Sunday, February 06, 2011

The White House Honey Ale...And The Menu For The Obama Super Bowl Party

UPDATE, March 1: The Obamas' chefs are the first to ever homebrew at the White House: Read here
Here's a photo of a bottle of the special home-made microbrew White House Honey Ale that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama served tonight during their annual Super Bowl party...

Brewed with one pound of honey from this year's 160-pound harvest from the White House Bee Hive, the Ale was made by an unnamed White House chef who is a home-brewing enthusiast. The President, First Lady, and their guests sampled the special suds for the first time this evening. The label on the bottle reads "Brewed With White House Honey."

To go with the Ale, the Obamas served a menu that highlighted regional favorites from both Packer and Steeler countries--er, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania:

*Bratwurst
*Kielbasa
*Cheeseburgers
*Deep Dish Pizza
*Buffalo Wings
*German Potato Salad
*Twice Baked Potatoes
*Snyders Potato Chips and Pretzels
*Chips and Dips
*Salad
*Ice Cream

Suds from Packer country were also on offer: The White House ordered three cases of craft beer from Hinterland Brewery of Green Bay, Wisconsin right after the NFC championship, the brewmasters announced this week. Pale Ale, Hinterland's signature beer; Amber Ale, which has a caramel flavor; and Luna Stout, which is bold, rich, and creamy, were quaffed. Pennsylvania was represented by Pottsville's Yuengling beer, according to a White House aide. Both Lager and Light were served. Yuengling bills itself as the oldest brewery in America.

The Obamas paid for the micro-brewing equipment, so there's no impact on the national debt. More craft beer for the White House? Maybe. About 200 guests were invited to the party, including Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, a smattering of Cabinet Secretaries and lawmakers; the guest list is here.

*Photo by Pete Souza/White House