The American people demanded answers, and the brew
master-in-chief has spoken.
After receiving 12,000 signatures on an online petition calling on President Obama to release the recipe to his home brew, White House assistant chef Sam Kass posted the secret recipe on the White House blog today.
"With public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz, we decided we better hop right to it," said Kass, who is also the senior advisor for healthy food initiatives.
Obama, who has been known to enjoy a good microbrew and an occasional macrobrew, bought a home brewing kit for the White House kitchen last year. But interest in the White House brew reached a fever pitch only recently after Obama offered an Iowa voter a bottle -- which he stocks on his campaign bus -- during a campaign stop.
One beer connoisseur filed a petition for the release of the recipe on the White House web site, and it quickly received thousands of signatures.
With some advice from other home brewers at the White House, Kass says they managed to make some decent beer. The secret ingredient in all three White House beer varieties? Honey from the White House bee hive.
"To be honest, we were surprised that the beer turned out so well since none of us had brewed beer before," Kass writes.
Kass adds that he believes that Obama's beer is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on 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…)," Kass writes.
The first attempt by the White House was a Honey Brown Ale, but since then the Obama White House has brewed a Honey Porter and Honey Blonde.
The recipes for White House brew can be found on the White House blog.
"That is one incredible beer," says Kass, after sampling some for a White House video detailing the brewing process. "America, I wish everyone could taste this, but we don't quite brew enough."