Saturday, September 01, 2012

'Ale to the Chief': Online petition scores White House beer recipe

The “We The People” project allows anyone to submit a online petition requesting government action or response. The latest success in terms of an online petition: one that asked the Obama Administration to reveal the recipe for the beers brewed at the White House.

Last month, U.S President Barack Obama told an Iowa man that his campaign bus was stocked with White House beers, and even shared a sample. Since then, an online petition at the "We The People" site had bipartisan support: people wanted the recipe. Over 12,000 people signed the petition.

In a blog post titled "Ale to the Chief," Sam Kass, one of Obama’s chefs, dished the details. It was a pun-filled post, with the first paragraph reading:

"With public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz, we decided we better hop right to it."

He went on to state that in 2011 President Obama brought home a home brewing kit for the kitchen. After getting some recipes from a local brew shop, and receiving some tips from some home brewers who work at the White House, they modified the recipes and came up with White House Honey Brown Ale.

They were, in fact, surprised that the beer turned out so well since none of them had brewed beer before.

Kass continued:

"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 the first ale, they have gone on to add a Honey Porter and a Honey Blonde this past summer. The White House shared the recipes for the Honey Porter and Honey Brown Ale, in PDF form, here.

The secret ingredient, though, will be impossible to come by. All of the White House brews have honey tapped from the first ever South Lawn beehive. Kass said that "the honey gives the beer a rich aroma and a nice finish but it doesn't sweeten it."

A video, embedded, shows the different steps of the White House beer brewing process.

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