Satisfy your thirst for Soju and Makgeolli, traditional Korean alcohols, during this 3-hour tour and tasting. Meet an artisan brewmaster and distiller, who will teach you about the time-honored traditional process of making Soju and Makgeolli from rice. Eat a homemade Korean meal accompanied by Makgeolli. This small-group tour, maximum of 12 people, ensures an intimate atmosphere and the opportunity to ask questions.
3-hour Soju and Makgeolli tasting in Seoul
Meet a tenth-generation artisan brewmaster and see his workshop
Taste artisan Makgeolli and Soju and learn how they are made
Traditional Korean dinner in a small local restaurant
Make your way to Anguk station in Seoul, where you'll meet your guide and small tour group. Depart on foot for the workshop location, where you'll meet the brewmaster. This brewmaster and distiller has been designated a 'Human National Treasure' by the city of Seoul. He is a tenth-generation brewmaster using a secret family recipe. Enjoy tasting Makgeolli, Yakju and artisan Soju while learning from an informative master with a great sense of humor. Sip drink after drink of Soju and Makgeolli, while your host explainins the history, the distillation process by which each drink is made, and the differences in alcohol content. After your in-depth lesson on Makgeolli and Soju brewing, depart for a small restaurant on a side street. Sit down for a hearty Korean dinner, including doenjang jjigae (a Korean soybean paste stew), jeon (pancakes), bossam (boiled pork belly) and various side dishes, accompanied by more Makgeolli. Your guides will walk you through the culinary history behind the meal and the difference in the Makgeolli. At the end of your experience, walk back to Anguk station with your guide.
Wonderful evening! Our guide Jay was attentive, knowledgeable and spoke very fluent English. I'm a homebrewer and my husband is a professional brewer. For us, the opportunity to meet Mr. Kim, the brewmaster, and talk with him was very special. He and his assistants seemed to enjoy our enthusiasm for their various beverages and answered our many questions with corresponding enthusiasm. It was an experience we will remember for many years.
This was the absolute highlight of the trip! These are some of the nicest people you'll meet. We met our guide/translator, Jay, at a subway stop near the palace. She then took us through Insadong and showed us the highlights before heading to the tasting. The makgeolli, yakju and soju were all delicious! There was something for everyone, there was a grape juice yakju that was out of this world sort of like wine, but so much better. And a mushroom infused soju that was earthy more like whiskey. Those were just two of the varieties we tried and the flavors change every season. A traditional meal in Insadong followed and it hit the spot. So much culture in food. Seriously, seek out this tour. You won't regret it. We'll definitely do this again.
The tour with Veronica was very well curated and brought us a a deeper understanding in the homebrewing journey of Seoul's brewmasters and great tips of where to eat along the way if you enjoy Korean food as much as me and my girlfriend do. This particular tour was extra special as the first brewmaster was making a new batch of Soju during our tasting tour, and allowed us to taste in a few of his experimental projects.
I highly recommend this tour if you are interested in Seoul's gastronomy!
This tour is fantastic! If you are looking for something non-touristy to do in Seoul, this is it. Veronica, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and an excellent interpreter. Meeting the brewmaster and seeing the process of making soju was fascinating. Dinner was also great.