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Every year, I like to try something at the State Fair that doesnâ€™t sound very tasty to me, just for the challenge of it. Last year, for example, I tried Big Sky Countryâ€™s deep-fried bull testicles â€“ which tasted, no joke, a lot like chicken.Â
This year, I went with "beersicles" from the new PBR Park. The Locally-owned Peteâ€™s Pops crafted them, and although I am usually a fan of their products, I wasnâ€™t sold on the concept of mixing brews with frosty snacks. I immediately liked, however, that frozen pops are naturally on a stick as opposed to so many other Fair foods that are forced on a stick.
"Slim McGinn and his wife, Jane Fox, contacted me about doing the pops after Jane had the idea," says Peter Cooney, owner of Peteâ€™s Pops. "Then we worked together on the flavors and recipes. We still have a few more flavors in our back pocket for next year."
The beersicles cost $4.25 and come in two flavors: Pabst Blue Raspberry and Citrus Shandy. According to Cooney, there is 1.5 ounces of beer in each pop.
We expected the raspberry pop to be blue, but it wasnâ€™t. Instead, it was a very natural deep red color. The first lick or two, I could taste a hint of the beer, but after a while, the strong raspberry flavor over-powered it, which was fine with me. The shandy pop was the opposite, the more I ate, the more I tasted the beer. Thankfully, neither were too beer-y.
Both were extremely refreshing, especially considering it was such a hot day, and I would definitely eat another PBRaspberry, which I favored over the shandy. It would be weird, however, to decline my kid a taste of my popsicle.