Brewed for centuries in Belgium and trending in the past few years in North America, sours are relatively new in the Korean market. And there’s no better place to start experimenting with your taste buds than at Sour Pongdang, the first bar in Asia to specialize in sours. Recommended by none other than Lee Inho, owner of Pyrus Taproom & Bistro, Sour Pongdang exudes a distinct personality in Seoul’s craft beer scene. Headed by BJCP- certified manager Jo Ye-lim, Sour Pongdang guides you through the infinite world of sour beer.
Serving as ‘comfort food’ of a sort for some and a new experience for others, the sour beer is not only diverse but also has a longer shelf life. While IPA’s with fragrant hops either lose their characters or change in a negative sense over a period of time, the sour beer can, in fact, develop a richer flavor and aroma over time.
Sour Pongdang currently offers 10 different kinds of drafts and over 80 bottles of imports. While the taps change quite regularly, the usual line-ups showcase both domestic and imported selections (such as Boon and Brooklyn Brewery). And while some beers are sold out within a week, the bar tries to order enough supply to last at least one to two months—so you’ll be guaranteed a broader range of choices the more frequently you visit. One sour beer to check out is the ‘Jeju Island Tangerine Gose,’ which is created by exporting dried tangerines from Jeju to Oregon’s Upright Brewing, brewing such transnational, tangy batches there and importing them back to Korea. For a more local taste, you can try the ‘Seouliner Weisse,’ which can come fruity sour or herby sour depending on the day. Each of the beer captures different aspects of sour aromas, surprising even many beer experts. Our choice of Seouliner Weisse? The (combinations of) peach, mango and grapefruit are all well-balanced, but the cucumber, mint and lime batch was particularly delicate and oh-so-refreshing.
|Venue name:||Sour Pongdang|
6 Noksapyeong-daero 54-gil
|Opening hours:||Mon - Thu 6pm - 12am; Fri 5pm - 1am; Sat 3pm - 1am; Sun 3pm - 11pm|
|Transport:||Noksapyeong Station (Line 6), Exit 2, 8-minute walk.|
|Price:||Seouliner Weisse 6900 won, Other taps 7,500 won 12,000 won, Bottles 10,000 won - 80,000 won (bottle charges 2,000 won - 5,000 won depending on bottle size), Cheese Platter 18,000 won - 28,000 won, Pizza by the Slice 4,500 won, Whole Pizza 24,000 won|
The concept of the bar is great. But price alone would be an issue. Went there 2/21 and paid 70 USD for 4 beers. The prices and size were not on the english menu at the time. That aside, no one should reasonably expect to pay 30 USD for 1 beer, and 15 USD for 1 - 4 ounce pour. Overall this place is a rip off.