OUR MISSION IS TO GLOBALIZE KOREAN ALCOHOL IN AN ACCESSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE WAY.
On a trip to Korea in 2017, I re-discovered makgeolli, a traditional Korean alcohol made with rice. I learned that makgeolli was Korea's oldest alcoholic beverage and that there were hundreds of different makgeolli breweries.
With just three ingredients, I was fascinated that makgeolli could taste so delicious and diverse, and was disappointed by the makgeolli options I found back home in the US.
I visited a makgeolli bar that pureed different kinds of fruits into all-natural, home-made makgeolli, and that gave me the idea for our first brand, Mákku.
At this time, I was working in the alcohol industry, and as a Korean American, I realized I wanted to launch a company focusing on Korean alcoholic beverages (AKA sool).
Soku is our second product, a ready-to-drink cocktail with a soju base. Light, bubbly, and made only with all-natural ingredients, Soku ties together three things I love - soju, sparkling water, and real fruit. Whether on its own, with food, or shared with the ones you love, I hope you enjoy our sool as much as I do.
Founder & CEO
Brand Creative Lead
Sales Director, Northeast
Digital Marketing Manager
Thank you for coming along with us on our journey! Please stay for the ride 😃
I went to Korea and I had some amazing makgeolli.
I found out there was no good makgeolli in the U.S. and started brewing with my mom at home
I went back to Korea and tasted as much as I could to learn more about makgeolli
I traveled the US looking for a brewery that would be willing to brew makgeolli, and finally found one in Maine
I raised some funds on Kickstarter for my first commercial batch
We landed our first account - Yoon Haeundae Galbi - in NY, NY.
Our brewery shut down and we were back on the hunt. I brought my search to Korea.
We signed a contract with a brewery and started on a new formula.
I received my first can of Makku from Korea.
We were back in the market, and we started getting noticed!
We started ideating our second brand, Soku
My first Soku in hand!