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Ale To the Chief: White House Releases Beer Recipe

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the all-the-white-house-recipes-should-be-online dept.

Beer 340

wiredmikey writes "Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and the Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives, after much buzz, today released the recipe for White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter, two brews made right on site at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. According to Kass, the White House Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on the White House grounds, as far as they know. "George Washington brewed beer and distilled whiskey at Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson made wine but there's no evidence that any beer has been brewed in the White House. (Although we do know there was some drinking during prohibition)," Kass wrote in a blog post. The recipe can be found here along with a short video 'Inside The White House Beer Brewing' which shows the brewing in process. Your tax dollars hard at work yet again!"

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MMMMMMMMM (4, Interesting)

bobstreo (1320787) | about 2 years ago | (#41202367)

Taste the freedom

Re:MMMMMMMMM (5, Funny)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41203027)

Yeah, let's see the White House hydroponic set up in the grow room. Nothing but the best kind for these guys

Re:MMMMMMMMM (1)

slick7 (1703596) | about 2 years ago | (#41203081)

Taste the freedom

But first, I want verifiable pedigrees for each ingredient, right Sheriff?

Re:MMMMMMMMM (1)

djfake (977121) | about 2 years ago | (#41203259)

Taste the votes

Just don't ask about Gitmo (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202369)

Just don't ask about Gitmo, and the pull out from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Re:Just don't ask about Gitmo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202541)

Just don't ask about Gitmo

Are they brewing beer at Gitmo as well? (is waterboarding just "soaking the malts"?)

Re:Just don't ask about Gitmo (5, Informative)

Shining Celebi (853093) | about 2 years ago | (#41202553)

Obama promised a surge into Afghanistan. He promised an eventual pullout from Iraq, and it looks like he's following through - on Bush's schedule.

Congress shut down Obama's attempts to close Gitmo and forbade him from using any federal funds to do just about anything with it. While I wish he'd tried harder, he did attempt it. I'd be more concerned about the continued NSA wiretapping.

The President is not a dictator. People tend to radically overestimate how much the President can really do.

And yes, the same is true for Bush. Bush couldn't have gone to war without Congress. He couldn't have passed the Patriot Act without Congress. He couldn't have passed No Child Left Behind without Congress. He couldn't have racked up massive deficits without Congress. Heck, even today, virtually our entire deficit (that comes from government policy and not the recession) comes from the Bush tax cuts Congress (including Paul Ryan) passed and the wars.

Re:Just don't ask about Gitmo (4, Informative)

Shining Celebi (853093) | about 2 years ago | (#41202573)

Dang Slashdot without an edit button. I meant to include this link:
http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/US-Economy/PublishingImages/20120229_EssentialEcon9.jpg [treasury.gov]

It shows the sources of the current budget deficits. Keep in mind Paul Ryan, famed serious "fiscal conservative," voted for every single thing in green.

Re:Just don't ask about Gitmo (5, Insightful)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41202575)

Oh, give it a rest. You've been reciting the same Obama-bashing crap over and over for 4 years now, we've all heard it a dozen times. This conversation is about beer.

Re:Just don't ask about Gitmo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203097)

Congress shut down Obama's attempts to close Gitmo

No, they most certainly did not. The states with federal high security prisons refused to accept prisoner transfers from Gitmo because of the security concerns involved with those particular political prisoners.

Re:Just don't ask about Gitmo (0)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | about 2 years ago | (#41203125)

Congress shut down Obama's attempts to close Gitmo and forbade him from using any federal funds to do just about anything with it. While I wish he'd tried harder, he did attempt it. I'd be more concerned about the continued NSA wiretapping.

The President is not a dictator. People tend to radically overestimate how much the President can really do.

He could sit on his hands and not approve any legislation until it was shut down. Perhaps he would get overridden from time to time, but it would send a clear message.

Re:Just don't ask about Gitmo (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203359)

And what happens when the economy keeps getting worse? Or another bridge falls down? It's hard enough to convince the stupid half of the country to do the right thing, but handing ammunition with which to scare them to the opposition is hardly a recipe for success.

