Barack Obama, Brewmaster

The next time Barack Obama holds a Beer Summit, he’ll be able to supply his own beer:

Barack Obama will go down in history as, among other things, the first president to brew his own beer in the White House.

The blog Obama Foodorama reported this week that the president’s Super Bowl party featured a selection called “White House Honey Ale,” brewed right at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The blog said the president and first lady Michelle Obama bought the equipment with their own funds (an aide did not specify when) in advance of serving it at the February gathering.

The “honey” part of the beer comes from Michelle Obama’s garden beehive. The beehive is also a White House first.

Foodorama notes that Obama is the first president since George Washington to homebrew beer, and the very first to offer the brew at the White House. (Washington was a perennial self-brewer, the blog said, but he’s the only president who didn’t live in the White House.)

The blog also provides a picture of the bottle:

Obama apparently isn’t doing the brewing himself, but it is being done on site, which likely will make this something many people will try to get their hands on at some point.

H/T: Allahpundit

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. James Joyner says:

    Isn’t home brewing one of those things White People Like? This is very confusing.

  2. michael reynolds says:

    Oooh, oooh, I want a White House IPA next.

  3. Hunter says:

    Hell, I’m wondering if it’s legal in D.C. or if there’s some Commerce Clause nonsense here as well.

  4. Insert your own Billy Beer joke here.

  5. john personna says:

    I’ve brewed off and on, first as the chem major demographic and then as the software engineer demographic. Though I never went nuts with whole grain and kegerators. I’ve made some good honey beers (and a few bad). Combinations of malt and honey are very old, and have names like braggot, bracket or brackett.

  6. sam says:

    “Insert your own Billy Beer joke here.”

    Barry Beer.

  7. michael reynolds says:

    I find it very strange that a Muslim is brewing beer.

  8. Matt B says:

    I find it very strange that a Muslim is brewing beer.

    Clearly he got special dispensation from the Caliphate to do so.