The Great Somaek Spill of 2012


Tragedy strikes in Sinchon.

Photo by Michael Johnstone

Photo by Michael Johnstone

Last week as I’m pulling up behind my apartment building on my way home from work, I get the whiff of something familiar in the air. Is that somaek? The word means a mixture of soju (essentially, Korean vodka) and maekju (beer). On their own, I’d have to admit that Korean beer (such as Hite or Cass) is rather terrible. So is soju, if consumed alone. Strangely enough, mixing the two together makes a rather enjoyable (and rapidly intoxicating) beverage. So I know the smell quite well.

Photo by Michael Johnstone

Photo by Michael Johnstone

As I zip up the street the cause of the smell becomes rapidly apparent. A delivery truck–one of those ubiquitous, blue, all purpose everything carriers, tried to gun it up the slight hill behind my apartment building. The result, as one can clearly see, was a catastrophic waste of party fuel.

Photo by Michael Johnstone

Photo by Michael Johnstone

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