The POTUS’ official residence unveiled recipes for its “Honey Ale” and “Honey Porter” in a blog post partly entitled “Ale to the Chief.”
“With public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz, we decided we better hop right to it,” writes Sam Kass, White House assistant chef and senior policy advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives.
The Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on White House grounds, Kass writes. Previously, Thomas Jefferson made wine, and George Washington brewed beer and distilled whiskey at his Mount Vernon home in Virginia.
Inspired by home brewers from across the United States, Obama bought a home-brewing kit for the kitchen, Kass continues. After some experimentation, staff created the Honey Brown Ale, followed by the Honey Porter. They debuted a Honey Blonde this past summer. All are brewed with honey tapped from the first-ever bee hive on the South Lawn of the White House.
The White House also offers a behind-the-scenes look at its brewing process in the YouTube video, above.
Check out the White House beer recipes below, and tell us what you think in the comments. Will you try them out?