Gyeongju Gyodong Beopju (Gyodong Beopju of Gyeongju)
Kind of Cultural Properties
Gyeongsangbuk-do (Wide Area) The Wide area of Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongsangbuk-do
Gyeongju Gyodong Beopju is liquor brewed in the home of rich master Choe of Gyo-dong, Gyeongju, for generations.
The original inventor of the liquor was a man named Choe Guk-jun, who was the head of Saongwon (an agency in charge of food for the royal palace) during the reign of King Sukjong in the Joseon Dynasty.
The beopju is brewed with water from a well at the home of Choe.
The water has remains the same in quantity and temperature throughout the year.
In addition, it has been famous for an excellent taste for many years.
For the brewing purpose, the water must be boiled well first and cooled down afterwards.
The main ingredient for beopju is glutinous rice.
The liquor is considered as a type of pure grain wine, which is made with water, yeast and rice.
Furthermore, it has a distinctive fragrance and sweet and slightly sour taste.
Its color is bright and clear yellow with the 16~18 degree of alcohol level.
The current maestro Bae Yeong-sin married to one of the eighth generation granddaughters of Choe Guk-jun.
He has brewed beopju for more than forty years and is now concentrating on passing down the skills.