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

Queen’s Head

Queen’s Head pub (퀸스헤드) is a proper establishment serving German style beers in the Yongtong district of Suwon.

Queen's Head Interior

Queen’s Head Interior

At some elevation, riding the elevator from the 1st to 5th floor crosses another dimension. The elevator doors slide open. From your mind, thoughts of Korean kimchi, the burning halogen lights, and the posters of soju girls fade away. You’re welcomed into atmospheric wonder of European mastery.

Softly lit lamps glow from the ceiling – keeping everything warm. The decor appears to have been imported from Germany with dark ebony and walnut polished wood from ceiling to floor. Its elaborate and finely detailed. Gazing around the room, I couldn’t help imagining hordes of Saxons occupying the tables. All of them conversing loudly, cheersing heavy beer steins, and stuffing their rotund bellies with brazen pig. None of the decor appears out of aesthetic context or inappropriately placed.

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Levee Brewery

Levee Brewery (레비 브루어리) is one of the finest locations to enjoy craft beers in Suwon.

Halloween Edition

Halloween Edition

The interior design of Levee Brewery doesn’t necessarily sweep you into a proper European pub, but it is not Korean. At first glance, I thought I was trespassing in a warehouse. The room is spacious and guests have the option of sitting either at wooden pallets or 4 ft tall barrels. The barrels were the most appealing for me for it felt like sitting at a bar with close friends. Off in the corner of the room, there are three dart boards and a pool table. In the front, a glass panel divides the dining area with the sparkling brewing kettles. It may be a warehouse or a loading dock, but the ambiance is fine for drinking.

The menus are quite creative – taking a bookmark from my old science textbooks. It is fashioned as a Periodic Table of Elements. Imagine the title of Breaking Bad. In lieu of atomic numbers, each beer is paired with its final gravity and alcohol volume. Science, bitches.

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