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Are Beersicles Illegal?

Quick! What's the first word that comes to your mind when I say "Frozen Beersicle?" If it was "illegal" then you and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control think alike. Rustico Restaurant of McLean, Virginia began selling frozen beer pops as a way to beat the summer heat. Executive chef Frank Morales tested over 100 varieties before landing on Belgian derived "Raspbeer-y," Lambic driven "Plum," and stout-based "Fudgesicle." However, according to the Virginia DABC, it's illegal to sell beer pops since beer must be served in its original container, or served immediately to a customer once it is poured from the original container. Philip Disharoon, special agent in charge of the Alexandria division of the Virginia DABC, stated:

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.

The restaurant is planning on keeping them on the menu, however Disharoon believes there is no way it will be legal.

Source: WTOP News

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nicachica nicachica 10 years
hehe...my friend works at Rustico! i'll have to ask her about this one.
Hollywoodjess Hollywoodjess 10 years
is that even good?
quietriott quietriott 10 years
i was going to ask the same thing about beer used in cooking, especially beer-battered fish or onion rings. i even know people who put beer in their chili! that must be illegal in virginia too!
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Sounds like Virginia needs to pull the giant popsicle stick out of the butt.
joeiscoffee joeiscoffee 10 years
must be "served immediately to a customer once it is poured from the original container..' So does this mean a restaurant cannot make beer battered shrimp? Or that beer cannot be used in cooking? Can wine? And what is the recipe for a beersicle? Is it diluted with water?
kins kins 10 years
the first words that came to my mind were "tasty" and "refressing"
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Yes, it sounds quite strict.
smartypantssugar smartypantssugar 10 years
Virginia has really strict laws about liquor. Welcome to the South!
jenybugs jenybugs 10 years
they made these in england a few years back and they tried to argue that anyone any age could buy them bc the actual amount of alcohol in them is very little...you'd have to eat a whole bunch of them...i'll try to go back and find that story...i think if i want a popsicle to taste like alcohol it better taste good (aka margarita) not like beer....
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I don't need alcohol enough to suck it off a stick...
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
yeah, i agree. if they aren't selling them to the underage, what's the big deal? i had no idea there were laws about what sort of container alcohol had to be served in. anyone know why?
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
they should be able to serve them as long as they are still checking I.D.'s and not serving them to anyone underage. I'd like to try one. I'm sure they don't have that much beer in them anyways though.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Well Id hope that they wouldnt permit that, for legal reasons. I wonder if it really has all that much alcoholic content to begin with...
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 10 years
what if it is givin to a kid?
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Yeah they sound fun, especially the fudgesicle.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Hmmm. I might have to head over to McLean and grab one while they're still on the market! :)
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
As long as they arent serving them to anyone underage, its dumb for it to be illegal.
jmmst49 jmmst49 10 years
I really don't understand why they have laws like this. Just let them serve the beer-sicles.
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