Sunday Roast: White House beer recipes!

President and Mrs Obama brew their own beer in the White House.  How awesome is that?

Here’s a video:

Well?  Get started on that shopping list!

This is our daily open thread — The Obamas brew beer in the White House!


108 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: White House beer recipes!

      • For a number of years, I taught beginning homebrewing, at a local store and at the community college. My own method differed in minor but significant steps from the standard approach; I was pleased to see that the White House had some of it right (i.e. my way). The piece that could stand improvement has to do with their yeast handling and the primary fermentation. Maybe I should go back there and teach them.

    • Why is Romney attacking Barack Obama’s success? 29 weeks of private sector job growth is pretty good, don’t you think?

  1. Laurie Winer explores LDS history and scriptures, finding that the church “possesses a remarkable adaptability that keeps it alive and thriving.” To believe Mormonism is true depends on a mindset that downplays intellectual openness in the name of obedience, even obedience to doctrines that might change in an instant. She argues the peculiarities of the religion help explain Romney’s etch-a-sketch beliefs:

    “Aside from the trinity of the Godhead, the main difference between Mormons and other sects of Christianity is that their founding is recent enough to have been extensively documented by verifiable witnesses and historians at every turn. Mormonism therefore requires a different kind of faith than does other Christian sects. It requires a very special obedience. It asks its members not to read, and not to believe, wide swatches of their own country’s history.”

    What this means in practice:

    “Young people born into the church are actively encouraged to read only the official, neutered version of Mormon history, which omits virtually all of the good stuff, all the messy moral complexity. Perhaps that is why the Mormons of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have cultivated a certain bland exterior, keeping the messy and complicated submerged. Apostay is a very serious matter and often involves the cutting off of all family and friends. Worrying about the past can destroy your future.”

    • From my own reading, one of the most significant (and unreported) differences is that Mormon doctrine teaches that God was a man who ascended to godhood, and that Mormon men can do likewise. And God was created by a previous God. Oh, and Jesus and Satan were brothers. Uh, and God literally impregnated Mary. In the flesh.

  2. Michael Tomasky lays out how The Real Obama Needs to Fight Five GOP Myths About the Imaginary Obama

    “Of all the great, near-great, and less-than-great tweets and remarks about the Clint Eastwood disaster, the most profound came from The American Prospect’s Jamelle Bouie: “This is a perfect representation of the campaign: an old white man arguing with an imaginary Barack Obama.” The story of the whole week, indeed of more or less the whole last four or five years, is of Republicans and conservatives peddling to voters an imaginary Barack Obama.”

  3. Goat Scrotum Ale

    5 lbs dark malt extract
    1 lb crystal malt
    1/4 lb each black patent malt and crushed roasted barley
    3 1/2 oz Hallertauer leaf hops
    1 cup each brown sugar and blackstrap molasses
    1 lb corn syrup
    2 tspns gypsum
    1 tspn Irish Moss
    1 pkg ale yeast
    3/4 cup corn sugar to prime the bottle with

    To customize your ale and create your very own specialty brew you may use these optional ingredients in whatever combination you wish:

    2 to 4 oz freshly grated ginger root
    Up to 2 inches brewing licorice
    2 tbspns spruce tree essence
    1 to 10 dried chili pepper
    1/4 cup slightly crushed juniper berries
    6 oz unsweetened Bakers chocolate or cocoa powder

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      • Sounds nice.
        Just about anything qualifies in this recipe.
        We stumbled across this recipe in our quest to duplicate Old Peculiar.

    • I think that comes right out of Charlie Papazian’s homebrewing book from the early 80s, which was the gospel for a lot of new homebrewers (including moi). I eventually had some quibbles with his technique but I did taste one of his beers at a party and it was really good (not goat scrotum). IIRC, it was his Armenian Imperial Stout.

  4. This is a parody account. One way to tell for sure is to look at the URL in your browser address line, and you’ll see a capital “I” (as in India) where the small “l” (as in love) would go. It looks like it says “SarahPalinUSA” but it really says “SarahPaIinUSA”. Of course, this being in the same font won;t make it any clearer. 🙂

  5. Willard totally reminds me of Bill Paxton’s sleazy care salesman in ‘True Lies”. And if Paul Ryan doesn’t make you think of Tony Perkin’s as Norman Bates you probably haven’t watched ‘Psycho’ in a while.

  6. The President gives out not only his tax returns and birth certificate but also his beer recipes! Willard gives empty promises laced with lies. Maybe this will be the last Presidency for the US. The First President couldn’t tell a lie so it seems to balance that the last one couldn’t tell the truth. The First declined being made King. The last is slobbering all over himself in anticipation of coronation.

  7. I have found myself personally arguing with people (like my supervisor, who actually starts these) who claim Obama had two years with “an all Democratic Congress” and didn’t do shit! I first point out that they don’t understand how the Senate operates, and how without a filibuster-proof majority, a single Senator can hold up ALL Senate business until his petty demands are made.

