White House Homebrew!

This just makes sense to me. From Anchor Brewing Company all the way to the White House, the microbrew movement is in full swing. On August 14th, Barack Obama confirmed that a small beer brewery has been added to the White House. Small batches of brew are created at this new facility for special occasions, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a steady flow of ridiculously good beer flowing through our nation’s capital. One such beer, the “White House Honey Ale” comes in both light and dark varieties, and is made with honey from the White House garden. At the moment there are no reviews on this ale, but I’d be more than willing to offer my services 🙂 Beer and American presidents have a history that goes all the way back to George Washington. In fact, Washington’s recipe was published not too long ago. This 30 gallon recipe calls for molasses instead of malted barley as the primary sugar. This technique was consistent with some English style Porters during that time period. Here are the recipes for the White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter if you are interested in brewing them yourselves. Looks like they are keeping the bittering hops a “secret.” It’s a partial mash recipe that looks pretty straight forward. Let me know if you make any!

New Day Meadery Tasting at Great Fermentations Friday

Great Fermentations will be hosting Friday Night Club this weekend with guests from New Day Meadery. New Day Meadery is family owned meadery run by Brett Canaday and Tia Agnew. Their honey wine is made from locally sourced fruit and honey. There will be a guided mead tasting at this event via New Day Meaders, but home mead makers are encouraged to bring in samples of their own tasty creations as well. Homebrewers and winemakers are also welcome. The event will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Great Fermentations. If you happen to miss this event, New Day Meadery also has a tasting room located in Fountain Square.