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Makgeolli is a fermented rice drink that is finding a new audience amongst South Korea’s younger generations. Originally popular amongst farmers, and once the nation’s most popular drink, it has now begun to pop up in cool city bars after a slump in the ‘90s and ‘00s.
One of those driving the revival is Kim Taek-Sang, who brews the semi-sweet liquor from his base in Seoul using a 300-year-old family recipe. Each batch of makgeolli takes roughly three months to brew. The end result is around six to eight percent proof, and can have either a milky or clear complexion. The drink is as equally popular amongst the older generations, as a smooth hit of nostalgia, as it is amongst fashionable younger crowds.
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