Almost a year ago to the day, the beer-centric restaurant Rustico in Alexandria, Virginia had to remove "beer pops" from their menu. The grown-up popsicles, available in flavors like "Raspbeer-y," didn't jibe with Virginia legislation. According to the state's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), beer must be served in its original container, or served immediately after pouring. So where does that leave the brew pops, or other items on the menu like framboise-marinated red onions in the Hearts of Romaine Salad? When does beer become less liquid and more solid food?
Rustico executive chef Frank Morales challenged ABC and thanks to a bill sponsored by Delegate Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Senator Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria), the brew-haha is over. Starting July 1, the $5 frozen brewskies will come in flavors including framboise, cherry kriek, peche, cassis, banana, plum, and chocolate stout. Rustico: 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria VA 22314 (map); 703-224-5051; rusticorestaurant.com
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