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Making "Hopsicles": Rustico's Frozen Beer Treats

In June 2007, Chef Frank Morales of Rustico Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia demonstrated his creation of "hopsicles," Popsicle-style frozen treats make with fruit and Belgian fruit ales.

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Rustico Chef Frank Morales prepares cherries for boiling as part of his creation of a batch of hopsicles, frozen Popsicle-style treats made with Belgian fruit ales and other densely flavored specialty beers.Rustico Chef Frank Morales prepares cherries for boiling as part of his creation of a batch of "hopsicles," frozen Popsicle-style treats made with Belgian fruit ales and other densely flavored specialty beers. To his pot of boiling chopped cherries and other recipe ingredients, Morales adds a bottle of kriek lambic, a Belgian fruit ale.To his pot of boiling chopped cherries and other recipe ingredients, Morales adds a bottle of kriek lambic, a Belgian fruit ale. While the ingredients are boiling, Morales sets up his hopsicle mold.While the ingredients are boiling, Morales sets up his "hopsicle" mold.
Morales pours the finished fruit-and-beer mixture into the hopsicle molds.Morales pours the finished fruit-and-beer mixture into the "hopsicle" molds. Chef Morales inserts the hopsicle sticks into the mold.Chef Morales inserts the "hopsicle" sticks into the mold. A new batch of hopsicles are ready for the freezer.A new batch of "hopsicles" are ready for the freezer.
These are some of the Belgian fruit beers used by Morales to make the hopsicles displayed in the background.These are some of the Belgian fruit beers used by Morales to make the "hopsicles" displayed in the background. The finished product: A batch of hopsicles on display at Rustico.The finished product: A batch of "hopsicles" on display at Rustico. The finished product: A batch of hopsicles on display at Rustico.The finished product: A batch of "hopsicles" on display at Rustico.
Rustico employees enjoy a couple of hopsicles as an NBC News video camera (lower left corner) records their reactions.Rustico employees enjoy a couple of "hopsicles" as an NBC News video camera (lower left corner) records their reactions.