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!

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Helen’s Kitchen (헬렌스 키친)

Name: Helen’s Kitchen (헬렌스 키친)

Location: Samseong Dong

Reviewed by: Mamas & Papas on August 16th, 201420140816215621010 Thoughts: Helens kitchen is a genuine gem among the facades of glitz and money that are abound in Samseong dong. With many of Seoul high end hotels, the casino and the fantastic COEX center a stones throw away from Helen’s place you would be forgiven for missing it. However, it is absolutely worth taking the time to find! Helen’s fluent English articulates her passion for makgeolli,and her constantly changing drinks menu is indicative of a restaurant owner who lovingly curates the drinks she serves.

Location: Overall **** 4.5 Stars

Food:

20140816200344600Seafood Jeon 해물하전   **** 4 stars (Thick, fluffy, crunchy, Fresh)

Potato Jeon 감자전  ** 2.5 stars      (Soft, gooey, bland)

Tofu Steak 두부스테이크  ***** 5 Stars (Succulent, Sauted Veggies, Herbs!! (in Korean food!?),Aromatic)

Squid 오징어 *** 3.5 Stars  (Fresh, Clean, Juicey, vibrant)   20140816193323308 20140816193328708     Makgeolli Mamas & Papas Highly recommend the Tofu Steak. It is unusual to have herbs included in Korean cooking, however this dish is a unique fusion of east and west and an attractive alternative to Tofu and Kimchi (두부킴치). 20140816200334228 Makgeolli:  Deoksan 덕산 *** 3 Stars – Pungent aroma, balance of dry/sweet, vanilla notes

GeumJeongSan 금정산 **** 4 stars – sherbet tang, complex, thick,

Jahui Hyang 자희향 **** 4.5 stars – Floral, creamy, smooth, liqueur-like

Milyang Makgeolli 밀양막걸리 *** 3stars  – (personally sourced by Helen in Milyang, Gyeongsangnamdo) tart, light, clean, balanced

We were also lucky enough to be presented with a variety of Cheongju (청주), which is the clear sweet wine drink, which remains suspended when the sediment of freshly brewed makgeolli has settled to the bottom of the vessel. Helen presented us with some experimental cheongu from 복순도가 and from 밀양막걸리 which are currently not available for sale~~ delicious!! ~~ Don’t worry we will be providing more varied information about cheongju soon! 

Beoksundoga's experimental cheongju - An apple vinaigrette flavour!
Beoksundoga’s experimental cheongju – An apple vinaigrette flavour!

What M&P Liked: Helen. She has a very clear and vibrant passion for her line of work: personally travelling around the country to visit breweries and villages that sell bottles which are generally unavailable in Seoul. Whether she hears about them through word of mouth, or if they are just her personal favorites is something you can chat about when you meet her ~ She will tirelessly explain each of the brews she provides, their origins and will answer any questions you care to ask her. Her Makgeolli list is always changing, and she guarantees that everything she has in stock is freshly delivered and at it’s best.

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What M&P Disliked: Aspartame. As you may know we do our best to steer away from makgeollies which contain Aspartame as an artificial sweetener. However, the majority of  varieties on the market in general do contain it. Helen’s selection is fantastic, however a lot of what she has are Aspartame brews. However, Helen is considering moving to a larger location in the same area and mentioned she will be stocking a lot more premium bottles in future (Most of which are Aspartame free!). We will keep in touch with Helen and will inform our jolly makgeolli loving friends when and to where she moves! 20140816211138110

   Address:  149-31 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 135-878

    Map: Here

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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 😉

yeast and nuruk