White House releases its beer recipe

The White House has released the recipes for its home-brewed beer, "White House Honey Ale," and "White House Honey Porter." whitehouse.gov

(CBS News) Responding to a petition boasting 12,000+ signatures and Freedom of Information Act requests, the Obama administration on Saturday released some previously-undisclosed, in-demand information: The White House beer recipe.

In a pun-laden blog post on the White House website, White House assistant chef and senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives Sam Kass laid out instructions for brewing the "White House Honey Ale," and the "White House Honey Porter," apparently "the first alcohol brewed or distilled on the White House grounds."

"Inspired by home brewers from across the country, last year President Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen," Kass wrote in the post. "After the few first drafts we landed on some great recipes that came from a local brew shop. We received some tips from a couple of home brewers who work in the White House who helped us amend it and make it our own.

"To be honest, we were surprised that the beer turned out so well since none of us had brewed beer before," Kass wrote.

The White House also released a behind-the-scenes video explaining the White House brewing process. (You can watch that video by clicking on the player, above left).

Last month, the president revealed that not only does the White House brew its own beer - it also keeps a stock of it on the campaign bus.

Since then, requests for the recipe have been made via the White House petition site, "We the people," through FOIA requests, and in a Reddit question-and-answer session.

"It will be out soon! I can tell from firsthand experience, it is tasty," the president said, when asked about the recipe on Reddit.

Today, as the president campaigned in Iowa, the administration made good on the promise.

See the official recipes, below:

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