Ggeek Beer, Sewoon Sanga

Ggeek Beer, Sewoon Sanga

Sewoon Sangga is a historical mixed-use complex right in the middle of Seoul. The newly renovated third floor is quickly becoming host to increasingly hip and picturesque cafes, shops and most importantly great craft beer!

Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
Classic garage door storefront.
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
The menu changes often!

Geek out in Sewoon Sangga

With a name like Ggeek Beer, you can expect a beer menu catering to seasoned beer drinkers who like to geek out. Sure enough, the first thing on the menu at our time of visit, is two sought after bottles from Hardywood. Two versions of Christmas Morning in 750 ml bottles will bring out the Christmas spirit with seasonal spices and a tinge of gingerbread.

We have 11 beers on tap, with a couple styles sold out. Still there is a range of styles to choose from, with a selection of Korean breweries. At the time of our visit, we could get Korean beer from Surleim, Satellite, Andong, Brew One and Wild Wave. The styles vary from pils and lagers to IPAs, stouts and wheat wines! No boring choices here.

Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
Dark and cozy interior.
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
Rare bottles!
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
We got a Christmas Morning.
Time to ggeek out.
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
Tap list.
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
Mostly Korean beers on tap here.

Beer selection

The first beer on the menu is the house beer, the very first beer from Ggeek Beer Company, and what a beer it is. Gam is a hazy Black IPA, an uncommon style in Korea, but despite its pitch black pour it has a wonderfully balanced, yet hoppy flavor. A medium rich body with roasted malts, citrusy hops and a hint of chocolate. This sets the bar pretty high for new beers from Ggeek Beer!

Another favorite from the list are Juicy Wave from Wild Wave, a fresh, fruity, hazy and bitter IPA. The New Pils from Brew One was also a great choice, as well as the Surleim, Wild Wave’s signature sour ale. As you can see from the shelves and coasters, the bottle selection varies greatly over time. Usually there will be something good in stock a little out of the ordinary for Seoul.

Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
Cute glassware.
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
Ggam, Juicy Wave, New Pils and Fest Lager.
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
The place fills up.

Venue and area

Ggeek Beer itself is, as many shops in Sewoon Sangga, quite small. It has a handfull of seats for small groups and couples, trendy interior and music creates a relaxing ambience. The area around is a blossoming urban renewal project, with a unique mix of old and new, shabby and refined. Sewoon Sangga and the surrounding area is still host to a plethora of tiny workshops and stores, mostly focused on industrial, electronic and metal goods.

With the competition of online shopping and overseas production, the area saw a sharp decline. However, the Seoul metropolitan government has recently initiated a renewal program for the historic area. This includes a better way-finding system, new and modern additions to the existing structure, start-up programs and tours. Groups of hipsters and models with cameras are commonsight, and the extremely popular Horangi Cafe is just a few meters down the pedestrian walkway.

Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
Old cans and bottles.
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
Mixed decoration.
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
Art.
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
We also got a Founder’s Barrel Runner (not on the menu)
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
After dark.
Sewoon Sanga
Old and new structures.
Twounder bar swoon sang
Forunderbar, a close neighbor.
Almond Studio Sewoon Sanga
Local design studios!
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
New skyscrapers in the background.
The Brown collection Sewoon Sanga
A nearby coffee shop.
Horangi coffee shop swoon saga
Horangi, you’ll see long lines here in the warmer months.
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
Outdoor seeting nearby.
Restaurant sewoon Sanga
Local restaurant in Sewoon Sangga.
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
New venues in the old structures.
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
Industrial views.
Ggeek Beer Sewoon Sanga
The new Sewoon Sangga entrance (from Jongno side).

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