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.

New Year Party Poser

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.

mmpk secret brew

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 🙂

 

Advertisements

MMPK Best 5 Makgeolli Bars of 2013

We had a very full year of exploring makgeolli bars all over Seoul last year, and we made some amazing discoveries.  There are a lot of factors that go into making a great makgeolli bar experience, and there is no shortage of different styles to enjoy.  We here at MMPK took a look back at the bars we reviewed in 2013, and came up with what we would consider the best 5 places to discover, learn and enjoy makgeolli.  Although some bars were reviewed a little earlier, we regularly returned to these in 2013, as we simply couldn’t stay away from them.

5 – Moomyeong Jip (Sangsu) 무명집 Interior It’s hard to go past the bar where we had our first official MMPK meeting.  It had been on our radar before we had even started exploring the world of makgeolli, and for good reason.  The big draw card of Moomyeong Jip is the balance of all elements.  The atmosphere is relaxed, comfortable and modern, the food is delicious, and the makgeolli selection is extensive.  We have made many trips back here when looking for a casual bowl with friends, and we will sure to be back many times in the future.

How to get there: Go to Sangsu (상수) station on line 6 and take exit 3.  As soon as you come out of the station turn right and go down the hill.  You will see 무명집 on the left, on the 2ndfloor.

Address:  서울특별시 마포구 상수동 329- 7번지 2층 To see our first review of Moomyeong Jip, check here

4.  Tricycle (Hapjeong) Tricycle Bossam One of our favourite makgeolli experiences was at this bar, which truly takes pride in both the makgeolli and food.  All Mamas  & Papas were impressed by each dish that we tried, and there were numerous makgeollis on the menu that are difficult to find at just any bar.  The highlight of the bar was the manager, who took care to select a range of different makgeollis for us to try, arranging them in an appropriate tasting order.   It might be a little pricier than your average makgeolli bar, but then again it’s just not average.

How to get there: Go to Hapjeong station and come out exit 8.  Make a quick U-turn and you will see a construction walkway.  Walk through this and follow the hill down for about 10 minutes.  Tricycle is tucked away on the left hand side of the road, keep an eye out for their sign.

Address: 서울특별시 마포구 합정동 426-1 To see our review of Triycle, click here.

3.  Makgeolli School (Isu) Paul with bottle We often find new bars by recommendations from others, and that was just how we found Makgeolli School.  This tiny little bar was just too small for a regular MMPK meeting, so instead we approached the manager to have a special tasting with MMPK staff and regulars.   We were still learning so much about the makgeolli scene, and we were treated to an eye-opening array of various tastes, ingredients and regional makgeollis.  It cannot be denied that Makgeolli School is always well stocked with the usual suspects (and some of the not so usual) and it has some of the most comforting anjou we have experienced.  Make sure you try the Ojing-oh Soondae, you won’t be disappointed!

How to Get There:  Come out of Isu station (line 7 & 4) exit 10.  Walk straight for a bit and take your first right.  Walk down this street until you come to Makgeolli School ( 막걸리 학교,) a tiny little bar on the right.

Address:   144-16 Sadang-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul

To see a write up of our experiences at Makgeolli School, click here.

2.  Story of the Blue Star (Insadong) blue star Not every makgeolli experience is all about the selection available, sometimes you just want a big kettle with some good, simple anjou.  What better place to enjoy that kettle than inside a cozy, traditional hanok?  Story of the Blue Star is tucked away in a small alley at the top the Insadong main street, and it’s a place where you can settle in and forget about the rest of the world.  There is just one kind of makgeolli on offer, though there are variations by adding certain flavor powders.  Although that makgeolli contains some aspartame (which we here at MMPK are definitely not fans of), the anjou is organic and fresh, and they pair together delicously.   If you are looking for a traditional makgeolli experience, we regularly point people in the direction of the Blue Star.

How to get there: Go to Anguk station on line3,  exit 6.  Walk a whole 5 meters and turn left down a very narrow alley between a parking lot (left) and a building.  When the alley opens up, the makgeolli house will be on your right.  You may feel unsure about being in the right place, but you are, it’s a hanok. Head on in!

Address:  서울 종로구 관훈동 118-15 To read our review of Story of the Blue Star, click here.

1.  Muldwinda (Chungjeongno) 2012-11-05 22.18.06-1 There is one bar in Seoul that is committed to providing not just the best possible kinds of makgeolli, but also the best of all kinds of Korean traditonal liqour.  Muldwinda is a place where you can experience small brewery makgeollis that you cannot find anywhere else in Seoul, including a whole new world of cheongju and premium soju.  What makes Muldwinda the premier makgeolli bar, is its true belief in supporting good product and the brewers behind it.  It is connected with (and next door to) Susubori Academy, which is an Academy for learning to brew all kinds of Korean traditional alcohol.   It is stylish, relaxed, and a home for all those who want to discover the emerging market of truly delicious brews.

How to get there: Go to Chungjeongno station (line 2 & 5) and take exit 7.  Turn right immediately and follow the road for about 7-10 minutes.  It’s a quiet street, so you might feel like you are going the wrong way, untilyou will see a shining white building across the street with lights and windows…this is Muldwinda.

Address: 충정로3가 3-12 (경기대로 43) To read our very first review of Muldwinda, click here.  (Note:  This review was in 2012, and since then many new, small brewery makgeollis have become available.  We will be profiling these makgeollis seperately soon)

Muldwinda: Menu

Who Is Muldwinda?

Muldwinda is arguably the best makgeolli bar in all of Seoul.  They run in close partnership with Susubori Academy, which is the premier school for traditional alcohol brewing education.  Their knowledge of craft makgeolli and their commitment to nurturing the development of makgeolli culture is unparalleled, and you will be hard pressed to find a more relaxed and satisfying evening than at this bar.   It has a laid back & calming atmosphere, and their food reflects the same quality as their makgeolli.