Tax dollars? Not so much (5, Informative)

ultraexactzz (546422) | about 2 years ago | (#41202391)

According to the blog post, Pres. Obama bought the equipment himself, and the staff works on it in their spare time. Now, the video and the blog are taxpayer funded, so there's that. But after seeing that recipe - totally worth it.

Re:Tax dollars? Not so much (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202633)

Now, the video and the blog are taxpayer funded, so there's that.

Ho ho ho, we've got him now.
Impeach!

Re:Tax dollars? Not so much (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202835)

Besides, you either dislike the fact that the whitehouse has a chef or not. Whether they're brewing beer or making iced tea is kind of irrelevant, right?

Re:Tax dollars? Not so much (5, Insightful)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about 2 years ago | (#41202891)

I'd rather my tax dollars went to beer breweing anyway. It's either that or some military money pit facade.

Also don't worry too much about it (4, Informative)

aliquis (678370) | about 2 years ago | (#41203041)

Swedish Vin & Sprit was also built with tax money.

It served us good but was sold in 2008 to Pernod Ricard (for 55 billion SEK = 8.31 billion USD with todays exchange rate, actually Wikipedia says 5.6 billion euro so I guess the SEK value was someones conversion.)

Their most well known brand is/was likely Absolut.

Re:Tax dollars? Not so much (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203215)

Video, blog, property, potential liability, water, electricity... The list goes on. I have no personal beef here, but I can certainly understand how someone could think it's not "totally worth it" for taxpayer dollars to be spent making beer.

This is a nice change (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202393)

...compared to the recipe for bullshit we got from the last crew that lived at the White House.

tax dollars are not involved (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202395)

The brewing equipment and expenses were paid for by the Obamas personally. The same for all White House meals (I mean the POTUS family's personal consumption, I don't know about state dinners and such): their cost is paid from the POTUS salary. The POTUS is paid pretty well by most people's standards so s/he can afford it.

See: Reuters [reuters.com] , "Taxpayers are not footing the bill for the beer, as both the cost of the equipment and the cost of brewing the beer is paid for by the Obamas personally, the official said."

Re:tax dollars are not involved (4, Insightful)

TemperedAlchemist (2045966) | about 2 years ago | (#41202423)

Guy literally has the most stressful job on the planet.

I think we should at least pay for his dinners.

Re:tax dollars are not involved (5, Funny)

Rootkit (2355170) | about 2 years ago | (#41202447)

Nice try Obama.

Re:tax dollars are not involved (4, Informative)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41202603)

Actually, the first family only pays the grocery bills. Taxpayers cover the cost of preparing the food.

Re:tax dollars are not involved (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203005)

Get real. Talk to someone who's working 2.5 jobs making next to nothing just to keep fed and a roof over their head. In comparison Berry hasn't seen stress.

Your tax dollars hard at work yet again! (3, Insightful)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41202403)

Yeah, well, compared to the wars, prohibition, TSA, etc., it's money well spent.

Hey! (4, Funny)

rsilvergun (571051) | about 2 years ago | (#41202407)

This would be a great time for the two candidates to sit down over a beer and talk... oh. Wait. He's a Morman. Oh well. I guess he can drink weak tea. Wait. Sorry. Can't have that either. Caffeine. I guess there's always caffeine free diet Pepsi.

Re:Hey! (4, Informative)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41202669)

Actually, the Mormon Word of Wisdom only forbids specific stimulating and intoxicating beverages, not alcohol or caffeine as such. Official LDS doctrine uniformly condemns alcohol, but they don't get uptight about the odd caffeinated cola.

Beside the point. Regardless of beverage, Romney can't be seen to treat Obama as anything other than Satan Incarnate. Notice how all the speeches at the recent convention were about how uncool BO is;

Indeed, the whole GOP brand is about condemning liberalism in any shape or form. Nancy Pelosi is evil. Harry Reid is evil. Liberals hate America. That's been their whole brand for the last decade or so.

