Skip to comments.Russia classifies beer as alcoholic
Posted on 07/21/2011 3:52:52 PM PDT by varyouga
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that officially classifies beer as alcoholic. Until now anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered a foodstuff.
The move, signed into law on Wednesday, will allow ministers to control the sale of beer in the same way that spirits are controlled. Russian alcohol consumption is already twice the critical level set by the World Health Organization.
Although vodka has long been the traditional tipple in Russia, beer has soared in popularity, being marketed as a healthier alternative to spirits.
Over the past decade, beer sales in Russia have risen more than 40% while vodka sales have fallen by nearly 30%.
Correspondents say it is common to see people swigging beer in the street and in parks as if they are drinking soft drinks.
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Crap, they’re turning into America.
Thirty years ago, that would have been a good thing. Now? Not so much.
We should have gotten in on the microbew wave over there!
We would have been rich by now!
I am not persuaded that Prozac and Ritalin are improvements over vodka and beer.
” laugh at the thought of impairment from beer. “
Hey - I’m here to testify that ya can be a card-carrying, disgusting, lush on beer -— it just takes dedication, and bladder control... ;)
What's the problem here?
Nah, their commie leader is tough.
Our commie leader is a wuss who wears mom jeans.
Obama would love to be a Communist dictator, but the fact of the matter is that he’d probably find a way to screw that up too.
Step One: We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol; that our lives had become unmanageable.
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Lance Armstrong go into a bar together.....
After drinking 3 pitchers of beer Lance says, Hey bar keep, What kind of crappy beer is this! I don’t feel no buzz!
Bar Keep says, nonalcoholic! Disappointing ain’t it!
Is kvass still a foodstuff?
LOL, one of the all-time classics!
When I visited Russia in 1972, Moskovskoye beer was available everywhere. It was usually drunk at room temperature, and was the worst beer I had ever tasted. The best beer available at the time was Stella, which was brewed in Egypt. The Egyptians were apparently shipping beer to Russia as payment for Soviet armaments.
Ya lublu krepka pivo...nazdarovya
Regulating alcohol in Russia is like regulating sex in a whore house.
Well, for one thing, they're Capitalized. :)
Is kvass still a foodstuff?
Since the demise of the Soviet Union I never could find kvass anywhere. The big yellow industrial tank trucks that distributed that stuff are long gone. There -have- to be some holdouts out there who still produce and consume it, but I could not find them.
“Obama would love to be a Communist dictator, but the fact of the matter is that hed probably find a way to screw that up too.”
He and his whole team of ideological kooks, odds and sods would end up briefly in show trials, then for a long time in lime pits. They would be sent there by someone who was a retro-warlord who used the buzzwords, but had zero belief in ‘The Fairytales of Marx and Engels’.
Perhaps an opportunity for someone to fill a nostalgia niche?
ROTFLMAO!! That was great!
Russians have a saying: "nonalcoholic beer is the man's first step to inflatable woman".
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