually enjoy Korea’s number one liquor. Continue reading #3 Halla-San Soju (한라산 소주)