The festival is set to offer seven different varieties of Taedonggang -- including chocolate and coffee-spiked styles -- but the most popular by far is the original Taedonggang beer, a 5% ABV American-style (shhh, don't tell them) adjunct lager reportedly brewed with a mix of barley and rice for a drying, slightly bitter bite and pleasant sweetness throughout. It's apparently pretty tasty, too, especially during the region's current 95+ degree heat wave.
So while event-goers clinked glass mugs, munched on crispy fried chicken, and belted out patriotic songs with booze-fueled glee, the powers that be plotted for an international battle more chilling than a cold pint in January. Who needs a drink?
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