(Gangnam, Seoul, SK)
I’ve had Booth’s Kukmin IPA and their Great God of Fun Red Ale at local pubs, but a day in and around the Sinsadong and Socheogu neighborhoods of Gangnam wouldn’t be complete without a trip to The Booth brewery and drinking some of their drafts in person. I’m going to judge this place Seoul-ly by what we put in our mouths this time rather than including any other aspects, simply because we loved every bite and every drop. They didn’t offer flights, so we had a few pints, we treated ourselves to fried veggies that actually consisted of assorted fried veggies, not just different forms of potato, and we had THE best NY style slice we’ve had since landing in Korea (almost a year ago).
We started with Boilermaker
Kolsch. Boilermaker is a collaboration with Distill Brewing and features an impressive, light and fruity flavor, not to mention only 5.5% abv, for being blended with whiskey and aged for 6 weeks. I really can’t tell you how much I loved this brew.
We followed it up with Brett IPA. Another solid IPA performance by The Booth. Brett pushed into my tastebuds with a tangy start and followed with a fruity character that I couldn’t put my finger on. This is the standard of the new brettanomyces IPAs on the forefront of the scene. What wasn’t standard was the light, bubbly, almost champagne quality of this brew.
We finished with The Beer Pilgrim’s Porter and I couldn’t have been more impressed. This porter gave me hope for Korean dark beers. Pilgrim had a great character balance of coffee, chocolate, and malts all while maintaining a robust body and thicker mouthfeel than all of the stouts I have had in the country thus far.
All in all, I give The Booth a 9.05 out of 10.