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White House Releases Home Brew Recipes

We covered the White House’s home brew activities a while ago, but one enterprising home brewer decided to take things to the next level, and use the White House’s online petition site We The People to ask for the recipe, which can be requested through the Freedom of Information Act.

In response, the White House not only published their recipe for the White House Honey Brown Ale and the White House Honey Porter, but they made a video to give you a behind the scenes look at the brewing process:

According to research done by the President’s staff, this is the first time beer has been brewed on the White House premises. George Washington brewed beer and distilled whiskey at Mount Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson made wine, but now beer has its time to shine.

The recipe calls for honey tapped from the first ever bee-hive on the South Lawn of the White House, so it’s going to be tough to make an exact duplicate, but everything else seems pretty straight forward, so it shouldn’t be tough to make a beer that’s nearly identical to one brewed by the President.

White House Honey Ale Recipe

White House Honey Porter Recipe

Brooklyn BrewShop Beer Making Book

Beer Making Book

If you’re looking to get into the hobby of homebrewing with a book that will walk you through the process from beginning to end, then check out the Beer Making Book from the Brooklyn BrewShop.

The book contains:

  • 52 Seasonal Beer Recipes, Including 4 Gluten-Free Recipes
  • Illustrated Step-by-Step Brewing and Bottling Instructions and Equipment Guide
  • 1 and 5 Gallon Variations for Any Kitchen
  • PLUS: Cooking with Beer, Food Pairings, How to Grow Hops, and More

The recipes are arranged according to the season, including Everyday IPA and Rose Cheeked & Blonde for spring; Grapefruit Honey Ale and S’More Beer for summer; Apple Crisp Ale and Peanut Butter Porter for fall; Chestnut Brown ale and Gingerbread Ale for winter.

According to the Brooklyn BrewShop, this book is for experienced and novice brewers, seasonally minded home cooks, DIY aficionados, and anyone who gets a kick out of saying “I made this!”, so if you find yourself in one of those categories, then maybe it’s time to give the Brew Making Book a shot.

[Brooklyn BrewShop – Beer Making Book]

Ale Sangaree Makes Warm Beer Enjoyable

It’s common knowledge that beers are best served cold, but back in the day, drinks like the “Bishop” (a pitcher of beer mulled with a clove-studded orange) the “Crabapple Lambswool” (beer mixed with sherry and a handful of apples) and even a warm, spiced beer with a pat of butter on top kept beer drinkers warm through the cold winter months.

Nowadays, brewers target the winter beer drinker by releasing special brews that are flavored with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, but these hearty variations are still intended to be enjoyed cold, and won’t do much to warm a cold body.

To find out if there are any modern beer drinks that involve warm beer and actually taste good, William Bostwick at BonAppetit.com tested out a few recipes. After trying (and being disappointed by) mulled beer (Anchor Porter simmered with sliced lemon, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom) and what’s called a ‘flip’ (mugs of beer boiled on the spot with a white-hot iron poker) he stumbled upon a drink that he actually liked: a flip variation called ‘ale sangaree’.

Ale Sangaree

To make an ale sangaree, just dissolve a spoonful of bar sugar in a little hot water in a mug, fill the mug with ale, grate nutmeg over the top and serve.

According to William,

It was delicious. The nutmeg added a sweet, cidery tingle; the warm porter, sugared and watered down, was soothing and rich, not bitter at all. A perfect winter drink, and easy to make with cold fingers.

Sounds good to me!

Next time you’re feeling the winter chill set it, maybe it’s time to give the ale sangaree a try…

[Bon Appetit – Ale Sangaree]

Coney Island Opens World’s Smallest Brewery

Coney Island Brewery

On August 10, San Francisco-based Schmaltz Brewing Company opened up the World’s Smallest Commercial Production Brewery on Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY, legitimizing their Coney Island line of beers, and turning the act of brewing into a sideshow of sorts.

Coney Island’s recipes, which are inspired by “the local artistic and gastronomical landscape” of the area, include a Pumpernickel Bagel Porter; a Red, White, and Blueberry Hefeweizen; a Korndog Kolsch; and a Caramel Apple Ale.

The brewery will crank out beers three at a time in two gallon batches, and guests are invited to watch the beer making process in action (as well as buy t-shirts, beer, and other Coney Island swag).

If you’re in the area, I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon!

[Coney Island Brewing Company]