When it comes to elections, some voters vote for the candidate who they would most like to have a beer with. If that’s the case, the 2012 election will be easy to decide – Mitt Romney doesn’t drink and President Obama makes his own! Even since the President kicked off his own brewing label, there has been public pressure for him to release his recipe – and this week, he has.
The White House Honey Ale is believe to be the first beer to have been brewed in the White House (unless certain presidents ran bootlegging schemes during the Prohibition era). The president set about creating his own beer in January 2011 after buying his own homebrewing kit. In addition to the White House Honey Ale, he has also reportedly brewed White House Honey Blonde Ale and White House Honey Porter.
The recipes have been such a hit that two of Washington’s breweries—D.C. Brau and Chocolate City—have said they will produce the beers, but the recipe is said to be easy enough for most amateur beer makers to duplicate. Though we doubt they be able to use the honey from the White House’s hives…
On the White House’s website, White House chef Sam Kass explains the process: ” 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.”
Click below to see how the Commander-in-Chief brews his beer and here for all the recipes!
Images: The White House and WikiMedia Commons