The Muldwinda MMPK Makgeolli Week Menu

Photo 2013. 11. 4. 오전 12 28 37

So What Do I Do For MMPK Makgeolli Week?

For Muldwinda, all you need to do is decide which day you want to go between November 7 – 17th….and go!  Except Sundays, which are closed days.  Once at Muldwinda, you can order off the MMPK Makgeolli Week Menu, or additionally from the regular menu.  Any time during MMPK Makgeolli Week you will be able to order from the above menu.

How Do I Get There?

Come out of Chungjeongno station exit 7.  You will see a Beans Bins coffee shop on the corner, turn right and follow the road until  just before you reach a convenience store on your right.  You will see a white building with windows across the road, this is Muldwinda.  Below is a simple map.
photo (1) (1)
The address is  서울 서대문구 충정로3가 3-12   Ph: (02) 392 4200 (Closed Sundays)

Tell Us Your Experiences!

If you check out Muldwinda, we want to know about it!  Take a picture of your makgeolli, food or friends and post them on our Facebook wall with a comment of your experiences.  Don’t forget to fill out the feedback card while your their with your details, as there will be a lucky prize winner at the end of MMPK Makgeolli Week.

We will be visiting each bar frequently, so hope to see you all there.  If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to email us at mmpkorea@gmail.com!

Happy MMPK Makgeolli Week Mamas & Papas 🙂

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:

Tasting Cups

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

MMPK Makgeolli Week!!!

What is MMPK Makgeolli Week?

You’ve heard of Restaurant Week, you’ve heard of Food Week, well now Makgeolli Mamas & Papas Korea proudly presents the very first MMPK Makgeolli Week!

Over the course of our 2 years in operation, MMPK has had the opportunity to explore, taste and discover so many fantastic makgeolli bars.  We feel passionately about spreading the word about not only where to try, but also what is best on the menu at the bars we review. We know it’s not always easy to know where to go, what to order, or most importantly which makgeolli you might like.

And so the concept of MMPK Makgeolli Week was born! We got together with 2 of the best makgeolli operations in Seoul to team up in a 10 day long event, showcasing their very best makgeolli and food. Both Muldwinda and the recently opened Neurin Maeul Brewery & Pub, are experts in the makgeolli industry and have each designed a special MMPK Makgeolli Week menu. You will have the opportunity to experience the best of what these bars have to offer, as well as broadening your own makgeolli horizons.

So how does MMPK Makgeolli Week work?


Both bars have designed their own set menus for MMPK Makgeolli Week, which anyone will be able to order for the  duration of November 7th – 17th.

Neurin Maeul Brewery & Pub – Gangnam 

If you choose to go to the Neurin Mauel Brewery & Pub, you must download the menu coupon below to show when ordering.  For more information and directions check out Neurin Mauel Brewery & Pub’s MMPK Info Page here.

Photo 2013. 11. 4. 오전 1 43 02

Muldwinda – Chungjeongno

If you want to visit Muldwinda, you don’t need to show anything, simply go to Muldwinda and you will be able to order off the MMPK Makgeolli Week Menu.

For more information and directions, check out Muldwinda’s MMPK Info Page here.

Photo 2013. 11. 4. 오전 12 28 37

Tell Us What You think!

MMPK Makgeolli Week is all about trying & tasting new makgeollis, so get out there and explore world of makgeolli.  What we really want is to hear about what you think!!  Whether you are at Muldwinda or Neurin Maeul Brewery & Pub, we are always listening.  Take a picture of your makgeolli, food or friends post it on our Facebook page with your impressions, or just tell us what you thought!  We want to know favorites and not-so favorites 😉

We will be visiting both bars frequently during MMPK Makgeolli Week, so we hope to see some of you there!  If you have any questions at all, email mmpkorea @gmail.com

Happy MMPK Makgeolli Week everyone 🙂

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 🙂

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

Makgeolli Rinsing Rice

 

Makgeolli Mixing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 😉

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Makgeolli Mamas & Papas 1 Year Anniversary Party!!

Set the calendars Mamas & Papas, there’s a big celebration coming!!  The idea for Makgeolli Mamas & Papas began almost a year ago, and we have had a big first year.  We have seen our community grow, met so many fantastic people,  received awesome support…..and of course drunk a lot of delicious makgeolli!

So it’s time to bring together old, new, and yet-to-be-met Mamas & Papas, so that we can kick back and celebrate how far we have come, and how far we are going!  What better place to do that than at the MMPK homebase, Muldwinda.

 

  • When:    Saturday 24th November, 7pm – 11pm
  • Where:  Muldwinda (물띈다), Chungjeongno
  • What’s Happening:     A Homebrew Makgeolli Tasting Contest (brewed by Monica & Julia with secret ingredients), An opportunity to mix/match and make your own pajeon with Muldwinda’s top recipes, A Makgeolli Lucky Door Prize….and more!
  • Price:     15,000won (includes a selection of different kinds of  makgeolli, food and door prize entry)
  • How to Register:  Send an email to mmpkorea@gmail.com with your name, phone number and how many people you would like to attend.  You will receive prepayment details once we receive your registration.
  • Deadline:  SUNDAY 18th NOVEMBER, 10pm. (We will not be accepting any late registrations past this time)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are super excited to hangout, drink and eat top notch traditional Korean cuisine, and celebrate with all you fabulous Mamas & Papas who have helped make MMPKorea become the one-stop-shop for all things makgeolli!!

Get those emails in…..and see you soon Mamas & Papas!!!!! 🙂