WhiteHouse.gov Unveils President Obama’s The White House Honey Ale Recipe
I’ve been kinda following this for the past few weeks. Various folks on Twitter and Facebook asked me to help needle the President for his home brew recipe, even going as far as using the Freedom of Information Act to pry it out of the oval office. I think the folks in charge have way better things to do. In a sign of good will, The White House released the statement below along with recipe and instructions for The White House Honey Ale.
Ed. Note: There’s been a lot of buzz online recently about the recipe for the White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter, including a popular petition on We the People, the White House’s online petition platform.
With public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz, we decided we better hop right to it.
Inspired by home brewers from across the country, last year President Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen. After the few first drafts we landed on some great recipes that came from a local brew shop. We received some tips from a couple of home brewers who work in the White House who helped us amend it and make it our own. To be honest, we were surprised that the beer turned out so well since none of us had brewed beer before.
As far as we know the White House Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on the White House grounds. George Washington brewed beer and distilled whiskey at Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson made wine but there’s no evidence that any beer has been brewed in the White House. (Although we do know there was some drinking during prohibition…)
Since our first batch of White House Honey Brown Ale, we’ve added the Honey Porter and have gone even further to add a Honey Blonde this past summer. Like many home brewers who add secret ingredients to make their beer unique, all of our brews have honey that we tapped from the first ever bee-hive on the South Lawn. The honey gives the beer a rich aroma and a nice finish but it doesn’t sweeten it.
If you want a behind the scenes look at our home-brewing process, this video offers some proof.