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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

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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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.

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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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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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