This is a bad thing. Democracy only works when nominal enemies look past their differences and come up with solutions both sides can live with. If we don't outgrow this holier-than-thou crap soon, we're in big trouble.

Re:Hey! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203113)

Oh, spare us. After eight years of liberals calling Bush every name in the book and inventing a few new ones too, you have the gall to blame Republicans for condemning liberalism? Who do you think you're trying to fool, besides yourself?

Re:Hey! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203319)

Are you trying to illustrate the parent’s point?

Re:Hey! (4, Insightful)

ClickOnThis (137803) | about 2 years ago | (#41203375)

Oh, spare us. After eight years of liberals calling Bush every name in the book and inventing a few new ones too, you have the gall to blame Republicans for condemning liberalism? Who do you think you're trying to fool, besides yourself?

False equivalence. [wikipedia.org] Bush didn't have people demanding to see his birth certificate, and then denying its legitimacy once they saw it. Bush didn't have a congress whose Democratic members vowed to make him a one-term president by any means necessary. Bush didn't have a senate whose Democratic members filibustered more (by a huge factor) than any other senate in history. Bush didn't inherit a financial crisis created by his predecessor (quite the opposite in fact.) I could go on but what's the point.

Re:Hey! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203405)

Obama didn't inherit shit. He asked for the chance to do the task just like anyone else who applies for a job. He made a promise that if he couldn't do the job by his own metric that he wouldn't seek re-election. The man is a fucking liar. Love him or hate him, those are the facts.

Re:Hey! (0)

bwen (675669) | about 2 years ago | (#41203409)

Bush was constantly demonized by the media. The Dems did everything they could to win the presidency except put forth an interesting alternative (Kerry?) How about the Dems passing Obamacare without any Republicans and against popular opinion? Even Clinton admitted that he passed on the tech bubble- it was a crisis that was created during the Clinton years. That's the point.

Re:Hey! (4, Informative)

Kagato (116051) | about 2 years ago | (#41203195)

I'm going to have to disagree with that one. A bunch of old mainframe guys I know worked for Control Data Corporation in the 80s. One of their big customers was the LDS for their massive genealogy project. Most of them spent a good deal of time at LDS offices in SLC, where they clearly recall having to sneak caffeinated coke from the local 7-11 inside a thermos.

I'm not an expert on what their holy book says or doesn't say, I can only say that LDS managers back then got bent out of shape over caffeine.

No caffeine at BYU (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203395)

Gotta go off campus several blocks to the 7-11/Circle K. Significant disciplinary offense to get caught bringing it on campus.

Re:Hey! (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 2 years ago | (#41202717)

I guess there's always caffeine free diet Pepsi.

With a twist of money.

Future Job (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202415)

At least now we know the incumbent [wikipedia.org] won't be after work come 2013.

Some people like to brew beer as a hoby, so what? (5, Interesting)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | about 2 years ago | (#41202433)

For those who bitch about this, if the president spent his money collecting stamps or collecting guitars I doubt you would you beat him up over it. But maybe you would: Oh sure he does or doesn't do XYZ, but he buys a Fender amp? You're evil Mr President; what a scumbag. Forget about it. So brewing beer, good for him. There are many people in America who like to brew their own beer. There's nothing wrong with it and nothing wrong with the president doing it on his own time either.

Re:Some people like to brew beer as a hoby, so wha (5, Funny)

Greyfox (87712) | about 2 years ago | (#41202691)

If I were President, I would collect dildos. I would collect them, and I would leave them in random places around the White House. But... That's why I'm where I'm at and Obama's where he's at. I'm sure collecting dildos never even occurred to him. I suppose I could ask him. He's in town tomorrow, fucking up my airspace. That's not code for anything, I literally can't fly until he leaves. So I have some time to kill.

Good beer, though, that's something we can all agree on. Well except Mitt Romney. Mormons aren't allowed to have beer. Or coffee. How you're supposed to go about having 5 wives without coffee is beyond me. I'm pretty sure you can't get through 4 years of a presidency without dropping the F bomb at least a couple times, as well, so good luck with that, Mormon-boy. Maybe collecting dildos and leaving them in random places around the White House would help.

