If you want to taste the White House's fabled honey ale without having to make it, the best way would be to position yourself along President Barack Obama's campaign route, as the president is apparently handing it out to would-be voters on the trail. The last few weeks of fervor over the release of the recipe, which the White House finally divulged on Saturday, apparently convinced the chief that there's a demand for his brew. Today's lucky recipients, according to the pool report from the Obama campaign by The Washington Post's David Nakamura, were some firefighters he visited after his campaign speech in Norfolk, Virginia who got a mixed case with honey ale, honey porter, and regular ale. Despite the beer hype, it appears that not everyone is aware that the White House is D.C.'s latest microbrewery. Per the pool report:
At 2:10 p.m. the pool made an OTR stop at the Norfolk Fire State No. 14, where POTUS got out and spoke to three fire fighters dressed in dark blue and their battalion chief in a white polo shirt. They spoke near the back of a fire truck. POTUS shook hands and then told the men about the White House beer. He picked up a bottle of it. “The White House has been brewing it’s own beer. Have you heard about this?” The men did not appear to have heard.
POTUS told them he had a whole case of the beer to give them. One of the firefighters, presumably on duty, asked: “Should we wait until tomorrow to drink it?”
“I don’t want to get you into trouble with the chief,” POTUS responded.
For now, it sounds like having the president personally delivering a bottle of his brew might be the easiest way to get a taste. Washington City Paper canvased some other local breweries and all but one sounded distinctly ambivalent about brewing the recipe themselves. The one enthusiast, DC Brau, is still hemming and hawing about actually starting production. DCP's Jessica Sidman writes: "DC Brau co-founder Brandon Skall says he would love to brew the beer, but he wants to get the official nod of approval from the White House first. He says he's actually been trying to contact them for over a year about brewing it—with no response."
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