Monday, June 23, 2008

Pop goes the beer -sicle

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control tried its hardest to ban them last year, but it failed when the Virginia General assembly intervened.

And what was it the ABC attempted to prohibit?

Beer popsicles, or Brew Pops, to be more precise.

Brew Pops will make their triumphant return at Alexandria restaurant and beer bar Rustico on Tuesday 1 July. The restaurant will be offering seven flavors during the summer-only run: framboise (raspberry), kriek (cherry), peche (peach), cassis, banana, plum, and chocolate stout.

Here, from the email press release:

From The Washington Business Journal:

The brainchild of Executive Chef Frank Morales and Beer Director Greg Engert, the icy dessert ruffled the feathers of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) last year. Citing a variety of conflicts, ABC prohibited Rustico from selling its popular brew pops. Thanks to a bill sponsored by Del. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, and Sen. Patsy Ticer, D-Alexandria, that amended the ABC's law on alcohol content in prepared foods, Rustico is able to sell its brew pops once again.

"Seventy-five years after the end of Prohibition, I am glad that we are finally making reasonable modifications to Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control laws," said Ebbin, a co-sponsor of the bill. "As long as adults consume responsibly, government should certainly not over-regulate the inclusion of alcohol in food -- or brew pops for that matter,"

Get 'em now while it's hot and they're cool!

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