White House Ransoms Beer Recipe for 25,000 Signatures

The Obama White House has a homebrewed honey ale. (Photo: Pete Souza/White House [Public Domain]/Wikimedia Commons)

The playful drama surrounding the demanded release of the Obama Administration's homebrewed "White House Honey Ale" recipe just got interesting.

A petition started last week by "homebrewers across America" on the official White House site has received over 10,000 signatures; requesting the Administration to give up the goods "In keeping with the brewing traditions of the founding fathers."

According to a tweet send out by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, if the petition meets the goal of 25,000 signatures before September 17th, the Administration will release the recipe. Replied one commenter humorously: "Until you release the beer recipe, you've got no business criticizing Romney for not releasing his tax returns."

While the Obama Administration has been enjoying the White House Honey Ale (incidentally, the first beer ever brewed within the White House) since the 2011 Super Bowl, interest over the beverage did not erupt publicly until the President brought some with him on the campaign trail this summer.

“I think I’ve only tried the light, and it’s quite refreshing,” Carney said during a stop.

When pressed for more details, he said: “I have exhausted my knowledge of this subject. When someone hands me a beer, I don’t ask how it was made, I just drink it.”

As indicated by its name, the ale is brewed using some of the copious honey produced by the White House beehive on the South Lawn.

To sign the petition - and join other beer lovers in trying out this delicious-sounding recipe - hit the official petition here.