When former Marine Sergeant Dakota Meyer traveled to the White House last week to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, he made one request: to share a beer with the president. The food blog Obama Foodorama reports that the beer was homebrewed by White House chefs with equipment the Obamas purchased for about $200 of their own money.
The beer President Obama shared with the war hero? White House Honey Ale, brewed with honey harvested from beehives in the presidential garden.
White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass is named as a leader of the homebrew project. He sought advice from Dogfish Head brew master Sam Calagione and Chicago brewery Goose Island's head brewer Greg Hall for working with honey, an ingredient that presents some challenges to ferment with consistent results. Hall's feedback? “Today I tried Sam Kass' Honey Blonde and Honey Porter homebrews in the White House kitchen, showed the WH honey very nicely, bravo Sam.”
Very few guests have been invited to drink the White House beers. When can we try some? Unless there's a Presidential Medal of Freedom for food blogging we're unaware of, the answer is never. We'll hold on to that “hope and change” thing and write a full report if we ever get invited.