Re:Some people like to brew beer as a hoby, so wha (4, Funny)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41202761)

Somehow I don't think you're ever going to be President.

Re:Some people like to brew beer as a hoby, so wha (5, Funny)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41202711)

... if the president spent his money collecting stamps or collecting guitars I doubt you would you beat him up over it.

Are you kidding? This President has been condemned as "elitist" for his choice of condiments [mediamatters.org] .

Re:Some people like to brew beer as a hoby, so wha (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203047)

There's nothing wrong with it and nothing wrong with the president doing it on his own time either.

He is a public official no matter where he goes. He doesn't have "his own time" when he is representing himself in a public way.
He has no reasonable expectation of privacy when he is advocating his hobby publicly.

Re:Some people like to brew beer as a hoby, so wha (1)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | about 2 years ago | (#41203285)

:) I hope you tell people right up front down at the DMV or any other place you need to get government workers to help you that they have no expectation of having time to themselves since they work for the government/public. Is that what you are saying? As for not expecting privacy when he says something publicly... what? Was there a point there?

Re:Some people like to brew beer as a hoby, so wha (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203299)

Being a public official as a representative is a full-time job.
Governors, Mayors, senators, cabinet members should be held to a higher standard.

Even when he is out of office when his time his up, he will always be 'Mr. President'.

As far as hobbies go (3, Interesting)

Dyinobal (1427207) | about 2 years ago | (#41202451)

As far as hobbies go this one is pretty cool and even a bit nerdy. I've always wanted to brew my own beer, or make my own tequila and I don't even drink.

Re:As far as hobbies go (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202651)

Go for it!

I'm a former IT nerd turned nerdy brewer via homebrewing. The very basics are easy: you dump sugar into water, raise it to a boil, add hops, continue boiling for an hour, chill, dump the sugar water (wort) into a sanitized bucket, add yeast, wait a couple weeks, bottle with a small amount of sugar (for fizz)

And things go from there.

Some yeast strains work best below room temp, some at, some above (i.e., temperature control).

If you move to using base ingredients (malted grains) instead of sugars, you'll need more gadgets (malt mill, pump, thermometer, etc).

You can add or subtract flavours by using different yeast strains (usually phenols and esters), which moves into yeast culturing (chemistry and biology).

FWIW, all in, I can do something like Obama's beer in 3 hours. And in 2 or 3 weeks, be drinking something pretty decent.

And if I can make good beer, anyone can.

Re:As far as hobbies go (2)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41202739)

Well yeah. This dude is pretty much the most nerdy POTUS ever. When he was a kid, he collected Spider-Man comic books. When he first met Leonard Nimoy, he gave him a Vulcan salute. Nerd, nerd, nerd.

FINALLY, Slashdot! (4, Insightful)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 2 years ago | (#41202465)

We like to complain about which stories get posted, and which don't... butI think we can all agree - this qualifies as stuff that matters.

spOn6e (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202473)

Free beer as in free beer (4, Funny)

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) | about 2 years ago | (#41202481)

> Your tax dollars hard at work yet again!"

If they are going to serve beer in the Whitehouse it's much cheaper to brew it themselves then to buy it. About 30 cents for a 750 mil bottle holding the equivalent of two cans. They also don't have to pay the extortionate government sales tax on alcohol. Hey hang on...

http://taxfoundation.org:81/article/state-sales-gasoline-cigarette-and-alcohol-tax-rates-state-2000-2010 [taxfoundation.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homebrewing [wikipedia.org]

Beer & Wine Are Just Fine... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202519)

If home-made beer and wine are just fine in this day and age, why does distilling your own whiskey for your own use get you time in the federal prison system? I just want my "Awesome-Swill-From-Dawsonville" party-liquor each New Years without worrying about the BATFE...

