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How 'Kim Jong-Ale' bought a brewery in Scotland and rebuilt it in North Korea

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North Korean women work at the Taedonggang Beer factory in the North Korean capital Pyongyang May 3, 2004. North Korea has pursued nuclear weapons for decades, but its quest to produce decent beer began in earnest when in 2000 it started talks with Britain's Ushers brewery about acquiring its Trowbridge, Wiltshire plant that had ceased operations.

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At the turn of the century, Kim Jong-Il decided he wanted to have a brewery in North Korea.

Nicknamed Kim Jong-Ale, no expense would be spared to get him his brewery. And that meant taking apart a Scottish brewery, literally down to the bricks and the toilet seats, and shipping it to North Korea, where it was reassembled.

Now, that old Scottish Brewery, Ushers of Trowbridge, is churning out Taedonggang beer in North Korea — under inspired named like Beer No. One, and their flagship Beer No. Two. The Independent has more.

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