Registration for October 29th Meeting Open!!

comic-books

Ever wondered what it might be like to be in Korea during the 90’s?  Well this Saturday we are time machining all the way back to comic books, power rangers….and of course, makgeolli!  There is a quirky bar near Konkuk University that is all decked out in memorabilia from Nintendo 64s to protractor stencil sets.

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But the best thing about it, this bar actually has quite a decent selection of makgeolli!  It can be tough to get all the boxes ticked, but so far from what we have seen, we have high hopes for this bar.

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So if you would like to join us for a trip down memory lane, email mmpkorea@gmail.com for a spot!

Registration for September 24th Meeting Open!!

The light at the end of that long dark summer tunnel is clear!  And we have just the place to enjoy some awesome Korean alcohol and equally delicious food.  Our meeting this Saturday will be to check out the rather new location of Wolhyang.

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For those of you who might have followed our tastings in previous years, Wolhyang was one of the first makgeolli bars to offer higher quality brews in a more modern dining atmosphere.  A name which has become synonymous with makgeolli bars, the previous locations in Hongdae and Seogyeo-dong were sadly closed, and now we have a new look and menu at the Yeoido location to peruse!

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One of the special things about Wolhyang is that they offer variations of their own house brew, including their wonju (which for all the brewers out there that know is the un-watered down version 😉 )

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So if you would like to check out the new Yeoido location of Wolhyang with us this Saturday, send an email to mmpkorea@gmail.com to sign up!

Registration for August 27th Meeting Open!!!

Get ready Mamas & Papas, we are going old school comfort for our meeting this Saturday!  The last few meetings have been some incredible fine dining experiences, but we decided to switch it up a little and check out a little gem in the Sillim area.

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Whilst there are no shortage of rough and ready makgeolli bars around Seoul, it can be a tough ask to find one with great atmosphere AND great makgeolli.

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Well, fear not we have done the legwork and have found this rare combination.  Whilst we have never been to this place before, the MMPK team has actually studied brewing with the owner, so we know we will be in good company!

sootdae food

The location features some classic Korean style dishes in the old tavern style, and has been around since 1989 (no small feat for bars in Seoul!).  So if you would like to join us, send an email to mmpkorea@gmail.com 🙂

Registration for May 28th Meeting Open!!

Soooo…..Spring sprung and sprang it’s way out of here, as it appears we are straight into the hot months of summer.  But that doesn’t stop the tasting exploration, as this Saturday is April’s MMPK regular meeting!  Usually we would entice you with pictures of food and fridges taken from the many internet people who have checked out the location before us, but this place is so new there aren’t any yet.

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The place we are visiting is a brand new remodeled hanok in a quiet back alley of the Insadong neighborhood, that features one of the most impressively stocked fridges of top shelf makgeolli we have seen.  And yes, full disclosure, this location has been previewed in person due to the lack of online information, and the snippet of what we saw was enough for us to commit!  What was it that sealed the deal you might ask?  Guacamole.  Yes you heard us, top shelf makgeolli paired with tortilla chips and guacamole.  Done deal.

So if you want to join us on the front lines of exploring this fresh off the press location, send and email to mmpkorea@gmail.com to sign up 🙂

Registration for April 30th Meeting Open!!

Phew, where did that month go?! It’s already the very end of April and that means our monthly tasting meeting is happening this Saturday the 30th! For this meeting we are going casual neighborhood style in the super trendy Yeonnam dong area (close to Hongdae).  This recently opened place was recommended to us from one of our regular meeting goers, with the word being the owner also studied brewing (our favourite kind of people 🙂 )

Hidden alley squid

The bar itself looks like it has some homey, rustic style foods with a fairly large selection of quaff-able brews.  It’s not a huge space, so we will be keeping numbers to a minimum at this meeting so if you would like to come, sign up swiftly!

Hidden Alley brew

As always, email mmpkorea@gmail.com to get your spot 🙂

Goyang Makgeolli Festival 2016

The blossoms are blooming and we are mid-way through this year’s cherry blossom season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more flowers to be amazed and take selfies in front of!  And what better way to enjoy the spring air and newly sprung flowers than with some makgeolli in hand?  Thankfully someone else thought of this winning combination, and made a festival specifically for flowers & makgeolli.

Goyang Makgeolli Festival

 

When:  April 29th – May 15th

Time:  11am – 9pm

Where:  Outdoor Square of Goyang One Mount (website in English for One Mount can be found here)  For directions follow the link and click on One Mount Transportation for a multitude of options.

