Petitions.whitehouse.gov is a site that allows virtually anyone to sign a petition for a certain cause. One of the most recently popular ones, entitled “Release the recipe for the Honey Ale home brewed at the White House,” started August 18, and by the end of the month had already received 12,240 signatures from America’s homebrewers. Ending with a quote from FDR, “I think it’s time for beer,” it was too good of a petition for the Obama administration to pass up.
So yesterday Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives, responded to the people’s demands in a punny post on the White House blog called “Ale to the Chief.” “With public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz,” he begins, “we decided we better hop right to it.”
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…)
After experimenting a bit—including sampling from the White House bee hive—the Obama team was pleasantly surprised with the result. Below, a video about the process and the recipes sheet for both the Honey Ale and the Honey Porter, or download them in PDF format.