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Ale to the chief: White House releases beer recipe

By Matthew Daly

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:50 a.m. HST, Sep 01, 2012

WASHINGTON >> Beer lovers, the secret is out.

The White House has made public the recipe for two homemade beers that have become an object of fascination for beer drinkers everywhere.

White House Honey Brown Ale, believed to be the first beer brewed on the White House grounds, includes light malt extract, amber crystal malt, honey, gypsum, yeast and corn sugar. if public.

The recipe was released Saturday while President Barack Obama was campaigning in Iowa.

Obama has been talking about the White House brew for weeks, but he and other officials had refused to disclose details of how it's made, despite an online petition and repeated questions from reporters. Obama even took a question on the beer recipe during a chat with the website Reddit.

Obama and his team frequently talk about the president's fondness for beer, and Obama has been photographed many times downing a beer, including an appearance at the Iowa State Fair last month.

Being identified as a beer drinker is an easy way for Obama to connect with votes and serves as a not-so-subtle reminder that his Republican rival Mitt Romney, a Mormon, doesn't drink.

Obama even held a "beer summit" after a white police sergeant arrested black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates as he tried to get into his own home.

White House press secretary Jay Carney announced the beer recipe on Twitter, linking to a blog post entitled "Ale to the Chief" that included a video the brewing process — http://tinyurl.com/97tucgz

"With public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz, we decided we better hop right to it" and release the recipe, wrote White House assistant chef Sam Kass, who brews the beer in the White House kitchen.

The White House included recipes for both the Honey Ale and a honey porter, both of which are brewed at the White House.

In the video, Kass is seen drinking one of the White House beers.

"That is one incredible beer if I do say so myself," Kass says, smiling. "America I wish everybody could taste this but we don't quite brew enough."

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false wrote:
And the good news is this PR stunt only cost 4.3 Million.
on September 1,2012 | 11:18AM
false wrote:
And the Best news is that our Debt wnt up another 5 Billion dollars that day. President empty chair.
on September 1,2012 | 11:33AM
Timo wrote:
Jeeezzz....fanning media [not excluding Star Advertiser] goes for the President's jugular with their hard-pressed and persistent questions. For a beer recipe? What's really cool is Obama will be able to go & market his 'White House Brew' full time in about 2 months. Get Him Out of OUR HOUSE!
on September 1,2012 | 03:48PM
false wrote:
Remember Jimmy Carter and Billy Beer.
on September 1,2012 | 07:44PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Right On! All you Obama haters need to chill out! Obama is a man of the people. He understands what people feel. The Presidency is not an easy job and he is trying what he and his expert advisers can do in spite of the hostile Congress (House in particular). Most Presidents before him were a bunch a stuffed shirt elitists - they never related to the masses.
on September 2,2012 | 12:33PM
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