Some big changes are happening these days and all are for the better.
First off, I have recently been hired by the Craftworks Brewing Company as their Head Brewer. I will be working full time to make the best beer available in Korea, even better. This is a very important time in Korea with regards to beer. The craft beer movement here is gaining strength as people are starting to learn more about beer. They are discovering the variety of styles, the flavours and aromas that are possible and of course what good beer actually tastes like. Beer is a passion of mine and I am very happy to be a part of Craftworks and the craft beer movement here in S. Korea.
Secondly, come March 19th I will be off to Canada to work at a brewery for a month. I will be learning different brewing methods and techniques relating to brewing on a commercial scale. I am very excited to take all of the information I learn there and bring it back and put it into practice here in Korea. Like I mentioned, beer is my passion and I devoted to seeing the craft beer scene here develop and grow.
What does this mean for Homebrew Korea? Not much over the long term. I will still do my best to report on beer here in Korea. The community forums will continue to be a place for home brewers to gather and share information on brewing beer here in Korea. I want to continue helping those with a similar passion for beer as it can be discouraging when first getting started with the hobby here in Korea.
Unfortunately there is some bad news. Due to my month long trip to Canada, the Homebrew Korea Store will have to temporarily shut down. I thought about having my wife take over, but that is a lot of work for her and she is very busy as it is. So mark your calendars and start planning your brew schedule. The last orders must be placed and money transferred by the night of March 15th (one week from today). Please keep in mind orders placed or paid for after the 15th will be unfortunately sent out once I return which will be around the 19th of April. The store will be back on line immediately upon my return.
I have been doing lots of work behind the scenes to gain permission to start importing brewing materials. This will also have to be temporarily put on hold but should start soon after my return to Korea. The first things on the list will be hops and yeast and then will hopefully expand to DME and other products.
I thank everyone for their support over the years. Homebrew Korea has turned into a great community of brewers and beer lovers! Things are only going to get better for the beer lover here in Korea. Aagin, my apologies for the store closing (March 15th ~ April 19th) and any inconvenience this causes you. Please remember to get your orders in before the evening of March 15th.
Thank you everyone. Cheers and Happy Brewing!