When you get a chance, read the WSJ Korea Real Time’s write-up on Tiffany Needham and Erik Moynihan, who—among other things—run Magpie:
The microbrewery is called Magpie and operates from a location down a hill from Itaewon that the couple says was designed to be a lab and taste center rather than a bar. Ms. Needham said she recently admitted to a customer that the place – which looks like an overgrown kitchen with a few stools tossed in – had indeed become a bar. But they’re now planning to open a proper bar, one that stays open past 11, in the basement of a nearby building next month. Name: The Magpie Basement.
The couple, along with their partners in Magpie, have been able to take advantage of recent changes in South Korean laws that have made it possible for microbrews to be distributed beyond their premises. As a result, Magpie’s beers, along with those of the nearby Craftworks Taphouse, have become available in other hip bars around Itaewon and in restaurants like Vatos Urban Tacos.