By: Jude Falcon - MSTv Korea
The Past, Present, and Future of Craft Beer in
The Dark Days……….
We that have been in Korea for some time know all too well the terrible beer options, made available to us, prior to Craft Beer being mostly accepted by everyone today. We’ve had beer in Korea, however the main corporation known as Hite opened its doors in 1933; with Oriental Brewery (OB) entering the market in 1952. These two companies would tower over the beer market, and remain there thanks to government restrictions on licenses -- based on brewing capacity and taxes that favored large-scale production.
Cass, created by Jinro-Coors, was established in 1994, only to be absorbed into OB shortly after in 1999. To this very day, Hite (who merged with Jinro in 2006) and Oriental Brewery continue to dominate the beer industry in Korea. All hope wasn’t lost, because slow trickles of new craft beers were making their appearance in certain local shops by 2002, with Korea planning for the World Cup. This allowed for the domestic liquor tax to be amended and the government began administering licenses to micro breweries; however production capacity was limited because the “Brew-pubs” could only brew beer in the bars they were served in.
In 2006, a wonderful beer known as Alley Kat was imported from Canada, with the help of a local brewing company called Ka Brew that began their brewery in 2000. It was a huge hit among locals; however due to legal restrictions, it was still easier to import beer from halfway around the world, then selling and making it in your own bar.
In 2011, manufacturing laws lowered to allow breweries to manufacture a post fermentation requirement of 150,000 liters; as well as a new law allowing beer made in one brewery to be sold at another (Contract brewing). Craftworks were the first business to partner with KaBrew and soon after other breweries like Magpie got on board as well in 2012.
The Beer Explosion of 2014…………….
The beer revolution was in full swing, when manufacturing requirements were lowered to 50,000 liters and taxes were slightly reduced. Breweries began to pop up more frequently due to the reinvigorated passion that breweries had to make Craft Beer work in South Korea. Some of the leaders were Hand & Malt and The Galmaegi brewing company and the two began really making things interesting by 2013. Not only are brewers working for a better, brighter future of beer but pubs and tap houses are making use of the contract brew system. This is extremely helpful since some of these businesses still don’t possess the resources to undertake this task themselves. 7brau and KaBrew are the two spearheads in the contract brewing market here on the peninsula at the moment.
By: Jude Falcon - MSTv Korea
The Bump City band is back from our short break and will be hitting the road down to Gongju to play their Baekjae Cultural Festival(백제문화제) which lasts two full weeks beginning September 24th and ending October 2nd.
We’ll be headlining this weekend September 24th and 25th. This is the 62nd annual celebration of the festival which is held to commemorate the three loyal subjects of the Baekje era, namely Seongchung, Heungsu, and Gyebaek through a Samchungje rite.
The festival is a tribute to the Baekje Dynasty, which occupied the region for nearly 700 years and engaged in active exchanges with China and Japan. Marking its 60th anniversary this 2014, the Baekje Cultural Festival will be held under the theme of “Baekje! Meets the World” and offer about 70 diverse programs embodying Baekje’s great culture.
The entire site was an accidental discovery while digging a water mane in 1971 and has unlocked an entire world of mysteries including royal tombs, golden artifacts and a fortress wall that spans 2, 660m long and 210,000㎡ wide which is named the Gongsanseong Fortress. It’s a beautiful place as well as a Unesco world heritage site.
We hope to see you all there! Want more information? Click the links below!
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Your MSTv: Korea Ex. Producer & lead photographer team, Jude & Dodi Falcon
Jude is our original broadcast host, from way back in 2007. Now he and wife, Dodi are expanding your scene as our MSTV: Korea (and worldwide) travelers!
Halago on Hangang River
The Halago is a premium party ship/venue located in the Gangnam district of Seoul, South Korea. Known for their premium Food & Craft Beer parties, their location on the Han River also grants access to bike paths & picnic areas. All this, makes for an absolutely perfect day of fun, with the quintessential ending being Halago.