« on: November 15, 2010, 02:57:08 AM »
I've seen that page... the Korean brewing page. It is mostly for the local Korean populace and not military or the ex-pat community here. The website I go to is HomebrewKorea.com. This site is run by a Canadian friend of mine... and huge IPA fan. There are a lot of us western homebrewers here that have been trying to create a groundswell of support for good beer. Beers here are so pathetic that it makes me sad, mad, and glad that I know how to make my own beer. The problem here in Korea is that there are very few homebrew suppliers. On top of that, the Koreans tax imported grain (280%) and yeast... and just about everything else sent here astronomically. Regarding yeast, the two homebrew stores I know of in Seoul stock White Labs yeast. But they face the same issue I face, a long voyage to get here. So buying from them at two or three times the price is crazy for me. Luckily I can order supplies from online stores and have them sent to me via APO (Army Post Office) and avoid the taxes. That's not to say that ordering a bag of 55-lb pale malt is cheap. After the shipping, I pay around $75. As I've told people before, Korea is a barren wasteland for a beer lover. I'm sure there are worse places, but I know of none personally. There is not one IPA sold either on base or on the local economy. Pedestrian Euro beers are the rage... painfully putrid and boring. But there is a new place opening that promises to make their own beers... even seasonals... that are more like US-style beers... CraftworksTaphouse. I know the owner of the brewery that will supply the beers. He claims that the government requires a brewer to submit a recipe to some kind of government board and that beers over 5.5% ABV have to go through additional requirements. Anyway, before I get too depressed, I'll stop rambling.