White House Unveils Beer Recipes [VIDEO]

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Not everyone can be President of the United States, but now you can drink like one.

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The White House released its beer recipes Saturday, just days after a Reddit user made the request during President Obama's "Ask Me Anything."

The POTUS' official residence unveiled recipes for its "Honey Ale" and "Honey Porter" in a blog post partly entitled "Ale to the Chief."

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"With public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz, we decided we better hop right to it," writes Sam Kass, White House assistant chef and senior policy advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives.

Online demand for the recipes stemmed from a popular petition on We the People, an official government website for submitting petitions to the president. Created on Aug. 18, "Release the recipe for the Honey Ale home brewed at the White House" garnered more than 12,000 signatures.

The Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on White House grounds, Kass writes. Previously, Thomas Jefferson made wine, and George Washington brewed beer and distilled whiskey at his Mount Vernon home in Virginia.

Inspired by home brewers from across the United States, Obama bought a home-brewing kit for the kitchen, Kass continues. After some experimentation, staff created the Honey Brown Ale, followed by the Honey Porter. They debuted a Honey Blonde this past summer. All are brewed with honey tapped from the first-ever bee hive on the South Lawn of the White House.

The White House also offers a behind-the-scenes look at its brewing process in the YouTube video, above.

Check out the White House beer recipes below, and tell us what you think in the comments. Will you try them out?

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