Responding to popular demand from beer enthusiasts, the White House has released the “secret” recipes for two of President Obama’s home brews — a honey ale and honey porter.
White House chef Sam Kass posted the instructions on the White House blog after more than 12,200 Americans signed an online petition through the administration’s “We the People” portal requesting their release.
“Inspired by home brewers from across the country, last year President Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen,” Kass wrote. “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.”
The custom ales are the first alcoholic beverages ever brewed on White House grounds, Kass said. They both use honey from the first lady’s bee-hives on the south lawn.
“The honey gives the beer a rich aroma and a nice finish,” Kass wrote, “but it doesn’t sweeten it.”
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