What Are The Neurin Maeul Brew Pubs?
These are the brew pubs of Baesangmyeon Brewery, and they are the force behind Neurin Maeul (느린마을) Makgeolli, which is an all chemical & aspartame free brew. Baesangmyeon’s brew philosophy is all about tradition, quality of ingredients and all natural processes. They don’t just stop at makgeolli, they have an extensive range of rice & fruit wines, including premium infused soju. At each of their showcase brew pubs they have a large selection of fruit wines, cheongjus, sojus and makgeolli’s for take home purchase. There are three brew pubs in Seoul where you can experience fresh Neurin Maeul brewed on site, an experience no other makgeolli brewery currently offers. Each brew pub has a different atmosphere, but each offer similar menus and varieties of alcohol. They also have a free membership program which gives you excellent benefits such as unlimited makgeolli, cheongju and soju for 10,000won for a 2 hour period. MMPK has regularly visited each Neurin Maeul location, and we readily recommend them as places to get an excellent overview of the spectrum of Korean traditional alcohol.
Neurin Maul Brewery & Pub – Yangjae
Address: 서울 서초구 양재동 67-2 우곡빌딩
Free Tasting Area: Yes
Atmosphere: The Yangjae location of the three Neurin Maeul Pubs was the first to brew on site, and it is actually in the building of the Brewery’s offices. The neighborhood of Yangjae houses a lot of offices, and the crowd at the pub of an evening is often office workers coming in for a few drinks at the end of the day. It’s a little more out of the way in terms of entertainment locations, but the atmosphere is cosy and lively, and they have a number of rooms for big groups. A special feature of this location is that they also have an outdoor terrace for the warmer seasons.
Recommendation: For those looking for a casual but quality makgeolli experience.
Neurin Maeul Brewery & Pub – Gangnam
Address: 서울특별시 서초구 서초동 1316-28 우송빌딩 지하 1층
Free Tasting Area: No
Atmosphere: Of course being in Gangnam, this location has a much more trendy and busy atmosphere than both Yangjae and Jongno. The crowd that can be seen at Gangnam is much younger and louder, and people are more likely to let their hair down at this pub. It is a very popular hangout, and it is not unusual to see a line or have to wait for a table, however the size of the location usually means the lines move fairly quickly. One thing to note is that the Gangnam location is more of a restaurant and bar, and whilst you can buy some alcohols for take out, the selection is not as diverse as the other two locations.
Recommendation: For those looking for a more party atmosphere, or a good quality makgeolli experience in the Gangnam area.
Neurin Maeul Brewery & Pub – Jongno Center One Building
Address: 서울특별시 중구 수하동 67 미래에셋센터원빌딩 2층
Free Tasting Area: No
Atmosphere: This is the most recent installment in the Neurin Maeul Brewery Pubs situated on the Cheongyecheon, and it is by far the largest. It is housed in one of the biggest financial buildings near Euljiro 1-ga station, and you can certainly feel the size of the pub on entry. However despite being so big, the atmosphere is still quite busy without being overwhelmingly so. One feature at this bar is that you can ask for them to bring you a free tasting of the four seasons of Neurin Maeul to help you make your choices.
Recommendation: If you find yourself in the Gwangwhamun or Jongno area, this location is a nice way to finish off a day of sightseeing or stream wandering.
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What about the Supermarket?
Don’t forget that you can also get Neurin Maeul at a number of different supermarkets in Seoul, including Homeplus and Emart. If you’re wondering if your local supermarket carries it, check out our lists here and here.