The White House Honey Ale was not the first time the White House chefs have homebrewed. You don't serve your very first fermentation experiment to special visitors, do you? ...But Super Bowl Sunday was the first time there was an announcement about homebrewed beer, because clearly the White House is aware that it's special; the bottle labels for the White House Honey Ale were created in-house, to mark the occasion.Also of note: chef and gardner Sam Kass is considering growing hops in the White House garden. (I recommend Cascade, Sam--you can't beat them for versatility.) Also, White House historians agree: Obama's the first president to fire up the brew kettle there. Anyway, there's no evidence of anyone else having done so. (I wouldn't put it past Harding to have had a still--but a lush like him wouldn't have messed around with beer.)
And the homebrewing is going to continue.
"It is very safe to assume that there will be more White House beer in the future," said Semonti Stephens, a spokesman for the East Wing.
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