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White House releases its honey ale and porter recipes

Sam Kass
Sam Kass

In response to an online petition, White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass today released the recipes for two beers being brewed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter.

"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 in a blog. "To be honest, we were surprised that the beer turned out so well since none of us had brewed beer before."

Kass, who also serves as senior policy adviser for healthy food initiatives, reported that President Barack Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen last year, and chefs got some help from a local brew shop and some home brewers who work at the White House.

Home brewers trying out the recipes will have to substitute one ingredient that makes the beers special to the White House.

"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," Kass said.

More than 12,000 people signed an online “We the People” petition on the White House website, asking for the release the beer recipe. The petition was started by John Lutz, a 24-year-old employee of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Obama Foodorama has reported.