Virginia’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Questions Beer Popsicles
Posted by Bob Skilnik on June 21, 2007
Is it one of the great alcoholic innovations of the 21st century — or an illegal way to serve beer? Frank Morales, the owner of the Rustico Restaurant in Alexandria, is selling the adult frozen treats in flavors like “Raspbeer-y” and “Fudgesicle.” They cost $4 for the 6-ounce size, shaped like a traditional Popsicle, and $6 for a larger “beer cone.”
But the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says the “beersicles” run afoul of rules governing the serving and pouring of beer. Special Agent Philip Disharoon said the law requires beer to be served in its original container, or served immediately to a customer once it is poured from its original container.
Amber Pfau, a restaurant spokeswoman, told Express today that Rustico is “following the letter of the law” when it comes to the frozen treats. According to Pfau, the restaurant’s legal counsel says that because Morales is keeping beer that is being used for cooking — in this case for the popsicles — separate from beer that being served at the bar, the “popsicles are an extension as a food item.”