Borrowing it’s name from “an officer appointed yearly at the court-leet of ancient English communities to ensure the goodness and wholesomeness of bread, ale, and beer”, Ale Conner is an establishment that brews small batch beer as well as serves the leaders in craft beer. In addition, they host tasting and brewing classes for groups.
From across the street, Ale Conner appears like the run-of-the-mill chicken hof. It is located on the 1st floor of an apartment building in a neighborhood surrounded by Korean BBQs. However, from the inside, Ale Conner crosses a New York pizzeria and an Oregonian craft pub. During the brewing season, when the temperatures are suitable, the owners proudly display their own personal fermentation buckets, bottles, and equipment around the dining hall. Perhaps the active yeasts add energy to ambiance. Much of the brewing gear is labeled around chalkboards to introduce people to the process of brewing.
Food wise, Ale Conner serves basic New York style pizzas. They offer a cheese, pepperoni, or Gorgonzola style. Slices are thin, greasy and foldable. The 13″ pizza comfortably feeds 2 people and the 18″ about 4 friends. With the 18″, you can definitely fold, roll, or origami the slices any way that you prefer. The pepperoni topping isn’t generous, but the cheese has a gooey taffy quality that stretches as you pull away. That’s a plus.
Year round, Ale Conner will have 12 assorted craft beers from the regular distributors. Prices are all in the 6 – 9000W range. One brewery will be the representative style of each beer on the menu. A minor grumble that I have is that they ought to label the brewery on the menu. Add a logo or text in front of the beer. On tap are Korean and American West Coast brewed beers, but they should label the Watermelon Wheat from “Lost Coast” or the Blanche de Hwado from “Hand & Malt” brewing. The serving glasses carry the brewery logos, but I’d like to know where each beer comes from before I order it. Not all styles are created equally, and I’d prefer not to drink a poor interpretation. But that being said, the selection is legit. Not a bad beer in the bunch. I like Korea’s Hand & Malt Brewing and the Sunchang (not familiar with them yet) was flavorful. In addition to the drafts, Ale Conner stocks a refrigerator full of import cans and bottles.
Getting to Ale Conner is not easy to explain. It is best to use your Naver maps or taxi, as it is surrounded by apartments and residential buildings. It is not far from Seryu Station line #1 or the Suwon Bus Terminal/E-mart. By bus, look for the 80, 82, 82-1, 83-1, 85, 92, 99-2, or 112. The nearest bus stop is 축산물유통센터, 수원아이파크4단지 and from here you’ll have to zigzag a few blocks to find it. Best to follow Naver maps. The address to Ale Conner is 경기도 수원시 권선구 곡반정동 568-2.