What defines beer? Specifically, what's a definition of beer that allows this to be classed as one:
Snake Venom is the world’s strongest beer as of 24 October 2013, coming in at 67.5%. It is dark amber in colour with no carbonation due to the high ABV. Unlike the previous Armageddon, the alcohol is not masked in Snake Venom. It is highly present yet it still tastes like a beer with a good degree of hop profile. Each batch is tested by the brewery before bottling and random batches are tested externally.
An alcohol content of 67.5% is not something I would associate with beer. So, why is this considered one and not a spirit?
Dictionary.com defines beer as
an alcoholic beverage made by brewing and fermentation from cereals, usually malted barley, and flavored with hops and the like for a slightly bitter taste.
This is not a very restrictive definition and would seem to also apply to whisky if you add some hops to it. So, is there a better one?