America's ingenuity and inventiveness
have placed it atop the world for almost two centuries. Many great
thinkers and inventors have come here to imbibe our air of creativity.
And now, as most of you know, people around the world are coming here
to imbibe our beer. Well, imbibe this, baby.
Our proudest moment may have just arrived. Americans are very, very
good at putting foods on sticks and eating them. Corn dogs are an
excellent example, as are ice cream bars. But we've outdone ourselves
this time. We've made beer popsicles! Yes, cool, refreshing beer in
its ultimate form—completely frozen.
When Chef Frank Morales created these "beersicles" last month at
Rustico, a restaurant and bar in Alexandria, Virginia, he thought he
was surely on to something. He developed three
flavors—"Raspbeer-y", made from a raspberry-based fruit beer, "Fudgesicle", made with a deeply chocolate stout, and "Plum",
derived from a Belgian lambic—and created a delicious, bubbly froth of
publicity that is coming to a head.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in now
investigating if such a thing might even be illegal! Poor Chef Morales!
People the world 'round are talking about his restaurant, laughing at
him! (Did I mention the restaurant is named "Rustico" and that it's
in Alexandria, Virginia?) The humiliation of this horrible publicity
must surely be keeping him awake at night, tossing and turning in shame.
He's lucky in one regard, though—nothing washes away the taste of shame and humiliation like an ice cold "Plum" beersicle.