Some exciting news for craft beer and urban homesteading fans: President Obama has started brewing beer in the White House kitchen!
They’ve made three varieties so far: a Honey Ale, a Honey Porter and a summery Honey Blond. They are all custom recipes developed by the kitchen team with help from local brew masters. Possibly the coolest part of this is that all of their beers use honey produced and harvested on-site from their very own beehives!
Here is a video they produced. If you’ve never done it before, this is a pretty good introduction to the beer brewing process:
One thing that I thought was funny was that craft beer enthusiasts and brewing geeks jumped immediately with petitions and Freedom of Information Act requests asking them to release the recipe. Though the White House isn’t subject to FOIA, Assistant Chef Sam Kass consented and published two of the recipes today on the White House blog, one for the Honey Ale and the other for the Honey Porter. I am excited to try these recipes one day!
Because he had never brewed before, Kass said he was surprised with how good their first batch turned out.
I’m not surprised at all. In our experience, our worst home-brewed beer has been better than anything you can find in a store! So give it a try. It’s one of our favorite at-home adventures!
Have you ever brewed beer?