âWhat is a cold beer to drink at the end of the day
Maybe life is the greatest gift that life can give us.â
Haruki Murakami âThe Bird That Goes Full of Leavesâ
The history of Korean beer
Starting with âShotporo Beerâ, âYebisu Beerâ and âKirin Beerâ were imported through various ports including Seoul. At the time, consumption was limited to some upper classes, but after 1910, consumption began to increase significantly when a Japanese beer company opened a branch in Seoul, and after 1920, it became a representative of imported alcoholic beverages.
Korean beer began in 1933 when Japan's Dainippon Beer Co., Ltd. established Chosun Brewery Co., Ltd. Subsequently, Japan's Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd. established the âpredecessor of Oriental beer.â These two companies were managed in the US along with liberation and sold privately in 1951, and became Korea's current âHite Beer (former Chosun Beer)â and âObi Beer (former Dongyang Beer).â
Even after beer companies were founded, the proportion of nigju was much higher until the early 1970s. However, in the 1980s, national income increased, and beer consumption increased rapidly after 1985. As the proportion of women drinking alcohol increased, consumer lifestyles and drinking patterns changed, beer finally became popular in the Korean market.
As old as its history is, shochu is made in 8 provinces across the country, and makgeolli is made at around 600 breweries. Even now, 2000 years later, the places that actually make beer are Hite Jinro, Obi Breweries, and Lotte Liquor. It only took place in these three places, so you can see how small a beer market we have lived in.
Evolving third-generation Korean beer
Types of craft beer
Lager is the same style as Kasuna Hite beer, which can be easily found anywhere, and accounts for more than 90% of the beer consumed in Korea. It is mainly tangy and has a strong sense of carbonation, and is highly refreshing.
It is a style of beer made at a higher temperature than lager and has a stronger flavor than normal lager. Ale beers are also divided into pale ale or Indian pale ale, and are also classified according to style or color named after the region.
Pale Ale (Pale Ale)
It usually has a bright color and is characterized by a pleasant aroma originating from hop (hop), which controls the âaromaâ of beer. Hops are a type of flower and have different characteristics depending on the variety and region where they are harvested.
India Pale Ale (IPA)
India pale ale originated when India was a British colony, making stronger beer by adding more hops (hops) with antibacterial effects to transport beer from England to India without deterioration. Craft beer is gaining more popularity in the US, where it is growing explosively.
Porter and Stout is a dark chocolate colored beer made from roasted malt or barley. It was named Porter because it was popular among loaders in London in the early days of the English industrial age.
Stout became a fire by shortening the word porter with a high alcohol content. There are various types of stouts, such as dry stouts and chocolate stouts, and stouts using wheat are characterized by a savory and rich flavor like coffee and chocolate, and experiments such as adding chocolate or coffee directly are also being carried out.
â²Location: 1st floor, 705, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul â²Opening hours: 12:30-02:00 every day, Friday 12:00-02:00, Saturday 12:00-02:00 â²Price: Daedonggang Pale Ale 7,800 won, sliced pizza (cheese/pepperoni) 4,500 won â²Review (Shikigin Ukiki 9212): An American-style restaurant with a nice atmosphere where you can enjoy pizza and draft beer in spring and summer.
â²Store Information: 691 Itaewon 2-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul â²Opening hours: 15:00-01:00 every day â²Price: Pale Ale 6,000 won, Porter 6,000 won â²Review (Fresh Light of Shikigin): Every beer here is delicious. Perfect for tasting different types with pizza
'Korea Craft Brewery' is located in Eumseong, Chungcheongbuk-do. Mark Hammon, who was in charge of the iPod engineering design part at Korea's first craft brewery, is the brewmaster. It is a place that stands out for its strong will to create a culture with beer, and it is possible to attend various tour programs and frequent parties at the brewery. You can also explore the brewery on your own by signing up for a master tour or classic tour. Popular beers include Sumta's sweet and bitter âSome and Some,â and âBlack Swan,â a dark beer with a savory yet bitter finish of roasted malt. Ark Pub, where you can enjoy craft beer from Korea Craft Brewery, is located in the Gangnam area.
â²Location: 29, Seocho-daero 74-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul â²Opening hours: Weekdays 17:00-00:30, Saturday 17:00-01:00 â²Price: -Arc Classic 7,500 won, -Hugmi 7,500 won â²Review (Ants who like eating movies): You can find Ark beer as a draft beer! It was great that each beer had such a different flavor and was so fresh! Even the snacks I didn't expect were great. After work, I won a hideout!
4. Amazing Brewing Company
A brewpub in Seongsu-dong that opened in April 2016 and boasts 59 beer taps. It is a place run by CEO Kim Tae-gyeong, an internationally recognized beer expert, and brewing expert Steven Park, who has won many home brewing competitions in Korea. They offer over 60 types of domestic and international craft beer, including 5 types of craft beer made directly from the brewery right next to the store. There is a brewery tour program, so you can participate on a first-come, first-served basis. Amazing's signature beer is âWonderful IPA.â I also recommend 'Shocking Stout' created by Korea's leading dark beer expert Steven Park. There are terrace seats, so it's a great place to enjoy a beer outside.
â²Location: 27-12, Seongsu-dong 1-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul â²Opening hours: Weekdays 16:00-01:00, weekends 12:00-01:00 â²Price: Wonderful IPA 4,900 won, Seongsu-dong Pale Ale 3,900 won â²Testimonial (Seongsu-dong Pale Ale â¥): The better the weather, the more people there are, and there are more people and people can wait. Amazing has a unique atmosphere. The tab list seems to change slightly every day, so it's a good idea to check Instagram beforehand!
It is a brewpub that opened in May 2014 and has the first American-style brewery in Busan. While most craft breweries flock to Itaewon, it is the most representative brewery that balances the region. After Michael Turcotte and Stefan of Canadian nationality opened their doors, it became a favorite in the craft beer industry in the Gyeongnam region. Stefan is a person with a âCertified Cierone (Certified Cierone)â certificate known as a âbeer sommelier,â and it is said that there are only two people in Korea who have this certification. The representative beers of Seagull Brewing include âSeagull IPA,â which stands out for its fresh sole aroma and fruit flavor, âEspresso Vanilla Stout,â where you can enjoy delicious beer and delicious coffee in one cup, and âCampfire Amber,â which has a savory yet sweet flavor. The characteristic of Seagull Brewing is that they try a lot of new things and try not to lose popularity.
â²Location: 3rd floor, 3-63, Namcheon-dong, Suyeong-gu, Busan â²Opening hours: 18:00-00:00 every day â²Price: Seagull beer 6,000-8,500 won, 4 types of seagull samplers 13,000 won â²Review (Shikigin, Fox Star): I don't really like beer, but I enjoyed the beer here lol
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