Tennent's lager appears to have a big fan in the South Korean president

Photos have surfaced in the Korean press showing the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, buying in rounds of Scottish favourite, Tennent’s Lager.

Published 27th Jul 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

In the pictures, taken in the SsangSsang beer pub in Gwanghwamun, situated round the corner from his Seoul presidential residence, President Moon Jae-in can be seen sharing pints of Tennent's with a group of  around 30 people all differently impacted by the latest economic policy decisions in the country.

A surprise visit,  the Korean leader sat down with job seekers, owners of small businesses, self-employed, and wage workers for a quiet pint of Tennent's.

Alan McGarrie, group brand director at Tennent’s said: “Tennent’s Lager is enjoyed by loyal punters in all corners of the world, but to see that South Korea’s president keeps his local stocked up with Scotland’s favourite beer shows that he’s a real fan.

“We’re already looking forward to President Moon Jae-in’s next visit to the UK so we can invite him on a tour of our famous Wellpark home where Tennent’s has been brewing continuously on the same site since 1556.”

This is the second notable time that the Scottish brewing giant's lager has received a presidential seal of approval, with Barack Obama reportedly giving the beer a public shout-out during a charity dinner in Scotland in 2016.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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