Re:Beer & Wine Are Just Fine... (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | about 2 years ago | (#41203121)

I've yet to seen a case of blindness caused by home brewed mead.

Re:Beer & Wine Are Just Fine... (1)

demonlapin (527802) | about 2 years ago | (#41203213)

You have to trust your supplier. Same as any other illegal intoxicant.

Re:Beer & Wine Are Just Fine... (2)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | about 2 years ago | (#41203233)

I trust people with licenses.

I'm just funny that way.

Re:Beer & Wine Are Just Fine... (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | about 2 years ago | (#41203253)

I might be a bit hypocritical about...the...other...illegal substances...you know *wink wink* *toke toke*

Then again I'm to much of a pussy to buy it myself.

A nation with a hard pecker for zombies (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202551)

Memorable quotes for
Looker (1981)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082677/quotes [imdb.com]

"John Reston: Television can control public opinion more effectively than armies of secret police, because television is entirely voluntary. The American government forces our children to attend school, but nobody forces them to watch T.V. Americans of all ages *submit* to television. Television is the American ideal. Persuasion without coercion. Nobody makes us watch. Who could have predicted that a *free* people would voluntarily spend one fifth of their lives sitting in front of a *box* with pictures? Fifteen years sitting in prison is punishment. But 15 years sitting in front of a television set is entertainment. And the average American now spends more than one and a half years of his life just watching television commercials. Fifty minutes, every day of his life, watching commercials. Now, that's power."

##

"The United States has it's own propaganda, but it's very effective because people don't realize that it's propaganda. And it's subtle, but it's actually a much stronger propaganda machine than the Nazis had but it's funded in a different way. With the Nazis it was funded by the government, but in the United States, it's funded by corporations and corporations they only want things to happen that will make people want to buy stuff. So whatever that is, then that is considered okay and good, but that doesn't necessarily mean it really serves people's thinking - it can stupify and make not very good things happen."
- Crispin Glover: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000417/bio [imdb.com]

##

"It's only logical to assume that conspiracies are everywhere, because that's what people do. They conspire. If you can't get the message, get the man." - Mel Gibson (from an interview)

##

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." - William Casey, CIA Director

##

"The real reason for the official secrecy, in most instances, is not to keep the opposition (the CIA's euphemistic term for the enemy) from knowing what is going on; the enemy usually does know. The basic reason for governmental secrecy is to keep you, the American public, from knowing - for you, too, are considered the opposition, or enemy - so that you cannot interfere. When the public does not know what the government or the CIA is doing, it cannot voice its approval or disapproval of their actions. In fact, they can even lie to your about what they are doing or have done, and you will not know it. As for the second advantage, despite frequent suggestion that the CIA is a rogue elephant, the truth is that the agency functions at the direction of and in response to the office of the president. All of its major clandestine operations are carried out with the direct approval of or on direct orders from the White House. The CIA is a secret tool of the president - every president. And every president since Truman has lied to the American people in order to protect the agency. When lies have failed, it has been the duty of the CIA to take the blame for the president, thus protecting him. This is known in the business as "plausible denial." The CIA, functioning as a secret instrument of the U.S. government and the presidency, has long misused and abused history and continues to do so."
- Victor Marchetti, Propaganda and Disinformation: How the CIA Manufactures History

##

George Carlin:

"The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they're an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They've got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They've got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else.

But I'll tell you what they don't want. They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them. That's against their interests. They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago.

You know what they want? Obedient workers people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And, now, they're coming for your Social Security. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They'll get it. They'll get it all, sooner or later, because they own this fucking place. It's a big club, and you ain't in it. You and I are not in the big club.

This country is finished."

##

We now return you Americans to your media: Corporate, Government sponsored and controlled (rigged) elections..

Most of you are all so asleep it's time you woke up!

Yep, its election time (0, Troll)

nurb432 (527695) | about 2 years ago | (#41202563)

"Look at me, i drink beer just like joe sixpack. Vote for me"

disgusting pandering.

Almost human (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202595)

Almost like human. Nice try, Mr. alien overlord.

