'Russian President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday signed a bill that officially classifies beer as alcoholic. Until now anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered a foodstuff. Vodka is well known as being the drink of choice for Russians but in the past ten years sales have fallen by nearly 30% while beer sales have risen by 40%. Beer can be sold anywhere 24 hours a day.'
I must admit that I have been known to forego a meal for a glass or two of beer and a strong trappist ale, for instance, packs more calories than those low-calories meals for dieters. Of course too many calories makes a Russian stout.