Friday, December 11, 2009

Makgeolli wins award for "World-Brightening People"

Makgeolli (막걸리), usually a drink consumed (and abused) during celebrations, now has a reason to celebrate itself: It has been recognized with one of the Korea Green Foundation's "2009 Awards for World-Brightening People." That's right: To some Koreans makgeolli is actually considered a person - a better person, in fact, than you or me (I didn't notice your name on the list of KGF's other winners). If you previously harbored any doubts about the influence and importance of alcohol in Korean society before, this should dispel them quite nicely.

Makgeolli won the award for considering the environment when brewing itself; makgeolli emits very little CO2, is made with rice crop rejects (mmmmm...rice crop rejects), and....ummm....and? I guess that's about it. Oh yeah. It is also really fun at parties.


  1. Anonymous9:52 PM

    what does it taste like, though? I've heard some things about it, so I never tried it.

  2. what have you heard?

    it has a very distinct taste that takes a couple of glasses (or bottles) to get used to. some brands are better than others - there are some "live makgeolli" brands that don't use any preservatives, so the beverage keeps fermenting and is only good for about a week. i like those the best.


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