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Beloiter’s petition gets White House to give up its beer recipe

September 6, 2012

Some Beloiters like their beer—whether a PBR or microbrew. Some, in DIY fashion, even like to make their own*.

No matter your taste in suds, you may appreciate the story of a Beloiter who started a petition to get the kitchen staff in the Obama White House to release their home-brew recipes.

John Lutz’11, an anthropology major originally from Minneapolis, posted a petition on the White House’s website on Aug. 18.  

“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,” part of the petition states.

Before the petition had a chance to pick up the 25,000 signatures required to warrant an official response, several media outlets such as CNN, NPR, and Politico had picked up the story.

In less than two weeks, White House staff acquiesced, and posted the recipes for the White House’s honey ale and honey porter, along with a response.

“With public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz, we decided we better hop right to it,” wrote Sam Kass, an assistant chef in the White House.

You can read the White House official response and recipes here.

Since the recipes’ release, Lutz has been interviewed by the likes of The Washington Post and the Obama Foodorama blog.

In speaking with Greg Kitsock of the Post, Lutz said, “It is amazing. I am really excited to start brewing the beer. Going to need to have it on hand for the presidential debates.”

Lutz relocated to the Washington, D.C. area this summer to work at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

*Note: Homebrewing in res hall closets--presidential brew or not--is still not allowed. Sorry.