CategoryFood and Drink

Levee Brewery – Aug15

Recently, I returned to Levee Brewery in Mangpo-dong. All of the hand crafted beer selection has changed since my last visit. (A shame because I miss their Irish Double Stout.) Their current beers – as of August – have a distinctive Summer ale-ness to them. Each one is light, crisp, colorful, and aromatic.

4 Beer Sampler

4 Beer Sampler

  • Alejandro Wheat Beer, 6000W
  • Levee Love U Ale 유자, 6000W
  • Strong Ale, 6000W
  • Fruit Bag, 7000W
  • Dark Indian Pale Ale, 8000W
  • Hybrid German Ale, 8000W

A 4 beer sampler paddle may still be purchased for the cost of 10,000W. The Alejandro Wheat stands out as my favorite. A refreshing wheat beer makes me forget about the sweaty saturation covering my body and clothes after a long day. Coming in at 4% AVB, it is the lowest alcohol. But the Fruit Bag beer is 6.8% ABV, and it’s a close runner-up.

In addition to the beer changes, Levee now only serves small pizzas and their assortment of buffet snacks. The beer battered fish and chips and chicken are no longer being served. The owners change the menu from time to time.

For the remainder of these humid Summer days, cool down with these Levee Brewery beers.

Levee Brew is located in Yongtan, Mangpo-dong. To get their by subway, take the Yellow Bundang line to Mangpo Station (망포역) and Exit 3. You should see a Starbucks on the corner and a bus stop on the right. Board the 62-1 bus to Mangpo Blooming Apartment (망포블루미아파트). Turn right, back to the New LG Plaza bulding and look for Levee Brewery in the middle. There should be a inflatable beer balloons at the entrance. For more information, check them out on Facebook.

Directions on Naver Maps

Ale Conner

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.

Brown Ale and Rauch

Brown Ale and Rauch

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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.

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시인과 농부

Siien-gwa Nongbu (시인과 농부) is a handcraft Korean tea cafe in Suwon.

Outside Entrance

Outside Entrance

Located down a maze of alleyways, the building itself is not that easy to find. Additionally, for foreigners, if you weren’t looking for the cafe, you could walk past it a hundred times and not give it any thought. Take a hard look at the photo above and commit it to memory.

Pottery Gallery

Pottery Gallery

Cafe Ambiance

Cafe Ambiance

Stepping past the entrance way, you’ll notice how this cafe is unlike any other. It is similar to a personal art gallery or an antique shop. The owners have collected (or either crafted) numerous pottery dishes and pots. Statues and busts welcome the guests. Everything seems so delicate that I felt like I should keep both hands and arms to my side. An expansive archive of cassettes, classical CDs and records aligns the walls. And, I imagine that the owner knows them all by memory. It is not just for show. This is uncommon from other independent cafes where magazines and books are only aesthetically placed around the shop for appearance. The owner may even ask you if you have any music preference.

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E-Mart Traders

From bottom to top, Emart Traders (이마트트레이더스)is the Korean replica version of a Costcos sans the yearly requirement of a membership.

Emart Traders Entrance

While the exterior of all Costcos carries the recognizable white and blue warehouse paneling, Emart Traders (ET) has selected a grey and light green warehouse panel – which also makes it stand out. After seeing ET one time, it would be easy to recognize seeing it again. The ET logo appears “tiki”. I could imagine their mascot to be feathery, wide mouthed, volcano God. Or the Jeju dol hareubang (돌 하르방)!

Similar to the exterior, the inside of ET is all warehouse. Racks fill the space from floor to ceiling, and they are stocked with pallets of bulk items. Place cards clearly mark the items in Korean and English with the price.

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Alleyway Taphouse

According to 10 Magazine, in 2014, the latest revision of the Korean brewing laws has led to breweries being able to distribute craft beers to a wider audience. This allows bar and restaurant owners, who don’t brew, to serve artisanal beers to their customers. Bars in Seoul have been the first to take advantage of these changes, and now, Suwon is stepping up.

Alleyway Taphouse in Suwon is offering an assortment of craft and bottled beers. It currently boasts a tap of 12 different beers: domestic and foreign.

Alleyflow

Craftworks has been the big name in the Korean craft beer scene. They have taken an active role in the marketing and image of each of their beers. They offer a wide variety of yearly and seasonal brews. Currently, Alleyway Taphouse is carrying their Baekdusan Hefeweizen and the Seoraksan Oatmeal Stout. Two tried and true beers that are more aromatic and flavorful than the average weizen or oatmeal stout.

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