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Seeking Korean Makgeolli in the Triangle

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I've been on the hunt for Makgeolli, a Korean alcoholic beverage that I've only encountered in Korea. It looks like some bottles do make it to the States, but I've not seen it locally. I've looked at Grand Asia, a few of the markets in Cary, and at Kim's in Raleigh. No luck. Has anyone seen this anywhere in the Triangle?

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  1. I'm not familiar with this beverage. Is it wine or is it distilled?

    If its a distilled beverage, then the only way to buy it locally is through the ABC store system. If you want to special order it, the ABC system will require you to buy a whole case of it, which is likely 12 bottles. It may be a lot easier to buy it next time you're out of state or to buy it online and have it shipped here.

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    1. re: Tom from Raleigh

      it is made from fermented rice (not wheat). It's all over LA now and here and there in NY. You might check in with Rick at Sakaya (sakayanyc). It's not exactly his line but he is an excellent source for soju (as well as sake of course) and may be able to point you in the right direction.

      Or, you could brew your own. It's really a home brew type drink, made from rice whey? Used to buy it from the farm....

      1. re: dbird

        From Wikipedia

        Makgeolli, also known as "makkoli", "makoli" or "makuly (takju)", is an alcoholic beverage native to Korea. It is made from a mixture of wheat and rice, which gives it a milky, off-white color, and sweetness.[1] It is made by fermenting a mixture of boiled rice, wheat and water, and is about 6–8% alcohol by volume. Most makgeolli contains rice these days. However, a few brands contain wheat instead of rice.

    2. Looked it up, it is a furmented wheet rice drink. I think your best bet to find it would be S Mart in Cary. Grand Asia is not very good for Korean items.