Saturday, March 29, 2008

Big Rock Brewery in Gangnam (Seoul)

Canadian Beer in Korea! A few months ago while reading one of the English magazines for information on Seoul, we came across on advertisement for Big Rock Brewery in Gangnam (Seoul). What a great find!! Finally we were able to get a good taste of Canadian beer again. They serve 7 different draught beers: Jack Rabbit, Grasshopper, Pale Ale, Warthog, Honey Brown, McNally's, Traditional Ale and Black Amber Ale. All their beer is imported from Calgary, Canada where it is brewed.

Six types can be tried at once as a sampler for 8,000w, each small mug containing 150 mL. A regular mug of big Rock costs 4,000w for 355 mL, and 7,000w for 600 mL. It's quite the price compared to local beer but if it's a variety of beer with great taste it is definately a treat.

After trying many of the Korean beers, we were so excited to have found this place. We won't get in to a debate over the different beers in Korea, however; we will say that to us they taste very watery. We prefer a stronger tasting beer such as Big Rock Honey Brown.

Directions: Green line 2 to Gangnam. Take exit 7 - make a right at Coffee Bean - left at T and right at GS25 - 40meters up the hill on the left side.






They even have a free foosball table near the entrance!



New flatscreen TVs and hockey apparrel can be seen all over the pub. You can also watch the hockey games Sunday morning (b/c of the time difference) on the projection screen on CBC.




Another big plus to this place is the Sunday Brunch Buffet from 11am - 230pm for only 9,900w. They serve a variety of breads, scrambled eggs, french toast, hashbrowns, a clam chowder hot dish, fruit, sliced meats, cheese, sausage and bacon. Also included is all the OJ and coffee you can drink.







Honey Brown for Jon and Grasshopper for Krista.


You can see the sample platter for beer on display.


The inside of the women's washroom - yes, Krista was the one that took this picture.


If you like good beer and a friendly atmosphere we definately recommend you check this place out!

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12 comments:

Scott and Mindy said...

Hey, great description of the bar. We are headed there for Thanksgiving tonight. They have a great special every year with traditional American Thanksgiving food. Plus, as you know, they actually have GOOD beer. So rare in this country. Great blog by the way!

Josh said...

Thanks for this one. I haven't been able to find this place ever since my friend with a horrible sense of direction told me about it! see you there!

Dan and Tan said...

I know this an old post, but great info. I have been in Korea with my wife for six months and have yet to find good beer near us. Although Gagnam is a little out of the way I must check it out soon.

Jon and Krista said...

Glad to know Big Rock is still there!! We just got back to Seoul on Monday after almost a year away.

Can't wait to check that place out again!

Anonymous said...

I live in Calgary, and will be visiting my sister in law in December, we're going to drop in for a taste from home during our trip.

Harmony said...

Thanks for a very informative post. A friend and I were wondering where it was and what type of a place it might be. Your information and pictures really gave a good impression. I think we will be trying it out soon.

Chris said...

I'm from Regina, lived in SE Asia for 2 years, and have a friend who is living in Seoul who found the post -- nicely done! Good find. I would have given an arm and a leg for good beer when we lived in Cambodia...

Anonymous said...

Breakfast buffet has gone up in price and is no longer unlimited OJ.

If you like beer, I'd recommend Platinum over Big Rock - though stay away from Morphine.

Bryony said...

Hi, me and my husband are going over for 4 nights in August, we like trying beers from different countries we visit. are there any korean beers you can recommend? :)
Thanks.

Sarie said...

I actually found your blog through googling something else (the adventure korea trip you had there. I was looking up the folk village) but I'm commenting because it says to.
This place sounds great and I'll definitely check it out. Is it still there?

Tighe said...

Will this place likely be showing the Stanley Cup Finals? I am a big hockey fan and even bigger beer fan and would love to combine the two to watch the Hawks win it all!

Patrick said...

I found this place on my only trip to Korea a couple years ago. I love craft beer and had already visited a couple of the local German style craft brewpubs in Seoul only to be disappointed with the quality. Then I saw they had this Canadian brewpub in town, which seemed crazy. It was a little hard to find. I started asking people for help and a friendly local guy went out of his way to walk me over to it. That was one of many examples of great kindness I found in Seoul in just five days there.