Apparently I’m all about news-of-the-weird today. Anyway …
For when you need to cool-off and get drunk and the same time and neither one nor the other can be put off a moment longer, obviously.
The popsicles – coming in flavors such as “Raspbeer-y” and sold by Alexandria-based Rustico Restaurant – caused some consternation yesterday, when the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control opined that such a delicacy might go against state beer pouring rules, which require that beer be served immediately to a customer once it is poured from its original container.
I am sure this rule served some purpose at some time (or at least giving Virginia the benefit of the doubt that it did), but why such a rule would still require enforcement is beyond me. Not to worry, though – a spokeswoman for the restaurant told Express that Rustico actually does fall within the legal beer-serving prerogative.
Because (the restaurant) 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.” Here’s the logic: If you’re at an Irish pub in Alexandria, Virginia law would prohibit bartenders from taking Guinness from the tap, freezing it and serving it to customers on a stick. But if you’re a restaurateur and take Belgian ale used for cooking, freeze it and serve it up as a treat, you’re in the clear.
The Virginia ABC, however, put that idea on ice. Spokeswoman Kristy Smith said that Rustico’s interpretation does not jibe with the commonwealth’s regulations — and told us that the agency was planning to send an agent to the restaurant in the near future for an inspection.
Mmmmm, inspection. Sweet, hop-y inspection…
But, really, how ridiculous.
Perhaps it was just that the beer popcicles would have defied description — after all, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms prohibits using the word “refreshing” when describing an alcoholic drink.