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Sunday
Jul212013

PAULANER SHUNS THE DEAR LEADER

German websites are claiming that one of its leading brewers has knocked back an invitation to launch a beer garden in North Korea.

The invitation, said to have come as a request from North Korean Dear Leader Kim Jong-un, was turned down by Munich's Paulaner Brewery according to Germany's biggest daily newspaper, Bild.

Almost half owned by Heineken, Paulaner reported that a move into North Korea would not be possible because it already had 12 new open-air beer gardens planned, including one in Moscow (which, presumably, would be shuttered for six months a year), one in St Petersburg and another in the US.

North Korea is widely known to be unable to feed itself, with the UN food agency insisting it needed outside food assistance because 2.8 million (more than 10%) of its 24 million people were unable to feed themselves.

"An estimated 2.8 million vulnerable people require food assistance until the next harvest in October," a U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization report said last week.

 North Korea has a domestic beer called Taedonggang, but it's not very good and it is also very expensive by world standards.

 

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