Re:Almost human (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#41202809)

Not as alien as the Kolob dude

Re:Yep, its election time (4, Insightful)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about 2 years ago | (#41202613)

you are missing the point.

it seems he's calling indirect attention to the mormon guy who is running as his opponent.

how many people can relate to those who are 100.0% against alcohol drinking?

seems a smart move on obama's part. and I kind of agree: I don't trust anyone who takes a prohibitionist view on what most of us think is perfectly fine behavior!

Re:Yep, its election time (1)

AmazingRuss (555076) | about 2 years ago | (#41203175)

The prohibition I can handle, but a guy that wears magic underpants in control of the world's largest nuclear arsenal give me the heeb jeebs.

Re:Yep, its election time (3, Insightful)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 2 years ago | (#41203243)

how many people can relate to those who are 100.0% against alcohol drinking?

Man, they believe Jesus visited the Americas, and when they die they'll get to (literally) fucking populate a planet (if they're the chosen ones)... And not drinking beer is the "weird" part? Uhm. I would have point out the Christians believe in Sky Wizards and Magic Zombies, but the Mormons do too. Mormon = Xenu + Jesus (where you get to be Xenu). For the record, I'm not picking on Mormans or other religious folk. I take all religions as seriously as any other; Take Greek Mythology for example: Where's the candidate for Athena? Aphrodite? Ah, Now there's a candidate I could really get behind.

Re:Yep, its election time (2, Insightful)

Type44Q (1233630) | about 2 years ago | (#41202865)

"Look at me, i drink beer just like joe sixpack. Vote for me"

disgusting pandering.

Close. The two elections before last were "Look at me, I'm an ignorant fool just like joe-bob sixpack. Vote for me"

This time it's "Look at me, I'm enjoy a good microbrewed ale like any normal, thinking person would. Vote for me"

Re:Yep, its election time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202869)

That's the point - Mr. Morman wouldn't be able to drink beer.

Re:Yep, its election time (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202889)

"Look at me, i drink beer just like joe sixpack. Vote for me"

disgusting pandering.

Or how about: look at this elitist, he thinks Budweiser's not good enough for him!

Or if he hadn't published the recipe: what's the big secret? Must be a cover-up. Maybe he brought the recipe from Kenya!

Of course, if he didn't brew beer and did buy Budweiser, that would be even more blatant pandering!

And if he didn't buy *or* brew beer, he's some kind of sanctimonious elitist who think's he's too good to drink beer like the rest of us.

I'm sure I missed a few.

Roll your own! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202895)

Joe Sixpack isn't brewing their own beer.

I think it's a great message to put out there, especially in economic times like these: "Make your own stuff!" - don't rely on prefabricated products by corporations whose main goal is to maximise profit via incessant ads and vendor lock-in (walled gardens, terminator genes, etc.), not product quality. And making your own beer is actually doable by most people (unlike making your own smartphone OS or life crops).

Re:Yep, its election time (3, Interesting)

epiphani (254981) | about 2 years ago | (#41202899)

Seriously? Dood can't brew beer in his spare time without it being politically motivated?

Timing might be politically motivated for releasing the recipe, but I highly doubt the beer is.

Re:Yep, its election time (3, Insightful)

Revotron (1115029) | about 2 years ago | (#41203223)

"i'm a hip cool new President. I use Blackberries and Twitter and Reddit and I brew my own beer. I'm just like all you young impressionable voters. Hey, look, we're open-sourcing the White House website! Open source is cool, right? Hey, who wants some free stuff? Young people like free stuff, right? How about healthcare? You guys don't understand any of it so have some for free. Naw, I promise, it's just as good as the other stuff. And nevermind who's paying, you guys don't make enough yet to worry about that..."

Still waiting for President Obama to show up to a convention wearing Converses and empty Rayban frames while he gives a speech ironically.

Reddit the other night (2)

Riddler Sensei (979333) | about 2 years ago | (#41202583)

Is this as per Obama's response to his Reddit appearance [reddit.com] the other night?

