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Obama The Home Brewer

By: Tom Rotunno
Senior Editor

While Bud Light has captured a lot of public attention as President Obama’s beer of choice, it’s not that he doesn’t like craft beer. In fact, while many of the early Presidents were home brewers, President Obama is believed to be the first President to brew his own beer while in the White House.

The President and First Lady paid for a home-brewing kit with their own money and have brewed three beers, White House Honey Ale, White House Honey Blonde Ale and White House Honey Porter. Why all the honey? It’s taken from the first-ever beehive kept on the White House lawn.

Official White House home brews have been served at the President’s 2012 Super Bowl party, on St. Patrick’s Day and when Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer asked to have a beer with the President last year.

Ries sees presidential home brewing as a smart political move.

“What’s more American than brewing your own beer? It makes for a great story and great PR,” says Ries. “Plus when (Obama) brews his own beer at the White House, he doesn’t have to make a brand choice.”

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