Bowing to growing pressure from curious Americans in both parties, the White House on Saturday released the recipes for President Barack Obama’s homemade beers, revealing the executive branch’s penchant for honey-flavored brews.
In a blog post entitled “Ale to the Chief,” The White House has made public the recipe for two home-made beers that have become an object of fascination for beer drinkers everywhere, reports News.com.au.
White House Honey Brown Ale, believed to be the first beer brewed on the White House grounds, includes light malt extract, amber crystal malt, honey, gypsum, yeast and corn sugar.
White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass said that “with public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz, we decided we better hop right to it.”
Although Mr Kass is the brewer, the White House stressed that it was Mr Obama who bought the equipment and pays for the ingredients out of his own pocket, points out the BBC.
There is also a video on how the beer is brewed. “God, that is one incredible beer, if I do say so myself. America I wish everyone could taste this but we don’t quite brew enough,” Sam Kass comments at one point.
The key ingredient for the White House Honey Brown Ale and the White House Honey Porter, though, may be tough to come by – the honey is straight from the White House’s first-ever beehive.
Kass wrote that the “honey gives the beer a rich aroma and a nice finish but it doesn’t sweeten it.”
President Obama has been talking about the White House brew for weeks, but he and other officials had refused to disclose details of how it’s made, despite an online petition and repeated questions from reporters.
The recipe was kept under wraps until 13,000 people signed an online petition demanding to know it, and someone even filed a freedom of information request.
The President even took a question on the beer recipe during a chat with the website Reddit.
According to Reuters, the recipes were released as Obama headed to campaign in Colorado, a swing state that is embracing small, independent beer producers.
The birthplace of Coors beer currently has the third highest number of craft breweries in the country, behind only California and Washington, according to the web magazine Atlantic Cities.
Obama bought a home brewing kit last year and, according to media reports, has served the beer at St. Patrick’s Day and Super Bowl celebrations. Obama is now part of a growing movement – 28,835 people currently belong to the American Homebrewers Association.
“That is one incredible beer if I do say so myself,” Kass says of the White House beer. “America, I wish everybody could taste this, but we don’t quite brew enough.”
One of the oldest political cliches states that people vote for the person they would most like to have a beer with – and Barack Obama’s rival in the November election, Mitt Romney, a Mormon, does not drink.
However, the Republican Party could still tap voter interest – its vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan hails from Wisconsin, a major beer-making state, and he has professed affection for micro-brews.