Sample Alcohol Tasting at Brew Master's Workshop & Dinner with Magkeolli

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Departs: Seoul, Seoul

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Gastro Tour Seoul takes adults to visit a true artisan Korean brewer's workshop. With food and drinks included, you'll be introduced to quality Korean alcohol like Soju(distillation alcohol), Takju(the original liquor for Makgeolli), and Yakju(rice brewed wine) from this local brewer. You'll have the opportunity to learn about the entire process of turning rice into Soju and Takju(Makgeolli) and you'll venture deep into the heart of Korean alcohol culture as you explore this hidden brewery known only to the true locals. 

This 2.5~3 hour-long tour will introduce you to master artisans who brew and distill according to time-honored methods. The tasting sessions are followed by a traditional homemade Korean meal served together with bowls of Makgeolli.

What's Included

Alcoholic Beverages

Local guide

Upscale Snacks at the Traditional Bar with Premium Makgeolli.

What's Not Included

Additional food and drinks


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 21 - 70

Additional Info

  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required. Solo travelers, please contact us individually.
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Public transportation options are available nearby

Cancellation Policy

What To Expect

Gastro Tour Seoul curated 1 brewery and 1 traditional brewing restaurant introducing Korean Traditional Brewing Culture.

• Admission Ticket Free

Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon Hanok Village is a place in Seoul where many old traditional houses are located. Walking through Bukchon, you will be able to see a variety of master's craft workshops and shops built on the traditional Korean house called "Hanok".

• Admission Ticket Free

Bukchon Cultural Center
It is also naturally connected to the Brew Master's workshop where you can taste, learn and buy traditional alcohols. After finishing the Bukchon Walkiing tour, you will visit the workshop of the famous Korean woman brewer. Here, you will learn about the culture and basic contents of Korean traditional alcohol of two kinds of fermented rice wine called "takju(cloudy rice wine that is an original form of makgeolli)" and "yakju(cleared rice wine)." Then you can discover how to make soju from the distillation of yakju. You also can taste 4 different variations of including takju, yakju, and soju. And you also learn drink manner here.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

You will have a wonderful experience of Korean Traditional Snacks with Premium Makeoli that we serve our guests serving with home-brewing wine and homemade food together.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


Excellent Evening of Soju and Food
patwkchan, 30-10-2019
Having heard good things about Veronica Kang who suns Gastro Seoul, we booked an evening of learning about Soju with dinner; and she certainly did not disappoint. Being in the hospitality industry prior to organising food tours, she was very knowledgeable and passionate about the culinary delights Korean food had to offer.

We started with a visit to a local recognised Soju Master Brewer and had an informative briefing of the process of making it followed by tasting and sampling of the high quality Soju. Having 10 shots of Soju varying in strength and flavours was truly an enjoyable challenge.

We then walked a short distance to a local restaurant where we had a most delicious dinner of streamed rice with several local side dishes (banchan), a generous serving of fresh oysters, broiled pork slices and spicy Korean noodles. The portions were most
generous and served with a sweet rice wine (Makgeolli).

We had a delightful evening with Veronica filled with not only good food but also an educational insight into the intricacies of Soju and Korean food.
Exactly what we came for
Stefan_H, 13-10-2019
Very knowledgable and personable tour guide. The Brew Master truly was masterful in his craft. Great traditional Food afterwards.
Unique experience
lissashoff, 11-07-2019
My husband and I took the traditional brewery tour and absolutely loved it. It was such a unique experience getting to go into the brew master's workshop and try some truly one of a kind liquors (we learned a lot too!) Dinner after was also fantastic... highly recommend!
Very interesting tour with above-and-beyond service
EdSteane, 28-06-2019
I booked a tour a few weeks ago with Veronica during a brief two day stopover in Seoul. Unfortunately my taxi got caught in traffic (the annual pride march) and I was running so late that we weren't able to meet up.

Veronica was super helpful and sympathetic to my mistake - she ended up running a separate special-edition tour just for me. I learnt a lot about traditional Korean gastronomy and culture, all while having a great time (and spilling moreish brown sugar pancake all over myself).

Highly recommend as a great way to experience a different side of Seoul. A must-do Korean activity.

ps. don't trust traffic predictions on apple maps in Korea - use the subway instead! :-)
A must-do Tour!!
AlvinWoo, 17-12-2018
We participated in the tour on 10 December 2018. As it turned out, my wife and I were the only ones on the tour so we got the personal attention from Veronica.

Though we have visited Korea many times, this was the first time for us on such a tour. It was very informative and we learnt a lot from Veronica. Only unfortunate thing was that we did not get to meet the Master Brewer. However, his apprentice was awesome.

Before the tour, soju to me was just the normal bottles we can get from convenience stores. After the tour, we have developed a deeper appreciation for soju. The one with 71% alcohol content was amazing.

Dinner was delicious and somehow the bean paste stew tasted different from the rest we have tasted before.

I strongly recommend this tour to all. Thanks Veronica!

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