Just say no to bad beer

Just say no to bad beer

by Groove Korea
Groove Korea (groovekorea.com)

Reilly’s Taphouse, a gastropub in Itaewon, is setting a precedent for bars serving beer in Korea.

Recent changes to Korean law have allowed local craft beer brewers to enter the market. Consumers have become the beneficiaries of this increased choice, which boasts hoppier, richer, stronger and more flavorful beers.

For years Korea’s three largest brewing companies have limited their selection to lagers and a few stouts. And the average bar in Itaewon only has about eight or nine taps, with two of them a mass produced Korean lager.

In contrast, Reilly’s Taphouse has 30 taps, serves the top domestic craft brews and the best and most unique imports such as the Japanese brand Hitachino Nest and the famous American brands Lost Coast, Rogue, Anderson Valley, Ballast Point and Green Flash.

With its wide selection of stouts, IPAs, ales and lagers, it’s a beer lover’s paradise.

There is also an extensive bottle selection, including top American and Japanese craft beers, and the best Belgian and German beers available in Korea.

If you need help selecting a dish to compliment your choice of beer, Troy Zietzlberger can help. He is Korea’s only certified cicerone, and is a co-owner of Reilly’s Taphouse.

With Zietzlberger’s extensive knowledge of beer he can help find that unique flavor or taste you are looking for.

Zietzlberger is also in charge of brewing and his Espresso Peculiar Dark Ale and Jeju Jubilation IPA have been successful with foreigners and locals alike. 

“If you can’t find your favorite beer here, let me know and I will find out if it’s distributed in Korea, and if it isn’t I can look into getting it imported here,” says Zietzlberger.

And if you cant find a beer to suit your palate at Reilly’s Taphouse, then you probably wont be able to find it anywhere in Korea.      

ADDRESS: 123-32 Itaewon-dong Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea 140-202

PHONE: (02) 792-6590, 010-5189-2327

Groove Korea website

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