Hopsicles @ Rustico

beer-popFor the beer snobs in the audience, or just folks who think they need an adult popsicle for the summer, Rustico in Alexandria is now in hot water with the Virginia ABC over their Beersicle creations. Although known by patrons, it recently gained a wider attention due to coverage by AP, which was the reason for ABC coming down on them.

The local “beer lists” have been in a tizzy over the events, and possible review of the archaic liquor laws in Virginia in regards to dispensing of alcoholic beverages:

The company put out a press release, and an Associated Press reporter placed a call to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, asking whether a frozen beer would pose any regulatory problems.

Philip Disharoon, special agent in charge of the Alexandria division of the Virginia ABC, said beer must be served in its original container, or served immediately to a customer once it is poured from its original container.

“If we’re talking about taking a beer and pouring it from a bottle or a keg into some sort of mold and freezing it, then that product is not legal,” Disharoon said. He planned to send an agent to investigate.

I wonder if this also puts the kibosh on sauces that are reductions of wine and other libations? This is almost as bad as the law preventing you from carrying “concealed” ice cream in your pocket in Alabama, West Virginia and Kentucky, and in Kansas, illegal as a topping on cherry pie…

3 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

    What’s the magic percentage of alcohol where a concoction becomes okay? It’s going to be a big shock to all the cooks in Virginia to discover they can’t add red wine to their stock…

  2. David (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

    Photo “how to” from a local photog…


  3. East Coast Girl (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 7:44 pm

    Feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but once Chef Morales brings the mixture to a boil, doesn’t that essentially cook out the alcohol content, making the whole alcohol argument a moot point?

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