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Russia classifies beer as alcoholic
BBC World News ^ | 7/21/11 | BBC

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: alcohol; beer; beerlist; homebrew; russia
Very true. Most older Russians I know laugh at the thought of impairment from beer. Grandmas and kids that can stomach it drink it at meal time. A sad day in world history...
1 posted on 07/21/2011 3:52:58 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: varyouga

Crap, they’re turning into America.

Thirty years ago, that would have been a good thing. Now? Not so much.


2 posted on 07/21/2011 3:57:39 PM PDT by MWS
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To: MWS

We should have gotten in on the microbew wave over there!
We would have been rich by now!


3 posted on 07/21/2011 3:59:34 PM PDT by enraged
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To: varyouga

I am not persuaded that Prozac and Ritalin are improvements over vodka and beer.


4 posted on 07/21/2011 3:59:59 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: varyouga

” 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... ;)


5 posted on 07/21/2011 4:00:55 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: varyouga
Correspondents say it is common to see people swigging beer in the street and in parks as if they are drinking soft drinks.

What's the problem here?

:-)

6 posted on 07/21/2011 4:01:07 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: MWS
Crap, they’re turning into America.

Nah, their commie leader is tough.

Our commie leader is a wuss who wears mom jeans.

7 posted on 07/21/2011 4:03:08 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: SIDENET

That’s true.

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.


8 posted on 07/21/2011 4:07:53 PM PDT by MWS
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To: SIDENET
Samuel Jackson Beer, It'll get you drunk. (Serious language warning)

Dave Chappelle - Samuel L. Jackson Beer

9 posted on 07/21/2011 4:14:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: varyouga

Step One: We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol; that our lives had become unmanageable.


10 posted on 07/21/2011 4:17:26 PM PDT by don-o (Abolish FReepathons. Be a monthly donor.)
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To: varyouga

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!”


11 posted on 07/21/2011 4:25:21 PM PDT by right way right
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To: varyouga

Is kvass still a foodstuff?


12 posted on 07/21/2011 4:25:24 PM PDT by null and void (Day 911. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: cripplecreek

LOL, one of the all-time classics!


13 posted on 07/21/2011 4:26:16 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: varyouga

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.


14 posted on 07/21/2011 4:41:40 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: varyouga

Ya lublu krepka pivo...nazdarovya


15 posted on 07/21/2011 4:55:10 PM PDT by usual suspect
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To: varyouga

16 posted on 07/21/2011 4:55:44 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: varyouga
Reminds me of an episode of "2 1/2 Men," where Charlie announces that he's giving up drinking, and throughout the episode he only drinks beer and wine!

Mark

17 posted on 07/21/2011 5:00:30 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: varyouga

Regulating alcohol in Russia is like regulating sex in a whore house.


18 posted on 07/21/2011 5:15:28 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: varyouga
Usual rubbish. Most "older Russians" who don't know beer is alcoholic are dead from liver failure. Drinking beer like soda pop is one reason for people to have a life expectancy around 60.
19 posted on 07/21/2011 5:55:21 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Psalm 144
> I am not persuaded that Prozac and Ritalin are improvements over vodka and beer.

Well, for one thing, they're Capitalized. :)

20 posted on 07/21/2011 7:45:37 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: null and void

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.


21 posted on 07/21/2011 7:48:47 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: MWS

“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.”

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’.


22 posted on 07/21/2011 7:52:15 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Psalm 144

Interesting.

Perhaps an opportunity for someone to fill a nostalgia niche?


23 posted on 07/21/2011 8:07:24 PM PDT by null and void (Day 911. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: cripplecreek

ROTFLMAO!! That was great!


24 posted on 07/21/2011 8:11:25 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: Fiji Hill

Stella Artois?


25 posted on 07/21/2011 8:16:59 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: right way right
Bar Keep says, “nonalcoholic! Disappointing ain’t it!”

Russians have a saying: "nonalcoholic beer is the man's first step to inflatable woman".

26 posted on 07/22/2011 12:51:53 AM PDT by Freelance Warrior (A Russian.)
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