by David Mendez
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Over the weekend, the Obama White House released documents that the public has demanded feverishly since they were aware of their existence.
The recipes for the White House's own home-brewed beers, the Honey Ale and Honey Porter, made with honey collected from beehives on the South Lawn of the White House.
Inspired by home brewers from across the country, last year President Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen. After the few first drafts we landed on some great recipes that came from a local brew shop. We received some tips from a couple of home brewers who work in the White House who helped us amend it and make it our own. To be honest, we were surprised that the beer turned out so well since none of us had brewed beer before.
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…)
As of yet, there have been no complaints accusing the Obama White House of lacking transparency for refusing to release the recipe of the White House Honey Blonde Ale.
For the recipes themselves, as well as a short video about the White House's brewing methods, click through to the White House website.