January 21, 2021

North Koreans in the countryside may soon drink up a new domestic beer

A new North Korean beer called Tumangang sheds light on a Rason trade zone factory’s growth

Just like in many other parts of the world, North Koreans are known to pop open a beer between friends or even concoct a brew in their own homes. But one of the country’s most ubiquitous brands, Taedonggang, is hard to find in the remote northeast, and a new beer factory now seems to be on its way to filling that void.

Earlier this week, North Korean state media announced the opening of the Rason Brewery, which appears to be part of a foreign-invested, multi-use factory that can give us clues on how these kinds of DPRK businesses work today.