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So, is North Korean beer better?

This Dong-A Ilbo article says overwhelmingly yes, according to a blind taste test by a crack team of panelists, which included the president of Korean Society of Brewing Science, certified brau meister and a German exchange student.

But interestingly, a South Korean beer was ranked as the top for the best beer to accompany Korean food. A South Korean beer also topped the list for “best beer with which to make poktanju” — the category which Dong-A Ilbo described in a tongue-in-cheek manner as “the most glorified qualification for a beer in Korea.”

  • Horace Jeffery Hodges

    Is North Korean beer better? Dunno, but it can’t be worse.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • Madar

    I heard OB Golden was designed to be drunk with a shot or two of soju in it. Acting on that advice I added some, and to my surprise it greatly improved the taste! That’s production for your local market! I hope Max didn’t win as it is a plague on humanity. The one time I tried a North Korean beer it was unpalatable, but that was years ago, so they may have gotten their act together.

  • Maximus2008

    Why repeating the topic? Already discussed here:
    http://www.rjkoehler.com/2012/12/04/the-economist-korean-beer-boring/

  • http://www.zenkimchi.com/FoodJournal ZenKimchi

    If you need to put shitty green bottle soju in your beer, you’re drinking shitty beer.

  • wangkon936

    Damn, I should have tried some North Korean beer while I was at that North Korean restaurant in Shanghai. I got Tsingtao instead because I assumed that the North Korean beer would suck.

    I asked the waitress if they had Hite. They of course did not. Can you imagine that?

  • roboseyo

    Do we put soju in our beer because our beer tastes like shit, or do we put soju in our beer because our soju tastes like shit?

    This is the Korean version of the old black/white stripes, white/black stripes zebra riddle.

  • silver surfer

    Daedongmekju is pretty good. Tried it when they used to sell it in Seoul as did my Korean friends and we all agreed it was way better than South Korean beers. They apparently bought up an old British beer company that was going bust and faithfully reproduced their methods and techniques. Got to respect that.

  • Jdog2050

    Ha…this is hilarious. Also, I’m really tired of the “Korean beer *surpisingly* goes well with Korean food” trope. It’s like, ok, which beers did you compare? I’m guessing they were all basically mass-market lagers and there wasn’t a single ale to be found.