Makgeolli is Korea’s emblematic rice-based alcohol, and Kim Taek-Sang makes it from a family recipe that is over 300 years old.
The Seoul-based brewmaster uses only traditional techniques and equipment for the long, slow distillation process. And the world is paying attention. Sang is part of a growing movement that is bringing traditional Korean alcohols to modern drinkers.
The name makgeolli has its origin in the Korean language, It was originally quite popular among farmers, earning it the name nongju, which means farmer liquor.
According to The Poetic Records of Emperors the first mention of the drink was in the founding story of the Goguryeo during the reign of King Dongmyeong.