For a second year in a row, I went to the beer zone at COEX Food Week. The beer zone was another Korean beer fest created and hosted by the event planning group Media Param. It ran from Wednesday, November 12th through Saturday, November 15th. My friend Michael Hobbs and I got tickets for theContinue reading “Great Korean Beer Festival at COEX Food Week’s Beer Zone (Nov 2014)”
It was a gorgeous autumn evening at the War Memorial, under leaves the colors of roasted malt and well-crafted beer: amber, nut brown, blonde, and straw. The GKBF had all the fun of an amazing pub experience with live music, lots of fun people, and tons of food and beer. Last weekend’s Great Korean BeerContinue reading “The Great Korean Beer Festival: Media Paran is Perfecting the Beer Festival”
Have you ever had a moment where, after years of going back and forth, hemming and hawing, you finally take the plunge and do something you’ve always wanted to do? After years of curiosity, I took the plunge on a nice autumn afternoon last Sunday. With some initiative from my friend Rob Shelley, I wasContinue reading “Taking the Plunge: Learning To Homebrew With Seoul Homebrew Shop”
In many respects, American-style IPAs have become the poster child for the recent craft beer boom. New varieties of hops from the Pacific Northwest—such as Simcoe, Cascade, Chinook, and Columbus—have introduced new flavors and punchy bitterness to countless new beer drinkers. In Korea, too, the IPA is gaining in popularity; not only with foreigners butContinue reading “IPA Bottle Tasting #1: Lost Coast, Ninkasi, Ballast Point, Brew Dog, Kona, and Queen’s Ale”
A craft beer pub crawl through Gwangju, profiling the best spots to grab a good brew as well as offering insight into the emerging craft beer market in the capital of South Jeolla.
How did the Craft Beer Fest Korea stand up to its predecessors? Although there are lessons to be learned, the CBFK didn’t disappoint in providing a great time and adding new dimensions to Seoul’s beer festival culture.
By Rob Shelley – Craft Beer Asia’s Correspondent in Korea This year’s Winter Beer Fest was part pub crawl, part race against time. Seven different venues, sixteen unique homebrews, with a 20,000 won ticket entitling you up to fourteen different samples of homebrew courtesy of the Seoul Homebrew Club. However, event co-ordinator Bill Miller hadContinue reading “Seoul’s Winter Beer Fest 2014”
Article by Rob Shelley (Craft Beer Asia’s S. Korean Correspondent) Last Saturday I met with Bill Miller, a member of the Seoul Brew Club, at Craftworks Taphouse & Bistro. Bill has had an impact on the craft beer culture in Seoul by organizing beer festivals and sharing his recipes with local gastropubs. While waiting forContinue reading “An Interview with Seoul’s Craft Beer “Pioneer” – Bill Miller”
– By Rob Shelley in Seoul The end of 2013 witnessed an important moment for craft beer in Seoul Food Week at COEX just wrapped up early this November, featuring a huge space for the food and restaurant industry to display and market their products to commercial buyers and regular customers, alike. However, the showContinue reading “Seoul’s Craft Beer Fest 2013”