Nathan Berrong works at CNN's satellite desk and writes Eatocracy's beer column, "Berrong on Beer." He Tweets at @nathanberrong and logs beers at Untappd.
Monday marks the 57th Presidential Inauguration, where President Obama will once again assume the duties as commander in chief. Many people will judge President Obama’s next four years on how well he handles issues like gun control, the economy, education and our involvement in the Middle East. But for me, I’ll be judging his presidency on what the future holds for the next White House beer.
Last year, the White House released recipes for two of its home-brewed beers under the Freedom of Information Act. When the recipes were released, complete with a video showing the brewing process, I learned a very important thing about our President - the man cares about his beer! And, he shares three very important things that all Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent and Green Party craft beer drinkers care about - where the beer is from, how the beer is made and the quality of the beer.
Our country’s presidents have a storied history with beer. George Washington was known to have loved porters and kept them stocked at Mount Vernon. Thomas Jefferson had his own brewing facility in Monticello. James Madison tried unsuccessfully to appoint a Secretary of Beer to his cabinet. FDR signed the 21st Amendment which repealed prohibition. Jimmy Carter signed into law the bill that allowed home brewing. And, Barack Obama is the first known president to have his own beer brewed on White House property.
Under the leadership of President Obama, the White House has produced a total of three beers - a brown ale, blonde ale and a porter, all using honey that is harvested from the first ever beehive on the South Lawn. Obama surely has to be bored with just drinking three different types of beer, right? So, here’s what I want to know - during the next four years what other beers are on the horizon for “The White House Brewery”? What about a honey stout along the lines of Olde Hickory’s Imperial Stout? Or maybe an IPA brewed with honey like Bell’s Hopslam? Or even the popular honey wheat style, similar to Rogue’s Somer Orange Honey Wheat?
While I wait in anticipation for the next White House beer to be announced, below are some red, white and blue brews that are equally as valid:
Green Flash Hop Head RED (pictured)
Allagash WHITE (pictured)
Cascade BLUEberry (pictured)
Diamond Bear Presidential IPA
Independence Pale Ale
RJ Rockers Bald Eagle
Stoudts American Pale
Yards Ales of the Revolution
Avery Ale to the Chief
Nathan Berrong, Quit your fibs. We all know your real name is Nathan Beerbong.
If it ain't Chimay Grande Reserve, it aint beer.
Enjoy it while you can Obama Sharia gonna squash that.
Four more beers! Four more beers!
I've had Green Flash, it's pretty good. I would love to try the White House beer, but I think it would really hard to get.
I would think the white house would have better brews. The ones I have read about sound gross. Where's the American BEER.
So, you are going to judge our president on what beer the White House brews next? Weird
Stoudt's American Pale Ale is a must! It;s from the Lirst lady of craft beers, Carol Stoudt.
Of course, you can't leave out Victory Hop Devil!
I'm not a hop head, but don't forget about Three Floyd's in Indiana.
NOW YOU ARE TALKING! Three floyds is banging beer! panzer wolf is BEER. Real American beer!
... and you will be a hop head soon enough, you might as well give in now. Get to burning your buds in before the rest catch up. Pretty soon you won't be able to get that stuff with out an hour wait in the hipster line.
If hops're your thing, you must love an arrogant bastard.
You've never had a panzer wolf. Tonight's line up includes; crooked tree, white rajah, head hunter, and a oskar blues deviant dales to top off the night.
No Elephant Urine?
No, you have completely cornered the market on that one.
Only beer I heard in these comments worth a drink was the palette wrecker. Get rid of these sticky, sugary, overly sweet, malty messes you guys puss out on, and start drinking real American beer. You people need more hops in your life. Ohio and Michigan are beer central right now. They are taking over the world....bank it.
Drink more beer. You're nanners.
Your a moron. North Carolina is beer central by far. Beer City USA is Asheville NC!
P D X, most brew pubs and strip clubs per capita. I left my heart in Portland, OR.
Bunch of hipsters. Bells is making a killing of you. Good for them. I've lived in Portland, Seattle, Belgium, ... Drank in all 50 states, Canada left to right, Alaska, Mexico ... Best beer in the world is coming out of the midwest USA. They are changing what beer is, and bringing American beer back as the KING OF BEERS. You will all be burning your buds on beautiful north american midwest ipa's in no time.
The Philadelphia region is pretty damn good right now too. Yards, Flying Fish, Victory, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Dogfish Head. Going a little farther away is Weyerbacher and Troegs. Not saying any of those are the best of the best, although Dogfish Head is pretty well regarded, but I think it is a great time for regional brewing.
Dogfish is from Delaware. Victory is passable. The best beer in the world is made in Europe. Saison du Pont, Chimay Cing Cents, La Duchesse du Bourgogne, Duvel, Orval. Best in the US? Brooklyn, Allagash, Ommegang, Sierra Nevada. Come on now.
I would like to nominate Genesee beer for the title of Least Drinkable Fluid Containing Ethyl Alchohol.
