Obama first to brew beer in White House

President Barack Obama, all politics aside, is a trail blazer.

President Obama has been known to drink a beer while campaigning or during high-profile meetings.

President Obama has been known to drink a beer while campaigning or during high-profile meetings.

Not only has he read every Harry Potter book, but he is the first president to have beer brewed in the White House.

The blog Obama Foodorama reported this week that the 44th president served homemade  ”White House Honey Ale” at a Super Bowl party in January. The beer was brewed in the White House.

The honey came from Michelle Obama’s garden beehive, another White House first. About 100 12-ounce bottles were served and all were gone by the end of the party.

The Foodorama article says Obama is the first president since George Washington to homebrew beer, and since Washington never lived in the White House, Obama (or his chef) is the first to stew up a hoppy concoction at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The White House will release the recipe after a few tweaks.

The 39th president, Georgia’s Jimmy Carter, who has a library within walking distance of Manuel’s Tavern, signed the bill into law that removed the federal restriction of home brewing.

Obama is a renowned drinker of beer at high profile meetings. We need to send that man a case of Atlanta-made SweetWater, seeing the leader of the free world drink foreign-owned Budweiser is damaging to our national psyche.

26 comments Add your comment

Justin

March 4th, 2011
3:37 pm

They actually sent him a case of the Georgia Brown Ale for the beer summit he had with that cop. I believe he sent them a thank you note for the gesture.

Taylor

March 4th, 2011
3:51 pm

That is killer! Glad to know he loves the brew!

Tax Payer

March 4th, 2011
4:30 pm

Tax money hard at work

just me

March 4th, 2011
4:50 pm

@ Tax Payer

When I get my check, my boss doesn’t get to tell me how to spend it. As a tax payer, you don’t get to decide how he spends his salary either. Unless you know for sure that this is provided by ACTUAL tax dollars and not his own money, stuff it.

Ga Dawg

March 4th, 2011
8:35 pm

I wonder how much the hive, the culttivations, the harvesting, the expertise, the manufacturing and all the rest of the hoopla has set the AMERICAN people back this time. I just want to throw up. From spending spree jaunts across the pond to our very own WH Microbrewery! I just love where this is going, don’t you?!

Ga Dawg

March 4th, 2011
8:35 pm

oops – cultivations

@SomeWhackJob

March 4th, 2011
8:59 pm

Each bottle of White House Honey Ale comes with it’s own hidden Certificate of Birth.

rooster

March 4th, 2011
9:15 pm

Food and beverages for the personal use of the first family are not paid for with public money. Even if the president serves drinks to visiting memebrs of congress, it’s on the president’s personal dime.

@SomeWhackJob

March 4th, 2011
9:22 pm

President Obama promises American People the Alcohol content of White House Honey Ale will not go above 8%.

KevinM

March 5th, 2011
5:29 am

“rooster

March 4th, 2011
9:15 pm
Food and beverages for the personal use of the first family are not paid for with public money. Even if the president serves drinks to visiting memebrs of congress, it’s on the president’s personal dime.”

Of course not, wink! No one should question such a generous man.

Roswell Brew

March 5th, 2011
11:42 am

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Brigid

March 5th, 2011
11:42 am

@Ga Dawg
Yes! I do like where Obama is taking this…Drink American Brew! Way too many people are drinking foreign owned beers, sending the profits over seas with each bottle of Bud, Heineken and Corona.

Carling

March 5th, 2011
4:58 pm

“…but he is the first president to have beer brewed in the White House.”

Atlanta old timers remember Black Label beer, brewed right here but now long gone. Possible name for Pres. BHO’s home brew.

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CR

March 6th, 2011
10:06 pm

So sick of how everyone finds these cutsie articles “enlightning”. I would imagine that if it were George Bush, the story would have been about outrage, waste of time, and would have probably made fun of how his beer tasted.

DBSF

March 8th, 2011
5:22 pm

@ CR
If it were George Bush the story would be about how he ran it through the horse twice…

Cvl

March 8th, 2011
5:53 pm

chuckle chuckle at DBSF…I dont know if I can top that.

Its not an enlightening article, but you have to be amazingly tight arsed to not think its cool that the POTUS can brew his own honey beer. Our last administration couldnt discharge a hunting rifle without taking out someone with a headshot. Yes America, things are looking up.

Relax Old Man

March 8th, 2011
6:47 pm

As a former homebrewer, I have to say this is just cool. And if you have posted some tired comment about how this is supposedly another example of the government wasting your tax money, then you are no doubtedly as ignorant to the workings of the federal budget as you are lame to hang out with.

BBro

March 9th, 2011
6:37 am

Maybe it will help in making better decisions :-)

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Brewzer

March 10th, 2011
11:40 am

The president himself is not brewing the beer. The White House culinary staff is.
The expertise required to brew beer? THE ABILITY TO READ AND FOLLOW A RECIPE
Tax payer time wasted? 0.
Delicious home brewed beer consumed and enjoyed? absolutely.
go back to your foreign owned bud lights…

CHIPSHIRLEY.COM

March 10th, 2011
12:37 pm

I won’t be happy until we have the FIRST PRESIDENT TO GROW HIS OWN WEED IN THE WHITE HOUSE!

Gm

March 10th, 2011
3:31 pm

Greatest President ever, young, fun, family man, down to earth, to bad most whites can not get passed his skin color

J-J

March 11th, 2011
9:04 am

If the prez wants to drink beer–who cares, that is a grown man

Betty

March 11th, 2011
9:41 am

We need to look @ all the money the Bush boys wasted and the mess they have put this country in. Look @ what our now president is trying to clean up. The man do get a salery although some of you folks don’t think he should. He has a life outside of his title.

RoseK

March 16th, 2011
8:44 pm

As American as the flag. I love the home brew spirit.