Developers of powdered alcohol say it's perfect for hikers and campers. No lugging 12-packs around. No strapping barrels of grain alcohol to your backpack frame.
So in Minnesota, powdered alcohol, or "Palcohol," should go over like a crisp brewski after a day of canoeing the lakes, right? Not so fast.
The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved powdered alcohol for sale last week. But Tuesday, state Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) introduced a bill that would ban its sale in Minnesota until state regulatory committees can determine the safety of the product.
So even though Palcohol could hit shelves nationally as soon as this summer, Minnesota might not see it until after June 1, 2016 -- if ever.
Here's how Palcohol works: Take the 4" x 6" packet of powdered alcohol (currently in plain vodka, plain rum, Cosmopolitan, Margarita, and Lemon Drop flavors), pour in five ounces of water, stir, and enjoy. Yes, you can use the pouch as a drinking vessel. Yes, it looks like a Capri Sun pouch in the fondest, most nostalgic kind of way.
Concerns about this powdery form of nature's sweetest nectar range from "what if people snort it?" to "babies will gobble it up like Pixy Stix." And sure, some intrepid clowns out there are going to shoot it straight up their noses, and light shit on fire with it, and sprinkle it on pizza. But is it also possible that this hyped-up trend will die off faster than it takes a packet of Palcohol to dissolve into water (about 30 seconds)?
Maybe. Are we still going to try it, even if we have to wait until the next time we cross state lines? Yep. Just maybe not when we visit the states that have already banned the stuff: Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Vermont. Or others considering bans, like Ohio and New York.
Sigh. It's hard out there for unconventional buzz-builders. We're looking at you, vaportini.
Watch Palcohol founder Mark Phillips explain the origins and uses of his product in the video below:
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