#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)

#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)

#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)