Fishing for Tweets and Likes? (3, Interesting)

aNonnyMouseCowered (2693969) | about 2 years ago | (#41202675)

Where there are no burning issues at hand, human interest stories are a good tactic to keep a candidate in the news or at least in Twitterverse. Expect to learn more trivial, but harmless stuff like these "brewed" by the campaign strategists who work behind the scenes.

Somehow this only convinces me that come November a new occupant will fill that hopefully not empty Chair at the Oval Office.

Amazing (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202685)

Amazing what the government is able to accomplish now that they've got the budget balanced and a job for everyone that so desires.

Beginner recipie (3, Informative)

trout007 (975317) | about 2 years ago | (#41202703)

All of the extract and pellets make this a real beginners brew. They should really step up to all grain brewing. Much better flavor.

Re:Beginner recipie (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203271)

I agree about the extract portion of your comment, but there is no difference in brew quality when using whole leaf hops vs. the pellet hops. Hell, most of the major breweries use pellets because you tend to get better utilization.

Re:Beginner recipie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203295)

I agree that all-grain is great and all, but without the right equipment for sparging (which I doubt most home cooks possess), it's a pain in the ass. These are recipes designed more for consistency, speed, and ease; if the homebrewer already knows how to do all-grain, they can probably improve upon the recipe easily.

I'll admit, however, that I'd use actual hops instead of pellets, and bloom or "start" the ale yeast before pitching (I don't know if ale yeast is safely pitched dry)-- or, just use liquid yeast.

What I would love to see is a crowd-sourcing of this: Put up a page where people can submit improvements and variations on the WH recipes, or even suggestions to the WH staff on improvements based on their honey. Heck, I'd suggest they try mead next.

Re:Beginner recipie (1)

trout007 (975317) | about 2 years ago | (#41203401)

I've use some real basic equipment to do all grain brews. Just a 5 gallon water cooler and hot water PVC pipe. I put the grain in the cooler and add hot 170 F water to end up with a 155 F mash. Let it sit for an hour or so then drain off the wort until it isn't cloudy. Then put the cloudy wort back though the grains to filter. Then sparge with 150 F water.

Your don't professional extraction but grain is pretty cheap and the flavor is great.

Tip for the Chefs (1)

ZipR (584654) | about 2 years ago | (#41202707)

Switch to kegging it ASAP. Bottling, as you probably already know, is the worst part. It's surprising that they do it 5 gallons at a time, just like a typical homebrewer. Don't they serve it at official functions?

Re:Tip for the Chefs (1)

johnny cashed (590023) | about 2 years ago | (#41203169)

It's hard to take home a keg as a momento. I'm pretty sure the bottles will be well kept long after the beer was consumed. That is probably why it is bottled.

Free as in ... (2)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | about 2 years ago | (#41202767)

At least this ought to help BHO understand the difference of Free as in Beer.

where's the american ingredients? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202881)

Perusing the ingredients:
Munich (germany) malt
Hallertauer (again, germany) hops
Kent Golding (UK) hops
Fuggles (UK) hops
Nottingham and Windsor dry yeasts are from Danstar (Canada) and mimic UK strains

I'm surprised they didn't make something with west coast hops & some of the liquid yeasts. The US keepst fantastic yeast banks at White Labs (California/Colorado) and Wyeast (Oregon).

Stop! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202911)

When will these leaks stop!

Why isn't he being arrested? (1)

HellYeahAutomaton (815542) | about 2 years ago | (#41202913)

For all of the incidents with busts of raw milk and lemonade sales http://www.naturalnews.com/035397_Ventura_county_raw_milk_rampage.html [naturalnews.com]

Why can't he be arrested under the laws too? Brewing in a building held in the public trust...
Next thing you know they will be brewing in courtrooms, libraries, and public schools.

Think of the children!

Re:Why isn't he being arrested? (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | about 2 years ago | (#41203145)

OH LOOK! Natural news!

Fighting the lies of Louis Pasteur and his milk profits!

