Cocktails & Spirits

President Obama Brews Beer and Buys a Round at the Fair

When choosing the next president of the United States, one has to weigh many issues. There's the economy, health care, beer appreciation...

President Barack Obama, for instance, likes his beer so much that he's brewing and bottling his own private-label stash at the White House.

For more than a year, we've heard buzz about White House Honey Ale, but White House spokesman Jay Carney finally gave the official word on the brew after President Obama gave a bottle of the ale to a lucky coffee-shop patron in Iowa on a recent campaign stop.

"There is a home brew, if you will, at the White House," Carney said.


According to the Chicago Tribune,

the beer is brewed at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. using honey from the White House garden and comes in both a dark

and light variety.

So how does this presidential beer taste? "I think I've only tried the light, and it's quite

refreshing," Carney said.

Further details about the ale weren't available. "I

have exhausted my knowledge about this subject. Usually, when

someone hands me a beer I don't ask how it was made; I just

drink it," the White House spokesman acknowledged.

Our beercentric president proved his love for the brew by chugging some Budweiser at the Iowa State Fair this week. Seems the president turned down a smoothie and a cinnamon bun, opting for a pork chop on a stick and a cold brewski.

When fairgoers started chanting "Four more beers," the president took some bills out of his wallet to buy a round for a lucky ten people. How did the beer taste? "Cold and delicious," according to our country's leader.




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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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