What:  Free tastings of makgeolli from the 8 provinces of Korea, a variety of food dishes and performances.  Goyang is famous for its International Flower Festival which is held every year, and is one of the biggest flower festivals in Korea.  This year there will be a makgeolli festival to go along with it, so you can get the best of both festivals. The flower festival is held around Ilsan Lake and more information about it can be found here.

Get out and enjoy some makgeolli in the spring air with plenty of flowers!

 

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.

Soaking Rice Makgeolli

Draining Rice

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.

Makgeolli Class outside Susubori

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

2015 Jarasum Makgeolli Festival – Wrap up

Jipyeong with Fifties Girls

As November oh so quickly rolls in, we say goodbye to yet another Makgeolli Festival, and this one was truly something special.  As many may know, the last Thursday of every October is designated as ‘Makgeolli Day’.  NurukEvery year from this day, and following through the whole weekend, you can always expect some kind of celebration in the name of our favorite rice brew.   In previous years we have seen various different festivals in Seoul, but this year marks the first event outside the capital, and sets a precedent for what may be a regular fixture on the ‘must-do’ calendar.

Favorite Fish Man

                                                        Jarasum (Jara Island) has been made famous by the annual Jazz festival, which brings exceptional artists from around the globe for a weekend of good music and outdoor fun.

This past weekend marked the inaugural Jarasum Makgeolli Festival, which set its sights on bringing together not just all the makgeolli from around the nation, but also bringing food pairings from makgeolli bars and local producers.

We were especially privileged to taste the fish from this master (pictured right), who grills some of the best Godingeo (고딩어) ever tasted.  He took festival friendliness to a new level, bringing our hungry Happy Hour guests some fresh grilled fish.  Look out for this guy next time, he knows what he’s doing 🙂

As for MMPK, we had a lot of work to do!

Dan Julz InstructingWe were so excited to have the opportunity to bring all the things that we have learned to a festival, bringing tastings galore.  For anyone who might have attended one of our meetings or tours, they know that we are passionate about supporting the smaller brewers on the market, and this was a chance to bring those hardworking brewers to the fore!  We offered Artisan Tasting Sessions, with a lineup curated to show the best of what is on offer in bars around Seoul.  All brews were aspartame free and had a variety of flavor profiles that appealed to a range of palates.  The best part about the sessions?  Being able to tell the stories behind every brew, and hearing the equally varied feedback on from our eager tasters.   Below is this year’s MMPK Artisan Tasting Lineup:

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Artisan Tasting - Gotaek Saengju

Artisan Tasting - Jahuihyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artisan Tasting - Mangangae Bichindal

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Llwy Julz Brewers TastingBut tasting wasn’t limited to just the Artisans, the expat brewing community also brought their entries for the fourth annual Susubori Academy Expat Makgeolli Brewing Contest.  For the past four years, expats in the makgeolli brewing community have been concocting their own special brews to compete for the title.  Last year Mark Salinas took the number one spot with a brew incorporating water and mugwart brought laboriously from a hike to Bukhansan (Bukhan Mountain).

 

 

Tasting Table

This year included a diverse and creative selection, with infusions and recipe experimentation the likes of which we had yet seen.  During the festival, whomever came to the booth could taste from the ten entrants and vote for their favorite.  The winners are yet to be announced, but we will be sure to update as soon as they come through!

Brewing Class MixingIf that wasn’t all, MMPK also teamed up with Makgeolli Makers & Susubori Academy to offer free Introduction to Brewing Makgeolli Classes.  Twice a day, both on Saturday and Sunday, visitors could get their basic grounding in the world of makgeolli brewing and take home their very own brew.

Saturday Morning Class Montage

 

And then there was the festival itself!

Rock Stage

The main tent in the middle of grounds was continually abuzz with musical performances and food stalls, getting particularly rowdy when it hit after 8pm 🙂  And as the days dawned with crisp air (albeit cold enough for eyebrow-sicles in the very wee hours), with blue skies and mountains as a backdrop, it was hard not to be in a good mood.  Tents lined up surrounding the main tent, giving out samples of their wares as well as exhibitions of Korea’s finest representations of alcohol.

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As each day came to a close, the MMPK tent went into Happy Hour mode.  With endless brews and endless meat on hand, crew and visitors ate and drank the night away under the clear, star filled sky until their toes were numb.

