Following a petition signed by over 12,000 people and a Freedom of Information Act request, the White House released on Saturday the recipes for its signature Honey Ale and Honey Porter beers. “I can tell from first-hand experience, it is tasty,” wrote President Obama in his Reddit AMA last week.
According to the White House, the secret ingredient unique to White House beer is honey drawn from the first-ever beehive on the South Lawn, giving the beer “a rich aroma and a nice finish.” President Obama was inspired by home brewers and bought a brewing kit for the White House kitchen. White House chefs spent the past year perfecting the recipes in their spare time using tips from home brewers who work in the White House and modifying recipes from a local brewery.
The White House Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol ever known to be brewed and distilled on the White House grounds, according to White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass. “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,” wrote Kass in the White House Blog.