Tomorrow we get try the White House Honey Porter, a presidential brew made especially for us by GoodLife Brewing Company. We got a hold of the White House's original recipe and passed it on to GoodLife—kind of as an experiment to see if Obama's chefs knew what they were doing when it came to brewing beer. Turns out, they do.
Here's an excerpt from our story on the process:
Last week, we sat down with Jeff Schauland, GoodLife's lead specialty brewer, to taste the beer and find out how the brewing process went.
Did the White House chefs know what they were doing?
"Absolutely," said Schauland, who noted that he did take some "artistic liberties" during the brewing process. Schauland used all grains rather than the 3.3 pounds of malt extract called for in the original recipe. He also opted for GoodLife's house yeast rather than the prescribed Nottingham yeast, a packaged yeast that Schauland said is quite dry and can yield uncertain results.
Additionally, the White House recipe called for 1-pound of White House honey—harvested from the beehive on the White House's South Lawn. Schauland obviously had to make do with other honey, which was a first for him.
"I'd never brewed with honey so it actually made me do some research, which was good," Schauland said.
Schauland's homework paid off. When we tried the beer, which was lighter in color than most nearly black porters, it was obvious Schauland had nailed it. He smiled after our first taste, clearly pleased with the result.
And he should be. The Honey Porter, was not, despite the name, overly sweet. It tasted more like a brown ale. Schauland noted that while such older-style beers may be out of fashion, Crux Fermentation Project made a similar brown and it was great. Schauland pegged this beer at 30-ish IBUs and said it was between 6 and 6.5 percent.
Come out and drink like they do at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. We'll have live music by Wilderness, $3 pints (while the beer lasts) and toasts to the 44th president of the United States of America. See y'all there.