|POTUS with a mug of his homebrewed beer|
UPDATE, March 7: The Prime Minister gets his prize
Washington, DC - President Barack Obama will be handing over two cases of his special homebrewed beer, White House Honey Ale, to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper after losing a Twitter bet over the outcomes of hockey games played by the US and Canada men's and women's teams at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The White House chefs are the first in more than two centuries of history to brew beer at 1600 Penn, and Mr. Obama's bet with Mr. Harper is his first known wager with a fellow world leader that includes the very special beer. The in-house brewing operation began in 2011, and the beer is bottled in 12-ounce brown glass longnecks.
|White House Honey Ale|
"Like I said, #teamusa is good but #wearewinter. @BarackObama, I look forward to my two cases of beer. #CANvsUSA #Sochi2014," Harper tweeted.
Busy with an Oval Office meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other business, Mr. Obama offered Mr. Harper no response on Twitter. The US men will take on Finland for the bronze.
On Thursday, Mr. Harper was exultant after the US women suffered their heartbreaking defeat, losing 3-2 to Canada in overtime, which led to tears during the medal ceremony. In the midst of traveling home from a Mexico summit where he and Mr. Obama had "agreed to disagree" about which nation has the better hockey team, Mr. Harper hadn't even seen the women's game when he took to Twitter to gloat just hours after making his wager.
"I look forward to watching the game later and @barackobama, I look forward to my case of beer. #Sochi2014 #WeAreWinter @HC_Women," Harper tweeted.
The Canadian women struck gold for the fourth Olympics in a row--which is every time that women's hockey has been part of the winter line-up.
|The label for the White House Honey Ale|
As he ran for re-election in 2012, the President traveled with cases of his homebrew on his special armored bus, known as Ground Force One. He gifted it to some lucky firemen in Virginia and to one lucky prospective voter during a stump swing through Iowa, Brad Magerkurth--a beer representative. Magerkurth later auctioned off his single bottle, snagging $1,200 which he donated to a Minnesota hospital.
The White House released the recipes for two of the homebrews in 2012 after overwhelming public demand that included a petition on the White House's "We the People" petition site.
Mr. Obama has a history of losing Olympic beer bets to Mr. Harper. In 2010 during the Vancouver winter games, the President had to hand over a case of Molson beer to the Prime Minister after Team Canada won the men's gold medal in overtime. Their press secretaries also bet on the women's game, and Mr. Obama's then-spokesman Robert Gibbs had to wear a Team Canada jersey to his daily briefing when he lost the wager to his counterpart, then-spokesman Dimitri Soudas. Beer was also handed over.
|POTUS swaps beer with Cameron after their World Cup bet ended in a draw|
Like I said, #teamusa is good but #wearewinter. @BarackObama, I look forward to my two cases of beer. #CANvsUSA #Sochi2014
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) February 21, 2014
I'm betting @barackobama one case of Canadian beer per hockey game this week. #teamusa is good, but #WeAreWinter. #GoCanadaGo @WhiteHouse
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) February 20, 2014
.@pmharper and I bet on the women's and men's US-Canada hockey games. Winner gets a case of beer for each game. #GoTeamUSA! -bo
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 20, 2014
Photos by Pete Souza/White House