First look: Owners of Seoul Food Meat Co. to open a new brewery and soju distillery

First look: Owners of Seoul Food Meat Co. to open a new brewery and soju distillery

LaBARatory photo courtesy of Tim Chun

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The new brewery called LaBARatory will be located across the Cross Charlotte Trail at the Urban Mill District Market in Villa Heights.

Why it matters: LaBARatory will also be a soju distillery, which owner Tim Chun tells me is hard to come by here. He says he often has to wait several months for it to be delivered from suppliers.

  • Plus, there’s an appetite in Charlotte for alcoholic beverages that aren’t beer. “People are into [beer] alternatives like seltzers, sours, ranch water,” Chun notes. “I think it’s time for Makoli (a Korean rice wine) to shine.”

Zoom in: Soju, similar to beer, is made by distilling alcohol from fermented grains. That’s why the brewery-soju distillery combo made sense for Chun.

  • It’s also known as Korean vodka” because it’s a clear alcoholic beverage with 20-25% ABV.
LaBARatory

Cluck Design is behind the design of the space and Liles Construction built it out. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Zoom out: LaBARatory is the latest brainchild of Chun and his wife Lisa Kamura, who had a busy 2022. First. they opened BIT by Seoul Food in SouthPark, and most recently their second Seoul Food Meat Co. location in Villa Heights, which is essentially a giant playground for the whole family.

LaBARatory

In step with the science theme, the drinks will be served in beakers and test tubes. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

What to expect: LaBARatory will have a full bar and 20 taps with rotating beverages. “We don’t plan to have flagship beers. We’ll just continue to experiment,” Chun said.

  • You’ll be able to take your beverage across a bridge and over to Seoul Food Meat Co. Mill District, and vice versa.
LaBARatory

Chun is actively searching for a slide to add to the other side of the deck so people can slide over to Seoul Food Meat Co.  Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Details: LaBARatory is located at 2315 N. Davidson St.

LaBARatory

Distilling equipment is by Deutsch Beverage. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Seoul Food Meat Co.

Seoul Food Meat Co. new Villa Heights location. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

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