April 06, 2020

“Chukbae!”: The rise of North Korean beer
Increased quantity and quality herald social change, but large-scale export remains unlikely
Three North Koreans walk into a bar. They order a Ponghak, a Taedonggang, and a Rakwon. The bartender apologizes: they’ve only got a new beer, Ryongsong, on hand.“No problem, we’ll have three of those!” says the Rakwon-drinker and goes to the toilet. The bartender brings three Ryongsongs.The Ponghak-drinker takes a sip and grimaces in disgust: “That’s terrible.” The