Just got back from an extended stay in the Belgium area pursuit. Guess what, they are envious of our "over the top American beers". They are starting to imitate the midwest style ipa's, and Italy is the first in line. They all want our north american hop style brews and will all be imitating us in a matter of years. Chimay is "meh".
ThePursuit, I included Delaware in what I labeled as the Philadelphia region. Dogfish head wins some pretty decent awards and Golden Monkey from Victory isn't bad. My point is more that there are a lot of beer regions in the US that have some really good beer. I love Belgian beer as well, but at least there are some really good beers from the US. Especially Ommengang, although they are owned by Duvel anyway.
I am not a friend of Bill.
Golden Monkey is too heavy with the belgian candy sugar. I like my beers dry. Very dry. No one's mentioned Lagunitas yet. They brew an imperial red that will peel the enamal off your teeth.
I wouldn't write "Your a moron" without spelling it "You're."
That said, it sounds like I need a trip to North Carolina.
I would like to thank President Jimmy Carter for siging the bill allowing us to make our own beer. I've made several batches from kits I've obtained from William's Brewing. Good stuff. I like the craft brew beer from Camp 10 Brewery, near Tahquamenon Falls, Michigan.
Green Flash Brewey's West Coast IPA is my favorite, and their Le Freak is a close 2nd. I think the Prez needs some Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous in his fridge!
They should serve Natural Ice Light. After these next four years, that's all any of us will be able to afford.
how about Arrogant B@st@rd its fitting for the president and its a delicious beer. and for those who dont know, yes its a real beer.
If I were prez I'd serve Arrogant B-st-rd in a heartbeat - because (1) I like the joke, and (2) as you say, it's delicious.
And a bloody good one to.
Well aren't you being Self-Righteous, that's also a good beer.
how about Arrogant Bastard that is a delicious beer and fitting for the president. and for those who dont know, yes its a real beer.
How about some Naked Pig pale ale from Alabama,nice !
Back Forty Beer Company :)
The Green Flash you mentioned is delicious, but you need to add some Colorado Brews in here if you want to keep it real. You need Avery Brewing or Great Divide baby...truth.
new belgium brewery in CO has some good beers
The last beer I suggested...is an Avery beer!
Go San Diego beers! Best in the USA!
From Pa. – had a Ballast Point at the Fish House/Restruant next to the A/C Carrier Midway – wow.
If this were George W. Bush everyone would be calling him an alcoholic. But since it's Barack H. Old Bama, it's ok.
Because George W. Bush was a real boozer in college.
Who wasn't a real boozer in college?
he was an alcoholic
Yes to Green Flash! Outstanding Choice! You must try the Le Freak!
I strongly second that...
Le Freak is amazing....its like a creamier IPA, very potent and a very thick head!
Green Flash! Hop Head Red is nice but don't be afraid to try the Palate Wrecker. That's a serious IPA! They used to have a simple tasting room in Vista but moved to Mira Mesa. Keep up the good work GF.
Other local breweries: Oceanside Ale Works, Aztec, Latitude 33 (old Green Flash location) Iron Fist, Mother Earth, Lost Abby, Pizza Port, Stone, Belching Beaver, Stumble Foot, Rip Current, Prohibition, Back Street, Break Water....... I know I'm forgetting a bunch of them.
San Diego North County, the Napa Valley of Beer.
How about just doing a private inaugaration and saving the 50 million being spent.u talk about debt ceiling and expenses well heres one of them.
That's something like 0.002% of the federal budget for the year IF it was actually funded by the federal government. The inauguration will be paid for with money raised by his inaugural committee, which has raised > $50 milliion
Any money saved is money earned the last time i checked. Also cutting politicians salary by half and eliminating their pensions,along with making them pay theor own health insurance coupled to making them pay for their own travel would save the govt. and tax payers over 500 million dollars in a 4 yr term. So savingsneed to start somewhere and a true leader would start at the top. Tax payers will be paying 7 million for security at this inaugaration. Something that could have been saved if kept private and indoors in the oval office and brodcasted live without a cermenoy outside. Savings is savings no katter how you look at it.my money your money or raised by the committe it ould be put to better use.
Sorry for the typo stuck keys on an ipad, hate it
Thats our Blueberry!! Wahoo!! We couldn't be more excited!! Check out Cascade Brewing Barrel House a list of all the beers we sell. We are honored!!
Back when I was a raging alcoholic I really liked Alaskan IPA. If you like IPA check it out.
Can the public buy some and then the proceeds go towards charity or the national debt?
...."please reduce your hops content" would be more fitting
no Arrogant Bastard? Strange....
Should be "Diamond Bear", out of Arkansas
i too am eager for some more whitehouse homebrewing. coolest pres ever! lol
So THAT'S why Romney wasn't elected – the alcoholic beverage companies wouldn't be able to make any money at his inauguration ... The handwriting is on the wall ... have fun getting drunk on the taxpayers' money, y'all ...
Stop being bitter.
The president bought all of the equipment with his own pay. The chefs are presumably on salary. So really there was no additional cost to the public.
Something with him being a total D-bag might have something to do with Romney not getting elected.
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