Ever since Barack Obama revealed that he commissioned the White House kitchen to create a homebrewed beer for the White House, beer enthusiasts have been going nuts wondering what the recipe is, even going as far as setting up an online petition. Now, the White House has responded and released its recipe for presidential Honey Ale and Honey Porter beer.
Obama and his beer team posted the recipe online on Saturday as a direct response to the requests from beer lovers to experience the Honey Porter and Honey Ale for themselves.
Check out the recipes and a special promotional video below.
According to White House assistant chef Sam Kass, there's a very good chance that this is the very first alcoholic beverage ever made at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
"As far as we know the White House Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on the White House grounds," Kass wrote. "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...)"
One thing that really sets Obama's beer apart from mass produced beers like Bud Light is its special incredient, honey made on the White House's South Lawn. Obama also installed the first beehives at the White House, and he and his chefs utilize that honey in the brewing process.
"The honey gives the beer a rich aroma and a nice finish but it doesn't sweeten it," Kass wrote.
The White House has only released the recipe for the beer and has no plans to market it across the country. This is strictly a homebewing project for Obama. But releasing the recipe allows other homebrewers across the United States to emulate the President's beer.
At the same time, there's nothing stopping a small craft brewery from using the recipe for their own Obama-inspired brew.
And if you're interested in a more historical take on what presidents drink to unwind, check out George Washington's vintage recipe for porter beer, written in his notebook kept in the New York Public Library.
Watch a demonstration on how to brew the presidential beer below.