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Randy Thieben on Brewing at the White House

Over these last few years, the people have gotten to know Barack Obama as a man who loves his beer. When the White House announced that it has been doing its own brewing for the Commander-in-Chief, requests flooded in asking for the release of its recipes. Beer enthusiasts gathered over 25,000 signatures to get the information released, and happily the White House complied in September 2012.



The recipes are for a Honey Porter and a Honey Brown Ale, both of which use honey harvested from the White House’s hives. As far as can be determined, the Honey Brown Ale is the first alcoholic beverage ever produced on the grounds of the White House. Since the release of the recipes, quick-thinking homebrew purveyors have been selling kits that provide the home brewer with all the tools and ingredients necessary to successfully recreate these two beer recipes.

About the Author: Randy Thieben owns the only full-service satellite uplink van in the Central Coast region of California and, among many other interests, is a home brewer himself.

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