Tuesday, August 14, 2012

President Obama Travels With White House Homebrewed Beer Aboard Ground Force One

The Obamas' chefs are the first to homebrew at the White House, and the President takes the special beer on the road...
UPDATE, Sept 1, 2012: WH releases two beer recipes
President Obama is such a fan of the White House chefs' homebrewed beer that he's carrying a special payload of the stuff tucked away on his fancy black bus as he rolls through Iowa on his three-day tour. On Tuesday morning, during a "surprise" stop at the Coffee Connection in Knoxville, the President gifted a local man with a bottle of the very special brew. It's made at the White House by the Obamas' chefs, the first to ever do so in the history of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, as first reported by Obama Foodorama. (Above: A detail of the label for the White House Honey Ale)

While greeting patrons outside the coffee shop, the President was asked about the White House homebrew by a man in the crowd, a campaign aide said. After the President described the beer, the fellow requested a bottle.

The President "sent out to Ground Force One and gave him one," the aide said. UPDATE: The lucky recipient dishes on his gift.

The White House chefs have made at least three different kinds of the special brew to date, but the kind the President presented to the lucky Iowan was not specified. White House aides also declined to specify how often the President travels with his own homemade beer. His last campaign trip on the bus was in early July, through Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Mr. Obama during the beery meet n' greet also wrote a note for a woman who was late to work, but the guy who got the Presidential homebrew had the better prize.

The White House chefs started crafting the homebrew in 2011, using honey from the beehive that sits beside First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden. The President and Mrs. Obama purchased homebrewing equipment with their own funds, and the chefs first made White House Honey Ale for the President's 2011 Super Bowl party. They later expanded their repertoire to include White House Honey Blonde Ale and White House Honey Porter.

The Porter, according to assistant chef Sam Kass, is "unbelievably good."

The President served the White House Honey Blonde Ale to Medal of Honor awardee Dakota Meyer on the eve of his ceremony in September of 2011. They quaffed it seated on the patio in the Rose Garden. The beer bash was at the request of former Marine Sergeant Meyer, who was 23 at the time.

The White House has not released any recipes for the special brews.

Budweiser at the Iowa State Fair...
The President had a different kind of beer on Monday night as he visited the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines: Budweiser. Standing in the Bud Tent, the President bought some of the locals a round, too, after they chanted 'Four More Beers! Four More Beers!' (Above: The President in the Bud Tent at the Iowa State Fair)

As for how the President's busy bus trip is going: He's "having a great time," according to aides.

"He's in a great mood, he loves being out on the road," Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday.

"He's having a great time, has met countless people," added Traveling Press Secretary Jen Psaki, noting that Iowas "is where the journey began for him and for the First Lady." She said that spending three days "allows us to go from one side of the state to the other."

The President has official stops scheduled for Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, and Waterloo, Iowa today, and in between there will be more "surprise" stops. He continues the trip on Wednesday, joined by Mrs. Obama. (Above: Ground Force One parked in Council Bluffs, Iowa)

CLICK HERE for all posts about the bus tour, including transcripts of the President's remarks.

*White House beer photos by Pete Souza/White House; third by AP/pool; fourth by Obama for America/Iowa