Feds Approve Powdered Alcohol

'Palcohol' might be on sale this summer
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2015 2:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Powdered alcohol should be available this summer, unless your particular state forbids it. The federal government today approved the sale of "Palcohol," a powdered version of alcohol that transforms into a boozy drink with the addition of water or a mixer, reports the AP. (Earlier federal approval was actually granted in error, but this one is the real deal.) Several states already have moved to ban the stuff, fearful that it would make it too easy for minors to sneak drinks pretty much wherever they wanted.

Each packet of Palcohol weighs about an ounce and packs the equivalent of a shot of alcohol, according to the company's website. Different versions, including vodka and rum, will be available. Founder Mark Phillips says he hopes to have it on the market this summer, and he says states banning it are doing so because of "misinformation and ignorant speculation" spread by liquor companies, reports the Spirits Business website. “It is hypocritical to ban powdered alcohol and not liquid alcohol."

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