The Beer Safari

I finally did it! I visited Craftworks Taphouse and Bistro in Itaewon. While I can’t say that its the best thing ever, it certainly is the only place I’ve been to in Korea that sells real beer that has actually been produced in this country. While I was there, I got to try all their brews. It was totally worth the blow to my pocketbook. My memories are hazy, so I’ll just give it to you simply: they were all great. My favorite was the Moon Bear IPA, though.

#61
Name: Namsan Pure Pilsner.

Brewery: Craftworks Taphouse and Bistro
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Style: Pilsner
Alcohol Content: 4.5%
Cost: 5,000₩
Named after the famous mountain in the middle of Seoul, Namsan Pilsner is great for a sunny summer Seoul day.


#62
Name: Baekdusan Hefeweisen
Brewery: Craftworks Taphouse and Bistro
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Style: German Hefeweisen
Alcohol Content: 4.5%
Cost: 6,000₩
This one is named for old volcano, Baekdusan, located in the border of North Korea and China. It has a very symbolic importance to the Korean people. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t live up to its name, as it falls behind many of the the other hefeweisens that I’ve had. That being said, it still isn’t a bad brew.
 

#63
Name: Halla Mountain Golden Ale

Brewery: Craftworks Taphouse and Bistro
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Style: Golden ale/blonde ale
Alcohol Content: 4.5%
Cost: 6,000₩
Notice a theme here? This ale is named for Halla Mountain, the tallest mountain in South Korea, located on Jeju Island. My memories aren’t clear on this one, but I’m sure it was good.
 

#64
Name: Geumgang Mountain Dark Ale

Brewery: Craftworks Taphouse and Bistro
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Style: Brown ale
Alcohol Content: 4.5%
Cost: 6,000₩
This one wasn’t my favorite, but still good. I’ve never heard of Geumgang Mountain.
 

#65
Name: Bukhansan Pale Ale

Brewery: Craftworks Taphouse and Bistro
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Style: American Pale Ale
Alcohol Content: 4.5%
Cost: 6,000₩
Try it yourself, its lost in the haze of a drunken day. 
 

#66
Name: Jirisan “Moon Bear” IPA

Brewery: Craftworks Taphouse and Bistro
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Style: India Pale Ale
Alcohol Content: 6.8%
Cost: 7,500₩
This one was easily my favorite. Named for Jirisan, South Korea’s second largest mountain (which happens to be very close to where I live), I have a special affinity for this beer. IPAs are also a favorite style of mine, right up there with hefeweisens. This one, like all good pale ales, was in-your-face hoppy, like being punched in the mouth by a flower. 
 

There was only one beer from the Taphouse that I didn’t get to try: the Full Moon Pale Ale, which was sold out.

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