Three day weekends rock, but you also miss a few things: Monday traffic, that coworker you have a creepy crush on, that coworker you have a creepy crush on, that coworker you- get out of my head!- and news.

It is a statistical approximation that over 70% of office drones receive a majority of their news from aimless clicking every Monday morning. No Monday? No news.

Which is why you may have missed this juicy deet: on Saturday, September 1st, the White House released two of their buzzed about home brew recipes in a blog post by Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and the Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives (Click through for the recipes as well as a video worth the watch for any homebrew fanatic). [via The White House]

You can catch up on Presidential beer news here, but we’ve also got a few new details, in light of the news:

  • Though the original petition called for 25,000 signatures, only 12,240 signed before the president decided to spread the wealth.
  • There’s a first time for everything: though the white house brewers took advice from staffers with experience, none of the kitchen staff had actually brewed before. (It took them a few drafts to get it right).
  • To Kass’ knowledge, the White House Honey Brown Ale is the first alcoholic drink to be brewed or distilled on White House grounds (although George Washington brewed beer and distilled whiskey at Mount Vernon).
  • In addition to the Honey Brown Ale and Honey Porter, for which recipes were released, a Honey Blonde was brewed this summer.
  • Obama is completely unaware that beer is able to be brewed without honey.

Okay, joking on that last one, but really? Three honey beers in a row? Just because Michelle has a beehive doesn’t mean all of the beer has to incorporate it. Doesn’t she have a hop garden somewhere? Or some bourbon barrels?

Not that we’re the experts, but at least one other homebrewer (with a lot more political clout than the Boozin Blog) agrees: the White House and its beers might benefit from a little less of the sweet stuff [via The Atlantic]

~Don Julian

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