Inaugural Beer Bridges White House and Portland
The White House Honey Ale homebrew recipe was one of the most talked-about stories of 2012, after the government yielded to a public petition demanding the release of the recipe.
If you never got around to brewing up a batch of your own, fear not, friends. There are infinite benefits to living in Beervana, and among them: the chance to sample the First Beer during the week of President Obama's second inauguration.
Portland's own Breakside Brewery, known for brewmaster Bed Edmund's flights of fancy in a pint glass, will debut its take on the White House homebrew on Monday, January 21st at the Northeast Dekum brewpub.
The only deviation from the presidential recipe? Instead of British hops and honey harvested from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Breakside is keeping it local with Oregon honey from Bee Local, Cascade hops, and American malts from Montana and Wisconsin.
According to the brewery, the beer is "dark gold in color with a fruity, honey-forward nose and a touch of citrus. Moderate mid-palate sweetness from American caramel malt, and a moderate body from the honey give way to a very dry finish. It clocks in at 5.5% alcohol and 24 IBUs."
And with that, you have your Monday night plans: head to 820 Northeast Dekum to raise a glass to the Commander in Chief, imitate his "Not Bad" face, and feel totally American.