President Obama releases his beer recipes: White House Honey Ale and Porter
Score one for government transparency: after much prodding, the President, in cooperation with Assistant Chef and the Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass, has released the recipes for White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter. The beers use honey from the White House's own hives, and may very possibly be the first alcoholic beverages ever brewed on premises:
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…)
Here's a bit of background on the process of making ale for the chief:
For more information, check out Obama Foodarama for an exhaustive rundown on the first-ever White House tipples.
photo via Samantha Appleton / White House