Korean Traditional Alcohol Tours

We here at MMPK have been operating Korean traditional alcohol tours for the past year or so through our network of makgeolli lovers and personal recommendations.  After thorough beta testing and development, we are now ready to launch our services to the world at large, and therefore have designed a brand new website to better showcase all the services we offer.  From tasting tours, brewery & museum tours, private brewing classes, brewing certificate courses and our international client consulting, we have developed services for all your makgeolli and Korean alcohol needs!

So if you are looking for something special and unique to do while in Korea, or simply want to broaden your alcohol knowledge horizons, check out our new service website and get in touch 🙂

Korean Traditional Alcohol Tours Website

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Makgeolli Brewing Certificate Program 2016

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We are officially in Year 3 of the English language Makgeolli Brewing Certificate Course, and we are excited to announce this year’s course dates and lineup!  After much feedback from last year regarding extended scheduling and time constraints, we have adjusted the course into two modules which will follow a weekly schedule every Monday evening from 7pm – 10pm.  The first module will cover all the rice preparation techniques required to follow any recipe, with the second module offering a higher level of chemistry, analysis and commercial context.  Completion of each module will award you a certificate from Gyeonggi University and Susubori Academy.

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What Is Involved in Module 1:  Brewing Foundations?

This course is designed to equip you with all the various techniques that allow for not only following traditional recipes, but also experimenting and developing your own brew.  Each technique class will have a theoretical and practical component, as well as introducing a new recipe each week.  A tasting will be included in each class featuring completed recipes from each technique, as well as representing brews available on the market.

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         What is Involved in Module 2:  Practical Applications and Analysis?

After arming yourself with all the skills and techniques makgeolli brewing fundamentals, you can then choose to further your knowledge and brewing arsenal with this more in depth course.  More theory based, this course will focus on the scientific elements of makgeolli fermentation as well as cultural and industry perspectives.

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Do I Have to Take All Classes, or Can I Just Take a Few?

This year the course will be running as a full module.  In order to receive the certificate, you must sign up before the commencement of the course and attend all 8 classes.  However, if at the time of course commencement there are additional places available, these will be offered to the public on a first come first served basis.

     I’ve Taken a Class Last Year, Can I Use that Class as Credit for the 2016 Course?

Yes!  We welcome anyone who has taken an Intro or Intermediate Class last year.  In the event that the class you took is repeated in Module 1, you will receive a discount on that class so as only to pay for the materials used.  In your registration, be sure to specify which classes you have taken in the past to receive your new quote.

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What is the Susubori Brewer’s Club?

This is an online forum for all experienced makgeolli brewers to share their experiences, issues and to share feedback on their brewing progress.  You can join the group here, and share your own experiences, ask questions and learn from others in the community.

How Much Does The Course Cost?

The full cost for each module is 450,000won all materials and tuition included.

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What is the Refund/Cancellation Policy?

If you sign up for the course and for some reason can no longer attend, refunds can only be offered before the commencement of the course.  Therefore please make sure you are 100 percent sure you will be able to attend before making your payment.  If in the event we are unable to hold the class due to low registration numbers or any unforeseen circumstances, your class fee may be refunded.

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How Do I Register?

Simply follow the link here to the course page here and click ‘Register’.

I Have More Questions!!

Go ahead and send us an email!  If there is anything you would like to ask us, please send an email to mmpkorea@gmail.com and we will do our best to answer it for you.

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We look forward to brewing, tasting and learning more about this amazing drink with you all 🙂

Baesangmyeon Neurin Maeul Brewery Tour – September 6th

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Date: Sunday, September 6th.

Time: 9am – 6.30pm

Place: Pocheon City, Gyeonggido.

What:  Transportation, Lecture, Guided Tour, Lunch, Unlimited Tastings

Reservations: Here.

Enquiries: mmpkorea@gmail.com

You may have heard us waxing lyrical over the last couple of years about a Makgeolli called Neurin Maeul. It’s certainly been a favourite of ours and has proven to be a hit with many of you out there in the community. If you have tried this brew and loved it, or if you would like to taste it in it’s own environment (in the wild, so to speak), then what better way than to spend an easy Sunday at the beginning of Fall at one of the most scenically beautiful, well designed breweries in the country: the Sansawon Brewery and Museum owned by Baesangmyun. (Their site is here.)

