The top-secret recipe remains off-limits for microbrewing enthusiasts...
UPDATE: Carney promises recipe if WH petition gets enough signatures
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today offered some sad news for America's homebrewing community: Don't expect a recipe for any of the White House homebrewed beers to be released any time soon. That, despite a petition on the White House's 'We the People' petition site calling for President Obama to release the recipe for one of the brews, and one crafty beer-lover's creative effort to file a Freedom of Information Act request for details about the top-secret creation. (Above: The house-made bottle label for the WH Honey Ale)
"I’m not aware of any plans at this time to divulge the secret recipes," Carney said today during the daily press briefing.
To date, the White House chefs have made three known kinds of the homebrew: The first was White House Honey Ale, and there's also been White House Honey Blonde Ale and White House Honey Porter. All have used honey from the very productive beehive that sits beside First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden. The microbrewing project has been making global headlines since March of 2011, when Obama Foodorama first reported that the President and First Lady's talented chefs are the first in history to homebrew at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; here's the post that set off the mania.
When asked about the FOIA request--which is just a cute showpiece anyway, since the White House is exempt from such requests--Carney today went into stand-up comedy mode.
"I’ll have to take the question--examine it, taste it," Carney joked.
The news on August 14th that President Obama is toting homebrew aboard Ground Force One re-ignited interest in the subject. Assistant Chef Sam Kass (l) has previously told this reporter that he is not one of the homebewing chefs--it's been billed as a "group effort" by East Wing aides. But Kass, a beer-lover like his boss, IS responsible for stocking the President's tour bus with the brew. That nugget of news was recently offered to this reporter by a White House staffer. Kass has enthusiastically described the White House Honey Porter as "unbelievably good."
Though the FOIA request (here on Reddit) and the White House beer petition have been making national headlines this week, the petition is still very low on signatures. It had 3,836 signatures as of this writing, but needs a total of 25,000 by September 17th to be rewarded with a response. “In keeping with the brewing traditions of the founding fathers, homebrewers across America call on the Obama administration to release the recipe for the White House home brew so that it may be enjoyed by all," reads the petition.
Even if enough signatures are gathered, the response will not necessarily include a recipe, though the petition demands the recipe for White House Honey Ale.
President Obama first publicly served White House Honey Ale for his 2011 Super Bowl party. In September of 2011, he served the White House Honey Blonde Ale to Medal of Honor awardee Dakota Meyer on the eve of his ceremony. 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. (Above: The Commander in Chief & Meyer toast)
As a final note, some media outlets (like this one) are reporting that Presidential homebrew was served during one of the White House St. Patrick's Day events, but that is NOT true.
Click here for all posts about the White House homebrewed beer.
*Top and last photo by Pete Souza/White House; Kass photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama