From Iowa State Fair to Cedar Falls Pump Haus to White House Homebrew: People Want Answers About Obama's Beer

During Obama's recent trip to Iowa, it became clear the president is a fan of suds. Now people want to know more.

Obamacare, job creation, foreign policy. Sure, we can spend the next few months bickering about those issues, but will we ever reach consensus?

Not likely.

So, how about beer? Now there's a topic we can all agree on. Right?

After his trip to Iowa, it seems like President Barack Obama doesn't mind turning attention in that direction. If nothing else, it became clear, the president likes his brews.

Obama sucked down a cup of suds during his brief stop at the Iowa State Fair, which he proudly mentioned time and again afterward. The , he made a special stop at the in Cedar Falls. His flavor? Apparently Bud Light. (No accounting for tastes - why not try one of our homebrews next time you're in town, maybe a Toppling Goliath, Millstream or Peacetree?)

But, it doesn't stop there.

Obama has plugged Goose Island, a tasty microbrew from his hometown of Chicago, and there are pictures of the president sucking down the most famous of dark beers - a Guinness stout - during a trip to Ireland last year.

That's more like it.

Now, here's where the demand for answers really start.

The White House stocks some in-house homebrew, at Obama's urging and which he takes with on his road trips. They call it White House Honey Ale.

People are so curious about this beer, an online petition has been started, demanding to know the secret recipe of the honey ale. Starting an online petition is an option on the White House website.

Iowa Public Radio has a report on this, as well.

Thus far, 1,395 people have signed the petition out of 25,000 needed by Sept. 17. You can sign the petition here.

Here's the text of the petition:

We petition the Obama Administration to:

Release the recipe for the Honey Ale home brewed at the White House.

Following in the footsteps of great men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, Barack Obama has reportedly been enjoying the rewards of home brewed beer. Recent reports from news outlets like the Washington Post (August 15th, 2012) have stated that Obama has been drinking a White House home brew Honey Ale while on the campaign trail.

In keeping with the brewing traditions of the founding fathers, homebrewers across America call on the Obama Administration to release the recipe for the White House home brew so that it may be enjoyed by all.

"I think it’s time for beer” -Franklin D. Roosevelt (March 12, 1933)

Sure, beer isn't going to lead to a balanced budget, but it is more fun to talk about.


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