A Beer Pilgrimage Tour through Korean Breweries

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A well-paired beer 🍺with good food and good vibes can make a trip all the more exciting. If you’re planning a trip to Korea or if you simply love beer, does Incheon Airport have some valuable information for you!

‘Beer Pilgramage Tour’ is a guide through beer breweries all throughout Korea for beer lovers out there! Translated from the Korean expression “Maekjoo Soole-gil”, this combines the Korean words beer and pilgrimage to describe beer lovers visiting famous breweries to taste and enjoy the delicious craft beers. Similar to wine, the more you know about beer, the more you’ll be able to enjoy it. These breweries even offer tastings! Read on to learn more! 😃

A 1-Day Class on Beer – Seoul Brewery 304

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The first stop on the Beer Pilgrimage Tour recommended by IncheonAirport ✈ is “Brewery 304” in Seodaemun, Seoul. It is a craft beer restaurant that offers brewery tours and one-day classes in addition to beer-paired meals and beer tastings. This brewery has been renovated to keep the natural wear and tear over time and appropriately features a retro theme.

At Brewery 304, you can experience brewery tours, space tours, and one-day craft beer classes! You’ll be able to compare ingredients like hops, water, yeast, and barley, experience the characteristics of beer manufactured by different countries, and drink beers unique to Brewery 304 in the tap room, such as mint chocolate beer. What an experience!

Also, Brewery 304 is located near major Seoul tourist attractions. You can visit places like Seodaemun Prison, Seodaemun Independence Park, Independence Gate, Gyeonghuigung Palace, Jeongdong-gil, and Gyeonggyojang, before wrapping up your day with a glass of craft beer🍺 at Brewery 304! 

Brewery 304

7, Tongil-ro 11-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Tues-Fri 17:00 – 23:00 / Sat 14:00 – 22:00,
Closed Sundays, Mondays

Korean Beer Enjoyed in a Quiet Korean Hanok – Mungyeong Ganadara Brewery

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The second brewery recommended by Incheon Airport ✈ is “Ganadara Brewery” located in Mungyeong. What’s notable is that the brewery is located on the first floor of a Hanok (traditional Korean house). The beer and hanok pairing 🤝 is what makes this place so special.

If you go up to the tap room on the second floor, you can taste Mungyeong’s specialty liquor. For example, there’s the “Mungyeong Saejae Pale Ale”, which has a subtle taste with a lingering finish. Or there’s the “Omihanjan”, a sweet and sour fruit alcoholic drink made from Mungyeong’s specialty produce omija (magnolia berries) and apples 🍎. There are 11 different kinds of beers to choose from, so find the one that suits your tastes!

You can also head down from the tap room on the second floor to the brewery’s first floor, where you’ll be able to see the staff hard at work. There’s something reassuring about being able to see the behind the scenes action for yourself. Nicely packaged beer sets are also on sale, making the perfect gifts for people back home. If you’re in Mungyeong, Ganadara Brewery is a must-visit spot. Be sure to visit and buy a variety of beer unique to the region of Mungyeong!

Ganadara Brewery

625-1, Mungyeong-daero, Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Daily 11:00 – 19:00

Nature-Friendly Beer Made From Clear, Clean Water – Chuncheon Squeeze Brewery

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The third spot recommended by Incheon Airport ✈ is Squeeze Brewery in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do. The wooden oak barrels and the brick exterior are reminiscent of a sophisticated liquor factory in Europe. It is a place that brews beer boasting excellent taste and drinkability, thanks to a 230-year-old tradition of a German Caspari Brewing Facility.

Squeeze Brewery uses clean, clear Chuncheon water, earning it the Grand Prize at the Korea Liquor Awards for two consecutive years in 2019 and 2020. In addition to offering brewery tours, every Saturday, you can listen to a beer expert tell fun stories and receive a special Squeeze Brewery ticket that will make you feel like you’re traveling!

You can also pair craft beer with dishes made by a chef from a five-star hotel. Delicious food topped with clean and crisp tasting beer is why Squeeze Brewery has been gaining a lot of attention as a great date spot.  Named to capture the act of filling a glass to the brim, why not squeeze in some time to make a stop at Squeeze Brewery? 😄

Squeeze Brewery

685-10 Hyoja-dong, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Mon-Thurs 18:00 – 24:00 / Fri 18:00 – 21:00 / Sat 12:00 – 01:00
Closed Sundays

The Tradition of the Largest, First-Generation Brewery in Yeong-nam – Ulsan Trevier

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The fourth and final place is Ulsan Trevier, which has been in operation since 2003 as a first generation craft beer brewery in Korea. With the introduction of large-scale production facilities in 2014, it also currently operates about 100 craft beer stores nationwide. You can experience genuine Korean lager at the original Ulsan Trevier!

By using rice directly grown in the clean environment of Ulsan to make Korean-style lager, Ulsan Trevier also promotes regional co-prosperity. If you want to taste the subtle sweetness, nuttiness, bitter kick, and clean finish of traditional Korean beer, visit Ulsan Trevier!

Ulsan Trevier is located in the center of nature in the town Eonyang in Ulju. In its warm, red-brick building, you can listen to “The Story of Real Living Beer” on a tour, have a beer tasting, or even enjoy the indoor swimming pool with your kids! Reservations can be made via Naver or on-site. If you want to enjoy the essence of Korean lager, look no further than Trevier!

Trevier Brewery

1305-2 Bangu-daero, Eonyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan
Daily 11:00 – 20:00

Enjoying a cold one at the end of the day can elevate your travel experience. Having a glass of beer 🍻 can offer different experiences from wrapping up a busy day to helping bring down walls amongst a group of new acquaintances. Enjoy yourself by visiting some of the recommended Korean craft beer breweries on Incheon Airport’s ✈ beer pilgrimage tour!

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