SEOUL, Jun. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — The Rural Development Administration (RDA) said on Tuesday that it has developed and released a rice beer made with Korean rice instead of foreign malt.
The newly released rice beer is made with 30 to 40 percent rice of Korean varieties, and was produced as part of a joint study by Seoul Venture University and industry partners.
The beer, which is 30 percent Korean “dodam rice”, was well-received even before its release, winning a silver medal this year at the Australia International Beer Awards.
Rice beer made with 40 percent of the “seolgaeng” variety will be released this month.
According to a survey on consumer preferences, the beer was praised for deep flavor, tenderness and cleanness, making it the most delicious.
The RDA reported that about 5,000 tons of malt is used in the domestic market annually. The administration hopes to make use of 2,000 tons of rice if the malt used in beer is replaced with 40 percent of Korean rice.
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