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Sansawon is an enchanting place where traditional Korean architecture, and brewing practices are envisioned and realized with precision and a modern aesthetic. This may not be the only place where one can see brewing as it was carried out in years gone by, but it is certainly the only place of it’s size, scale and attention to detail. See the past, present and future of the makgeolli industry unfold before your very eyes.

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In the spring we were privileged to lead the first English language tour of the Sansawon brewery in the sleepy little town of Pocheon to our esteemed guests the Royal Asiatic Society Korea, and now we would like to open this day tour to the public starting in September.

About Baesangmyun

Baesangmyeon Brewery could arguably be called Korea’s first craft makgeolli brewery. With generations of history and tradition, they continue a commitment to creating quality products with attention to detail and a deep understanding of brewing principles. In an industry that has largely been characterized by the use of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, Baesangmyeon has proven that with the right recipe, care and patience, a makgeolli brew can be produced that does not need additives. More than just makgeolli, Baesangmyeon is also exploring lost traditions by producing a range of inspired sojus and alcohols.

The Tour

We will leave Seoul at 9am, arriving at the brewery in Pocheon roughly 10:30am. We will begin with a tour of the museum which showcases a variety of artifacts from traditional brewing methods. We will explore the ways in which the Korean traditional alcohol industry has developed and changed, and learn about the history of Baesangmyeon Brewery. After touring the museum, we will then proceed to the classroom where we will have a presentation on how various traditional alcohols are made.

This will be followed by a guided tasting of a range of Baesangmyeon’s products where we will have the opportunity to contrast and compare different styles, flavors and techniques. We will then take a break for a picnic lunch outside in the beautiful grounds of Sansawon.

After lunch, we will begin our tour of the grounds. We will walk through the Hangari gallery where different alcohols are currently being aged, and learn about the machinery used over the years. After learning about the various aspects of the brewery, we will then have a final tasting of Baesangmyeon’s flagship makgeolli ‘Neurin Maeul’ in the specially designed outdoor bar, where the sweet fragrance of decades old alcohol catches the breeze as it blossoms from inside the large hangaris.

Finally you’ll have the chance to make any purchases you would like from the Brewery store before we  board the bus and we return to Seoul.

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How to Sign up

Tickets for the trip are on sale for 75,000KRW and are all inclusive of everything above. If you would like to make your reservation please fill out this form and let us know!

Come welcome the Fall at this beautiful spot, with good company and great craft booze.

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Were you on the R.A.S.K tour? Or have you visited this brewery before? We would to hear about your experience!! Drop us a line in the comments section!

Asan Folk Festival 2013!!

This time of year is always a busy season for Makgeolli, and we are only now getting the time to collect ourselves and reflect on the past few months.  Back in October we had the annual Asan Folk Village Festival weekend.  MMPK teamed up with the always awesome Susubori Academy, along with their expat brewing instructors Becca Baldwin and Dan Lenaghan, to offer a weekend of open air makgeolli classes.

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This year the classes were held over the course of two days, with the first class having the opportunity to stay overnight in the hanok village.  It was a beautiful moonlit night, and we all enjoyed a long night of country air and plenty of fresh makgeolli.

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Of course the highlight of the weekend was the Expat Brewing contest, where 8 creative makgeolli lovers came up with their own unique brew for the public to taste and rate.  This year saw some stiff competition, and the flavor combinations were nothing short of inspired.  The entries were as follows:

‘Jeolju’ – Becca Baldwin:  A 300 year old traditional Iyangju recipe with a lot of elbow grease in the making.

‘Sunrise Liquor’ – Dan Lenaghan:  An out-of-the-box Iyangju with red bean.

‘Baninja Reloaded’ – Julia Mellor: A revised (and much improved) version of last year’s entry; banana & ginger infused Iyangju.

‘Bad Seeds’ – Caroline Mahon:  A fragrant Danyangju with cardamon and cloves.

‘Creamy Cocoa Memories’ – Don Edwards:  A sweeter Danyangju inspiration incorporating cocoa and raisins.

‘Speckled Spice’ – Beryl Sinclair:  A spicy Iyangju with vanilla beans and black pepper.

‘Serious Cider’ – Staci Gray:  A carefully concocted ‘hard cider’ inspired Danyangju of apple and cinnamon.

