A Brief History of Soju

by Joe Mcpherson   Soju is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, especially South Korea. In 2017, Koreans drank 3.6 billion bottles. That's 86 bottles per adult in one year, or two shots a day. Yet soju was not always the most popular drink in Korea....

A Quick Video Crash Course on Soju from Dom & Hyo

Want to learn the necessary bits about soju in four minutes? Dom & Hyo have made the video for you.

Samyangchoon Yakju: A rice wine that drinks like a Riesling

Review of Samyangchoon’s award-winning Yakju, a clear rice wine made from wild yeast employing traditional methods.

Video: Korean Alcohol from Expert Julia Mellor

The Sool Connection’s Julia Mellor gives a rundown on the rich boozy categories of Korean beverages. There is more to it than soju. More to it than makgeolli.

Boksoondoga Makgeolli

Category: Makgeolli | ABV: 6.5% | Effervescent & minerally

White Bear Makgeolli & Pub | Baek Kom Makgeolli 백곰막걸리

Owned and meticulously operated by one of Korea’s most knowledgable sool gurus, the White Bear Makgeolli pubs are a must-visit.

Judy Joo’s History of Soju

Chef Judy Joo has published a concise and informative piece in The Epoch Times about soju. Why is it so integral to Korea? Where are its origins? And more importantly, is the stuff you're drinking the real soju? Diluted soju, on the other hand, tends to taste...

Samyangchoon House Makgeolli & Pub

Cozy family-run pub in Songdo showcasing the family’s signature Samyangchoon line of sool. Unique and mindblowing food with deeply satisfying rice wines.

Hidden Alley 숨은 골목

A small place tucked away in hipster Yeonnam-dong. A great, ahem, hidden find.

Lak Hee Oak 락희옥

High end modern space where businesspeople like to indulge. Though most of the clientele are drinking bottles of wine, their specialty is traditional sool paired with seasonal refined Korean anju dishes.

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A Brief History of Soju

A Brief History of Soju

by Joe Mcpherson   Soju is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, especially South Korea. In 2017, Koreans drank 3.6 billion bottles. That's 86 bottles per adult in one year, or two shots a day. Yet soju was not always the most popular drink in Korea....

Judy Joo’s History of Soju

Judy Joo’s History of Soju

Chef Judy Joo has published a concise and informative piece in The Epoch Times about soju. Why is it so integral to Korea? Where are its origins? And more importantly, is the stuff you're drinking the real soju? Diluted soju, on the other hand, tends to taste...

New Makgeolli Bar Opening in Washington, DC

New Makgeolli Bar Opening in Washington, DC

Rendering by Natalie Park Studio, taken from Washington City Paper A promising sign of the growing discovery of joyous makgeolli outside the Korea-sphere is the opening of Anju. This is the new project from Danny Lee and his mother Yesoon Lee, after a fire destroyed...

What Is Sool?

What Is Sool?

If you ever find yourself in a bar in Korea, you'd hear it all around you. Sool this, sool that, how much sool can you drink? The question is, what is sool? Why are you now hearing it with increasing frequency around the four corners of the internet. So, What Is Sool?...

What is Nuruk?

What is Nuruk?

People often ask, what makes soju different from other rice distillations? How would you distinguish it from, say, Japanese shochu? Depending on who’s answering, the explanation could take up the rest of your afternoon with all its complexities. However, there is one...

Soju, Makgeolli, Takju, Cheongu–What are the differences?

Soju, Makgeolli, Takju, Cheongu–What are the differences?

If you are a first timer to the world of Korean alcohol (we call it "sool"), a simple bar menu could send you into a head spin.  Contrary to popular belief, there is a whole world beyond just the green bottles at a barbecue restaurant. A matter of process One of the...

Grungy Bar in Euljiro

Grungy Bar in Euljiro

Asia Times has profiled Suldabang, a small charming bar in northern Seoul. It features a wide selection of liquors, including the good soju. Better yet, it has good prices. Read here

Soju vs. Shōchū

Soju vs. Shōchū

There has been much buzz about Shōchū slipping into your nicer bars and cocktails. Immediately many drinkers here the word and think, "Soju?" It's easy to get confused. No, Shōchū is not the cheap(er) Korean booze in the little green bottles. It's a distilled spirit...

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Samyangchoon House Makgeolli & Pub

Samyangchoon House Makgeolli & Pub

Cozy family-run pub in Songdo showcasing the family’s signature Samyangchoon line of sool. Unique and mindblowing food with deeply satisfying rice wines.

Lak Hee Oak 락희옥

Lak Hee Oak 락희옥

High end modern space where businesspeople like to indulge. Though most of the clientele are drinking bottles of wine, their specialty is traditional sool paired with seasonal refined Korean anju dishes.



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