2) I was a store and came across a kind of fermented beverage new to me:
"Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout" from the North Coast Brewing Company, Fort Bragg, California. There's a picture of the personage named on the label.
Somebody gave me a bottle of this about 7 years ago - I remember it was pretty good. I saved the bottle and it's now on my desk at work. (My workplace is blessedly un-corporate. I bicycle to work - 12.5 miles one-way - a few times a week in T-shirt and shorts, no prob.) Nice B/W pic of Grigorij Efimovich (drawing copied from photo) - one can see why people think he was a monk (he wasn't, and wasn't a priest or any other kind of cleric either) because he's holding his right hand up almost like a priest giving a blessing.
On the bottom of the label it says in Russian, '-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦-ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¡-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â§-+-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦ -Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦-ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¡-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦ -+-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦ -ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¡-+-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦-+-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¼-ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ -Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦-ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¡-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦', which I think literally means 'A friend of the heart isn't born suddenly', which I reckon is either not-quite-proper or idiomatic for 'Good friends aren't made quickly'.