‘Bae Saengang’ -Tyson Hanrahan:  A balanced Danyangju with pear and ginger flavorings.

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We had two categories for the voting.  The first was the public vote, where attendees of the festival could taste and choose their favorite among the 8 brews.  And then we had the Brewer’s Choice Awards, where class takers, Susubori & MMPK Staff voted for their top three brews.

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1st Place:  ‘Jeolju’ Becca Baldwin

2nd Place: ‘Baninja Reloaded’ Julia Mellor

3rd Place:  ‘Serious Cider’ Staci Gray

Brewers’ Choice Awards

1st Place:  ‘Serious Cider’ Staci Gray

2nd Place:  ‘Jeolju’ Becca Baldwin

3rd Place:  ‘Bad Seeds’ Caroline Mahon

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All in all, we had a fabulous weekend in excellent makgeolli loving company, and we just can’t wait until next year.  A big thanks as always to our hard working collaborative makgeolli team at Susubori Academy, who pulled together to make the whole thing happen.  Check out the photo gallery below for a closer look at some of the action 😉

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Weekend Makgeolli Course in English!

MMPK is pleased to announce a very special event coming up next weekend.  Instead of our regular meeting, we will be teaming up with our expat brewing instructors Becca Baldwin & Dan Lenaghan, Muldwinda, Susubori, Chez Mak, and the Makgeolli Bar Association to offer a weekend course to learn all things makgeolli!  This is the first event of its kind, and we are thrilled to be able to put together such an awesome program.  Here is an overview of what is on offer:

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Beginner Course at Chez Mak – Gangnam

Saturday Nov 2nd:     2:00pm – 5:30pm  Tasting Class

Sunday    Nov 3rd:      2:00pm – 6:00pm   Brewing Class:  Introduction to Makgeolli Brewing

Advanced Course at Muldwinda – Chungjeongno

Saturday Nov 2nd:   12:00pm – 2:30pm  Brewing Class:  How to Make Nuruk

Sunday   Nov 3rd:       2:00pm – 6:00pm  Tasting Class

Cost of the Whole 2 Day Course:  20,000won

Participants are able to choose which course suits their needs best, and then register for either Beginner or Advanced level.  Each course will have a limit of 15 spaces, so if you would like to sign up, send us an email at mmpkorea@gmail.com with your Name, Phone Number, and Course Level, and we will send you transfer details.

****Bonus****

For the first 15 people to complete their registration, you will receive a bottle of our expert instructors’ winning homebrew!  So send those emails and get those payments in quick 😉

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Chuseok Jeon Making Class Success!

Mamas & Papas came together to learn how to make a Chuseok staple: Jeon! We had expert instruction from the head chef at Muldwinda, who patiently coached us into making the perfect Jeon. We then successfully demolished all our jeon with plenty of delicious makgeolli. We are as ever grateful for the awesome hospitality we always receive when at Muldwinda. Keep your eyes open for more events like this in the future 🙂

 

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Makgeolli Making Class Success

We spent last Saturday up to our elbows in rice, water, and nuruk, all in the name of makgeolli brewing education.  The good people at Susubori Academy and expat Brewers Becca Baldwin & Dan Lenaghan walked us through the ins and outs of fermentation, and our Mamas & Papas relished every minute.

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We enjoyed detailed instruction, a blind tasting, and then got down to the business of making individual brews.  After all that hard work, we were treated to some premium makgeolli and anjou next door at Muldwinda.  All in all it was an excellent way to spend a Saturday, and we can’t wait to hear just how well our Mamas & Papas brews turn out!

For full photo coverage, check out our gallery 😉

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Intro to Makgeolli Brewing Class

It’s all about Homebrew this weekend!  If you missed your chance to come to our Asan Makgeolli Making Festival, never fear!  This Saturday at Susubori Academy there will be an ‘Intro to Makgeolli Brewing’ class.  It will be taught by experienced expat makgeolli brewers, so all in English for all those burning brewing questions.  If you would like more comprehensive details, check out the Facebook event page here

Date: November 17th

Time:  2pm-5pm

Cost:  35,000won

Location:  Susubori Academy, Chungjeongno

How to Register:   Send the organizers a message first via facebook or email at becca.baldwin@gmail.com or   dlenaghan@gmail.com

Deadline:  Thursday November 15th

 We will definitely be going to brush up on our skills, so hope to see you there!