Beer officially declared an alcoholic beverage in Russia

Beer officially declared an alcoholic beverage in Russia

Russian beer: now with alcohol (Image: r3v || cls) 

In many instances, Russians are first on the scene. Off the top of our heads, Russia was at the forefront of the space race, radio receivers, Fabergé eggs, chromatography, and fire-fighter competitions.

In this instance, however, Russia has arrived painfully late.

As Time reports, Russian legislators joined the rest of the world yesterday in declaring that beer will now be officially considered an “alcoholic beverage.” So how was beer classified prior to this? Like everything else with less than 10% alcohol content, it was labeled a mere foodstuff.

• Russia joins the rest of the world, admits beer is alcohol [Time]