A President You Can Have a Homebrew Beer With

During the American Revolution, home brewing beer and spirits was considered an act of patriotism, because it reduced demand for imported alcoholic beverages from Europe. America’s first president, George Washington, was an avid home brewer who built a small whiskey distillery at Mount Vernon and authored the following beer recipe, a favorite among history loving homebrewers:

Take a large siffer full of bran hops to your taste-boil these 3 hours. Then strain our 30 gallon into a cooler put in 3 gallon molasses while the beer is scalding hot or rather draw the molasses into the cooler. Strain the beer on it while boiling hot, let this stand till it is little more than blood warm. Then put in a quart of yeast if the weather is very cold cover it over with a blanket let it work in the cask – Leave the bung open till it is almost done working – Bottle it that day week it was brewed.

Before he became a revolutionary leader, Founding Father Samuel Adams (President John Adams’s cousin) was a maltster, who produced malt for use in brewing beer. And Thomas Jefferson, author of The Declaration of Independence, brewed ale at home at Monticello. 

Now President Obama is following in the Founding Fathers’ footsteps, serving White House guests home brew made right the White House kitchen. One batch served during the White House Super Bowl party, called White House Honey Ale, was made with honey from the beehive in the First Lady’s White House Kitchen Garden.

Assistant White House chef Sam Kass has reportedly even mentioned the possibility of growing hops in the White House garden, which would give White House Ale even better locavore credentials.

(For those worried about the expense of this presidential homebrewing experiment to taxpayers, fret not — the President and First Lady are said to have purchased the beer brewing equipment themselves.)

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Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Dave C.
David C8 years ago

Fun...I hope the chefs at the White House enjoy this opportunity and I am glad to see the local garden being used.

PJ McNeill
Philip Jordan8 years ago

But the history of cannabis/hemp/marijuana is much more interesting, and goes back further!

You can educate yourself about this by visiting www.jackherer.com and clicking on "The Book".

Valerie G.
Valerie G8 years ago

Like the brief lesson history!
Thank you Jaelithe.

PJ McNeill
Philip Jordan8 years ago

Yes, you already thanked her, Sue.
Now, got anything valid to contribute?

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson8 years ago

thanks for the post.

PJ McNeill
Philip Jordan8 years ago

George Washington also urged people to make the most of the Hemp plant, and to sow it everywhere.

Now, you will go to prison, and have your life destroyed for doing such a thing, unless you are lucky enough to be a medicinal user living in one of 15 states to have voted to allow medical marijuana use, and as long as the federal government leaves you alone.

In Britain, where our alcohol epidemic causes 50,000 deaths a year, and younger and younger children are turning up in hospitals with serious alcohol damage, medicinal cannabis users are not so lucky: for growing a plant that has never caused even one death, in order to acquire the only medicine that makes their lives bearable, seriously ill people risk a prison sentence of upto 14 years.

So, when you're sitting on your porch drinking your presidentially-approved home-made brain damage, spare a thought for those millions of people around the world who are persecuted for wanting to use the most valuable plant provided by Nature, and ask yourself why our governments allow manufacturers to push deadly drugs like alcohol and tobacco, yet forbid a benign plant that has 25,000 industrial uses, could help prevent soil erosion (thus preventing floods) and could feed the world's starving.

And a whole lot more.


Lika S.
Lika P8 years ago

Cool. Going back to our roots. Anyway, I think anyone interested should be able to have a taste of this stuff. I wonder if President Obama makes a good draft beer?

Sumit jamadar
Sumit jamadar8 years ago


Muriel Young
Muriel Y8 years ago

Let the guy make beer, if he wants. We all need a creative outlet and if this is one of his, I say go for it