Korean’s love their chicken and beer. So it is essentially envitable that at some point they would combine the two to create chimaek. Chicken in Korean is 치킨 and beer is called 맥주. So 치맥 is just essential the two words combined and dropping the second syllable in each word.
It is a marvellous thing because the beer and chicken compliment each other well. The trend has also caught on in the neighbouring countries of Japan and China due to famous Korean dramas advertising this dish.
The chimaek can also lead into other foods that go well with beer including roasted peanuts and other various dishes. The culture around this dish is intensive and can lead to a night of heavy drinking and one shots of beer or Soju.
Chimaek is one of the best ways to experience Korean culture and everyone who visits Korea should engage in chimaek if your comfortable with drinking alcohol and eating chicken.
Please enjoy my video on the topic.