A White House Brewery? White House Honey Ale

Feb 7, 2011 5:00pm

From Sunlen Miller Amid the cheeseburgers, pizza, and buffalo wings on yesterday’s White House menu for their annual Super Bowl Sunday party  was a surprising choice of beer: White House Honey Ale. Listed along with Hinterland Pale Ale & Amber Ale from Wisconsin and Yuengling Lager and Light from Pennsylvania was Honey Ale…from the White House. The First Lady’s office confirms that the White House chefs made one batch of beer using about a pound of honey from the First Lady’s honey hive, on the South Lawn of the White House. The chefs used the traditional methods to brew the beer, and the First Lady’s office confirms that the Obamas paid for the equipment. The batch was made so that the nearly 200 Super Bowl guests – from members of Congress to celebrities like J-Lo — could sample the new beer. In a picture provided by the White House the beer even has its own logo: a picture of the White House highlighted on a maroon background circled in yellow which reads, “White House Honey Ale: brewed with White House honey.” White House honey has regularly made appearances on White House menus and events – just not in the beer form. At last month’s state dinner with Chinese President Hu Jintao honey from the garden was used for part of the meal. And Mrs. Obama has also given the harvested honey from the White House hive as gifts. At the G-20 meetings in Pittsburgh the First Lady gave the visiting spouses a wooden box including two jars of White House honey. PHOTO: A bottle of White House Honey Ale beer is in the Green Room of the White House, Feb. 6, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) -Sunlen Miller

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