Hop & Change! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41202957)

I've been using this slogan to simplify the Presidential race for friends for a couple weeks now, before reading about the White House beer:

Obama will have a beer with you. Romney won't. Drink beer, vote Obama.

Romney Can't Drink Beer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203001)

Romney, like his mentor George W. Bush, can't drink beer.

I can't believe more people don't find that disturbing.

No all grain? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203011)

I'm very surprised they're only making extract beers on the premises. I figured for the President, they'd be cranking out all kinds of all-grain recipes.

Thank you Jimmy Carter (5, Informative)

shuz (706678) | about 2 years ago | (#41203021)

The leetist and best president ever!

Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, signed the bill, H.R. 1337, into law in October 1978 legalizing home brewing [wikipedia.org] . Bill 1337, can't make this stuff up folks. :-)

Re:Thank you Jimmy Carter (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | about 2 years ago | (#41203267)

j1/\/\/\/\'/ (4R73R 15 b357 pR351D3|\|7 'j00!

Romney Can't Drink Beer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203031)

Romney, like Bush, can't drink beer.

An extract recipe? (1)

gatkinso (15975) | about 2 years ago | (#41203061)

How very noob.

how radical is that? (4, Funny)

slick7 (1703596) | about 2 years ago | (#41203103)

Alcohol drinking Muslims. Is that true radicalism or an oxymoron?

Re:how radical is that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203191)

Alcohol drinking Muslims. Is that true radicalism or an oxymoron?

Or rather... is the parent poster a moron!?!

Re:how radical is that? (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | about 2 years ago | (#41203315)

I've met plenty of Muslims who pray 5 times a day and then go out drinking at night.
Some of them actually felt bad about their hypocrisy. /the conspiracy minded would probably argue that Obama is drinking alcohol in order to trick the American people

Now, if we can just get .... (2, Insightful)

WindBourne (631190) | about 2 years ago | (#41203123)

romney to release his tax forms. Then we can find out who is patriotic and who is not.

Fluff (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203189)

And in other 'News' Mr. Obama greeted a group of returning army veterans from Afghanistan. Mr. Obama assured them that, 'you too' will participate in the USA economy. What Mr. Obama failed to tell them is that their participation would be to add their numbers to the 23 million unemployed, Mr. Obama's most favored demographic that he is desperate to increase as he is assured to the re-errected in November.

What is white house honey? (1)

gargeug (1712454) | about 2 years ago | (#41203217)

The recipe is pretty straight forward, but what is white house honey? It looks like it is 1 lb of actual honey based on the fact you add it at the end. But is it just normal honey, or is there some special twist that makes it 'white house honey'? Do they have a bunch of bees in the attic?

Really? (2)

Shavano (2541114) | about 2 years ago | (#41203221)

Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and the Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives, after much buzz, today released the recipe for White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter...

I see what you did there.

Beer is good food! (2)

kimanaw (795600) | about 2 years ago | (#41203341)

Massive doses of B vitamins, purified water (you know fish breed in that stuff ?), yeast hulls, and reduced stress levels.

Alas, as a Libertarian, Mssr. Obama's socialist leanings disallow me from voting for him, but I applaud his choice of quality beverage. Perhaps a good pint of Pliney, or a Firestone Parabola, or Black Butte XXIV, will clear his mind. I'd be happy to volunteer a pint of my excellent Saison or Belgian Quad if it will end America's perpetual war on "whoever we're trying to kill at the moment:"

(Have no fear, I have no such delusions that Mssr. Romney will be swayed by a friendly magic pint - mores the pity...)

Loads of positive comments here (1)

poity (465672) | about 2 years ago | (#41203367)

Very unexpected for a typically pessimistic crowd. Definitely bookmarking this thread for comparison when a Republican President posts his putting tips or something. I'll bet /. would pounce on that, but you never know... you guys have surprised me before.

Keep your eyes on my right hand... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41203417)

...while my left hand robs you blind.

Nice redirection attempt, Mr. POTUS.
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