Ale To The Chief – White House Honey Beer

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Reprinted from the White House Blog

Inspired by home brewers from across the country, last year President Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen. 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. To be honest, we were surprised that the beer turned out so well since none of us had brewed beer before.

As far as we know the White House Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on the 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…)

Since our first batch of White House Honey Brown Ale, we’ve added the Honey Porter and have gone even further to add a Honey Blonde this past summer. Like many home brewers who add secret ingredients to make their beer unique, all of our brews have honey that we tapped from the first ever bee-hive on the South Lawn. The honey gives the beer a rich aroma and a nice finish but it doesn’t sweeten it.

If you want a behind the scenes look at our home-brewing process, this video offers some proof.

So without any further ado, America – this one’s for you:


11 thoughts on “Ale To The Chief – White House Honey Beer

  1. jmgoyder says:

    Did I hear beer? Yeeha!

  2. Ogee says:

    Send immediately to both the White House and Congress. When all else fails…teamwork through beer brewing :-)

  3. Emily Heath says:

    Ooh would love to try this. Ealing beekeeping association are having our Christmas party next weekend, lots of mead and beer will be drunk I’m sure!

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  5. She did have a Brilliant idea to say the least! Get into the dirt,plant and grow for the meals, add flowers and bees such a sweet idea, we all actually know how to do……. though I would prefer to go there and have a BEER in Our Nations Capital

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