Frozen Beer Pops Raising Regulators' Eyebrows

June 19, 2007

An innovation into how beer is served at one Virginia bar has state regulators paying closer attention as to the legalities of the invention.

Beer pops are served by Alexandria restaurateur Frank Morales in a variety of sizes and flavors like "Raspbeer-y" and "Fudgesicle." But state regulators say that the frozen treats violate rules governing the sale of alcohol.

Morales began selling the frozen beer pops last week at Rustico Restaurant to customers looking for a more adult way to beat the heat. After weeks of testing hundreds of beer varieties to find flavors that worked, Morales finally decided on three flavors.

"Raspbeer-y," made with a Belgian, fruit-style beer; "Plum," made from a Belgian Lambic brew; and the "Fudgesicle," made with a stout with bittersweet chocolate undertones.

But 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.

In the meantime, a spokesperson for the restaurant said that they were working hard to ensure that the beer pops complied with state regulation.

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