Sunday, October 23, 2011

Magnificent Makgeolli: Korea's Lesser Known Booze

Magkeolli (also known as Makkoli or Makuly) is a Korean rice beer that resembles milk in appearence but it is fizzy, sweet like apple cider, around 7 % alcohol and altogether delightful! 

Traditionally drank from bowls, Makgeolli  could be mistaken milk left out for cats or leftover from cereal, however, despite it's appearance it is quite tasty and cheap hence its popularity with homeless Koreans, commonly seen drinking from the not-so-traditional plastic bottle. 

It is made by fermenting a mixture of boiled rice, wheat and water and is traditionally known as a drink of rural farmers. As with anything once obscure it has now becoming trendy among rich city-kids who may drink it with a sarcastic "hey look at me, I'm rural...".  
Whether you choose Makgeolli for the taste, price or novelty you will not be disappointed.  Be sure to accompany your drink with traditional Korean drinking food, savory pancakes! 
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