The 2nd International Suul Conference 2021

An online academic forum exploring the world of Korean traditional alcohol

Every 3 years, the International Suul Institute runs an academic conference in English surrounding Korean traditional alcohol. The two-day event, held on the 25th & 26th November will delve into the rich history of Suul and showcase the expertise of companies and individuals who make these traditional alcohols. This year, the conference will be held via Zoom, meaning no matter where in the world you are, if you have a passion for Korean alcohol – register and attend!

Registration for the event is open and you can find the details here.

For convenient access, the Zoom link is 882 6986 1888, and the Password is 123456.


Under the theme of “Korean traditional alcoholic beverage, Suul: Its meaning and role as an intangible cultural heritage in the world”, the culture of Korean fermentation will be revealed. The entire conference will adhere to Korean Standard Time (KST) and will present the creativity of traditional Suul passed down through generations.

Throughout this representative event, there are a few notable mentions we think you shouldn’t miss out on:

Day 1

13:30 – 13:40 Congratulatory Message

Patrick E. McGovern Professor, University of Pennsylvania, USA

14:25 – 14:50 Invited Lecture

Mairead Nic Craith, Prof., University of the Highlands and Islands

Intangible heritage–Why should we care?

(To read more about sool heritage, check out our article here)

15:20 – 15:40 Special talk 2.

Chulin Yoo, Professor, Jeju National University

Food and Suul as an intangible heritage – Focusing on Jeju gosori-suul and Ryuku awamori

(To read more about sool on Jeju Island, check out our guide here)

Full event schedule:


Day 2

13:40 – 14:00 Special Talk

Alice Jun, Co-founder, Hana Makgeolli Brewery, Brooklyn, NY

What does Suul mean to me? – Hana makgeolli Brand Story

14:00 – 14:20 Session 1 – Korean Unfiltered Suul, Makgeolli

Jeff Rubidge, Connecticut, USA (East)

15:00 – 15:20 Session 2 – Korean Filtered Suul, Cheongju

Julia Mellor, Founder of The Sool Company, Australia

16:10 – 16:30 Session 3 – Korean Filtered Suul, Soju

Brandon Hill, founder and creator of Tokki Soju, New York

Tokki Soju Brand Story

The events catalog and schedule can also be downloaded at the link below:

For those of you who cannot access the Zoom meeting, the event will be simultaneously streamed live on The Suul Institute’s YouTube channel. A recording of the conference will also be uploaded to their YouTube when the event is finished – this way, if you miss the conference, but would still love to watch any of the talks, you can tune in on your own time!

The last event, held in 2018 at the Seoul National University, allowed brewers, experts, and fans alike to share global experiences with Suul. Under the theme of “Rice Farming Culture and Alcoholic Rice Beverage Industry: A New Framework and Plans for the Future”, twelve experts from eight nations organized presentations on rice farming and the Sull industry. Similar to this year’s upcoming agenda, the origins, and development of traditional Korean alcohol were showcased and celebrated.

This opportunity to further your knowledge on Suul and various other Korean traditional alcohols is not to be missed. Whether you are new to the field or a Suul veteran, this conference is sure to be an interesting and indulgent experience.

Don’t miss this chance to learn more about this great type of alcohol.

Zoom link details here.