Before you laugh, consider this: If I had to cope with the bleak Russian winter, I'd probably turn to ale as a form of sustenance, too.
Indeed, the head of the Union of Russian Brewers doesn't seem to view imbibing as a choice:
So [now] you have to stock at home. And stocking beer is more problematic than stocking vodka. It's bulky, it's big and there's no room for it in small homes. It's much easier to buy two bottles of vodka and manage for your instant need for alcohol.To understand their plight, I may have to toast 2013 with a Russian imperial stout.
Happy New Year to all.