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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

Review – A Kim Jong-Il Production

“Don’t!” she pleads. He doesn’t listen, so Maria, her eyes full of tears, shoots him. Overcome with grief, she drops the weapon and dives into the sea behind him, embracing his corpse and slowly drifting away.”

Back in May, I heard a story by This American Life about people sleeping in the same bed and having separate dreams. In this segment, struggling movie director, Shin Sang-Ok, and his actress wife, Choi Eun-Hee, whose kidnapping was archetypal villainy from a James Bond film, were living together in North Korea. Shin and Choi were brought to North Korea to film movies for Kim Jong-Il, the movie aficionado with the largest movie collection in the world.

book - kimjongilproduction

I was captivated by A Kim Jong-Il Production as a novel. I was able to finish reading it in less than a week’s time. The book is more than just another novel about North Korea and Kim Jong-Il.
Firstly, the beginning refreshes the reader on the recent history of Korea. North and South Korea were once the same country enduring the same perils of imperialist Japan in the early 21st century. After WWII, and the defeat of Japan, Korea was fractured by the ideologies of the Soviet Union and the United States. From here, the book takes a look at how both countries developed through the eyes of the kidnapped South Koreans.

Secondly, the book profile’s Kim Jong-Il’s rise to become the Dear Leader of North Korea. What’s most interesting about his story, as the title suggests, is that he becomes the “director”. Much like a film director, who has complete control over the actors, scripts, and movie scenes, Kim has puppeteered his way to gain favor from his father and become the successor of North Korea. All of this began while he was young and had full access to the inner workings of the North Korean Party.

In May 1964, Jong-Il graduated from college, and his career in the leadership ranks of the Party, the career that had always been expected of him, began. His first post was as a member of the secretarial staff of the Central Committee, under Uncle Yong-Ju, who took him under his wing and taught him everything he knew about the Party’s inner workings – how personnel was hired, promoted, and demoted; how every department worked and how it reported back to the Leader.

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봉녕사

Bongnyeong Temple (봉녕사)  is one of Buddhist temples located in Suwon. It is situated almost squarely between Gyeonggi and Ajou University, next to the Suwon World Cup Stadium.

일주문 entering nirvana

일주문 entering nirvana

Leading to the temple, guests will pass the “one-pillar gate”. One-pillar is meant to signify the straight line that it appears from the side. The access road to the temple is a winding street lined with trees.

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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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