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Leslie Brenner, The Dallas Morning News, Published May 17 2012

Beerita creating a buzz

Somehow a drink craze that’s been sweeping the nation – for years! – has escaped my noticed until recently. It’s the beerita – a frozen margarita with a bottle of beer stuck upside down in it, so the beer dribbles into the margarita. The earliest mention of it I found in a quick web search is 2007, when it was appearing in Minnesota, Florida and Boston; who knows where and when it was actually created.

At first, I thought it sounded dumb, then I thought maybe it would be just the thing to fix up a margarita that’s too sweet. At Dallas’ Place at Perry’s, the beer in question is a Shiner Bock; the margarita’s made with Azunia Reposado tequila. But I couldn’t help but wonder: Do the bartenders wash those beer bottles before putting them in your drink? How many people had handled it? I put the question to Place at Perry’s, whose publicist emailed me this: “Our bartenders wipe the bottles with a sanitizer solution prior to serving.”

Really? That almost seems worse than the alternative.