Originally Posted by RumRiverBrewer
When I heard this, there was no way I could imagine the president toiling over a kettle of wort somewhere in the White House... This is obviously a PR stunt and if we're lucky, some true brewer will be there the next time he whips out a bottle of the WH brew to ask some real questions... Someone has to find out who actually brews this stuff.
The White House cooks make it, and it isn't a secret. He originally bought them a homebrew kit and asked them to look into homebrewing a couple years back.
Of course the President isn't spending hours cleaning, sanitizing, brewing, cleaning, sanitizing, fermenting, cleaning, sanitizing, bottling, and cleaning every - or any - 5 gallon batch. And no reasonable person would think he does, or expect him to, while he's in office. Perhaps he'll take up the hobby himself when he's no longer in office in 2016 - though it's unlikely, there is more than merely a remote chance how - but until then, the White House cooks will keep brewing and learning and getting better, and hopefully continue it with the 45th president in 2016, and onward to become a White House tradition.
Unlike wine (and don't get me wrong, I love wine and make it as well), beer is truly the "people's" drink, and can be world-class with ingredients from even an average homebrew shop. "White House Wine" would have to be made from grapes grown at the White House for the concept to have any meaning - essentially, it's the growers that make the wine - and that's just not going to produce a truly great product in DC. But beer - while still benefiting from quality ingredients - relies on the skill and creativity of the brewer more than the geography and climate of where its ingredients are grown, and as such, it's more than possible for a true "White House Beer" to be world class, even good enough to share with the most important of foreign leaders and dignitaries.
They're obviously not there yet, but it's a definite possibility down the line!