After all the preparation, anticipation and running of the event, there is just one thing that sticks in our minds as the most memorable.  The people of our community are what make these festivals not just possible, but also joyful and just a rollicking good time.   We are nothing if not the people who support us, and that was more than evident this past weekend.  So we would like to give a heartfelt ~ Thank You ~ to our Brewers, Volunteers, and Supporters (yes, you all get capitals 😉 ) because without you, we would would never have been able to have such an awesome event.

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We can’t wait till next year for the next installment of the Jarasum Makgeolli Festival 🙂

Until then Mamas & Papas 🙂

 

2015 New Year Party @Muldwinda!!

                                                Happy New Year Mamas & Papas!

It’s a brand new year, and we feel like celebrating!  The team here at MMPK have big plans for the makgeolli industry this year, and we thought, what better way to kick it all off than with a party?  We sat down with the team at Muldwinda & Susubori Academy to put together a shindig of deliciousness.

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Date:   Saturday, January 24th

Time:  7:30 till late

Cost:  40,000won prepaid  (45,000won at the door)

Drink:  

                Unlimited Makgeolli (Hand Picked by MMPK)

We sat down with our partners at Muldwinda and have selected a range of makgeolli that we personally and other members in our community have enjoyed. In addition, all the brews we have selected are aspartame free 🙂

                A Bottle of Homebrew

Myself and Papa Dan have been beavering away in Susubori Academy, brewing up a special makgeolli to give to each guest.

                Free Premium Tasting

We have invited a range of premium brewers to showcase their Takju, and there will be a free tasting at the event. If you like what you taste, you are also welcome to purchase any of the brew on offer.

                Secret Brew Tasting Competition

We thought it might be a bit of fun to test those taste buds! In addition to the bottle of homebrew, we also brewed up a special taster with three secret ingredients. Upon arrival, you can taste and guess what those three ingredients are for the chance to win a prize.

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Food:     

                  Buffet

No good having a night of makgeolli without delicious food! To that end, there will be a buffet of all sorts delicious goods to pair with the brews.

Events:   

                  Meet The Brewers

For those out there who have always wanted to know the face behind that premium makgeolli, we have invited some members from the brewing community to attend. You will have the opportunity to meet and taste their brews, and ask any burning questions you’ve always had.

                  Prizes

We are cooking up some activities with some pretty cool prizes. We don’t want to give away all our secrets, so come join us to find out 🙂

Muldwinda Kettle

 

Sign Up: 

                     mmpkorea@gmail.com

If you or anyone you know would like to join us in celebrating the start of what we hope will be a very prosperous year in the makgeolli industry, send us an email with the full name and contact number of those attending, and we will give payment details.

 

We look forward to celebrating with you, one and and all, to get an amazing year started with delicious makgeolli and good friends 🙂

 

A new year is dawning…

 

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Hello to all of you makgeolli lovers out there,

MMPK-Flyer2Here at MMPK HQ we have been making plans for the first quarter of next year~~

After a period of relative down time and prepping for bigger things in 2015 we are back in action and will be in full swing, involved in all things Makgeolli.

Things to look out for:

Our up and coming meetings being held on the dates you can see on our flyer on the left…

Held every 3 weeks, these are a great opportunity to find a new makgeolli bar and discover what they have to offer with us. Contribute to the evenings banter and the subsequent review on this webpage. You can also learn about the specific makgeolli you’re having by discussing it directly with our experts in an informal and fun setting~~ what joy!

As always we will announce registrations around a week before each meeting, however feel free to email us in advance if you want to reserve your place early (meetings do fill up quickly)

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We are looking to do some serious updating on this page as well to give you more information on the market makgeolli available in the stores around Seoul ~ to give you an overview and help you identify what you are seeing at your local shop/mall or makgeolli bar. There are also a number of special events in pipeline to be hosted by us and as we are very sociable and friendly here at MMPK we would love to meet you in person at any of our makgeolli gatherings. Our community means everything to us and sadly it is not always practical in this big wide world for us to get together face to face…

So, if due to reasons of time or distance you are unable to join us in person then our online community on facebook and twitter are still going strong so feel free to contribute your thoughts, opinions, discoveries and makgeolli adventures with us through whichever social media service you prefer ~~

We wish you a happy holiday season from all of us here,

Love Mamas and Papas xxx