  8. Listen, fellow Chicagoan John Cusack, if you and Jonathan Hurley wanna sit around on your high horses and lambaste Pres. Obama for his “war on the constitution” (really, now you’re just teabaggin’) then go ahead and vote for Romney. I’m sure you’ll both be way more agreeable with his policies and presidency.

    Oh, and you can both suck my nutsack.

  9. I had an idea that is probably bordering on minor evil. What if people attended Willard and R-Ayn’s public appearances and accidentally had the refrain from 3 Dog Night’s ‘Liar’ as a ring tone and told their friends to call them? Or they called each other.

  10. Trust me! No tax returns, no budget plans, campaign of lies & whining. But I’m white & rich.

    Now if I could only figure out Twitter.

    • 4 years ago this country was on the edge of an economic cliff where the economy was losing 750,000 jobs a month. Better now? Hell yes!

  11. From Matt Taibbi’s latest essay:

    “By making debt the centerpiece of his campaign, Romney was making a calculated bluff of historic dimensions – placing a massive all-in bet on the rank incompetence of the American press corps. The result has been a brilliant comedy: A man makes a $250 million fortune loading up companies with debt and then extracting million-dollar fees from those same companies, in exchange for the generous service of telling them who needs to be fired in order to finance the debt payments he saddled them with in the first place.

    That same man then runs for president riding an image of children roasting on flames of debt, choosing as his running mate perhaps the only politician in America more pompous and self-righteous on the subject of the evils of borrowed money than the candidate himself. If Romney pulls off this whopper, you’ll have to tip your hat to him: No one in history has ever successfully run for president riding this big of a lie. It’s almost enough to make you think he really is qualified for the White House.”

  12. Real life squirrely-ness.
    On my recent fire crew our inter-crew radio channel is called “squirrel-net”
    Members were Grumpy, Swamper, Tender, Banana (as in slug), Stoney (no mystery there, he probably started when he was 7) Hope (“There’s Hope!), Ice Man, M-C (mini cow), Creeper, Squirrel (of course), Kurko, Pauly-D, Tron, Mc (pronounced “mick”), Old Man (not me, lazy slacker isn’t even 30 yet), Grampa (me), Twinkletoes (cute, but a little skinny), James (“don’t call me Jim”), Frank, and Vance.

    It was nuts….

      • I forgot Treebeard. Didn’t see much of him after the first 3 days, he got poison oak so bad he had to go back to the main camp and hand out lunches.

      • When I first joined the Longshoremen’s Union I was called “brother in law” and a year later my fellow workers called me “professor” due to my vast understanding of all things American compared to 10 o my fellow workers who were Polish immigrants.

        Twenty years later a tenured PhD in my masters program began calling me “professor” because of the suggestions I made to him to help his students deal with his stuttering and stammering when he lectured.

        To some people, family included, I’ve been called a “sexual intellectual”, a gentle way to say I’m a fucking “know-it-all”!

  13. Wow. It’s so dark outside the streetlight at the rear corner of my yard is on. We had a tornado warning earlier, and I’ve heard a lot of thunder, but I haven’t had any rain since early this morning.

    • Isaac knocked out power in New Orleans, home of NFC where my electronically deposited pay comes from. Which I haven’t gotten yet.
      Ah, the marvels of the electronic age…
      Hunker down HofR…

    • The heavy stuff finally hit. Had a cell pass right over me with mild rotation, but I saw little wind here.

      • We do worry about you, House, when bad weather comes through your neck of the woods (as we do all Critters and Zoosters), and we appreciate you letting us know you’re okay. 🙂

        • I’m fine, but I bet my new neighbors from Charlotte, NC weren’t quite as calm when the siren went off, twice! 😀

  14. Long hard evening for Danica. 29th place, running at the end, six laps down, but she benefited from the experience and the car is unscathed. Owners like that. Tony Stewart was two laps down, and Ryan Newman wrecked.

    Sundays are normally quiet, but tomorrow is a holiday. Where is everybody?

    • Glad to read you still have power. That is some nasty weather you experience in the great state of AL.
      Happy Labor Day to you, House!

      • Happy Labor Day Ebb. The wind didn’t seem too bad at the worst here, but the local weather folk claimed we had 60 mph. Actually, I think this is the remnants of Isaac, as it kind of curled eastward from Arkansas.

    • “We’ve lost 220,000 small businesses in the last ten years.”

      I seriously doubt WalMart had anything to do with that. Or the first and second Bush Recessions, or the Bush Depression!

    • Passion born from truth is formidable. MHP has lived it, delt with it, unlike the twunt she trying to school. May it go viral.

      • May it go viral.

        It is written and thus it must be…
        in all sincerity.
        Those that shout the effen “job creators” need the tax breaks..
        where are those jobs? Where? They’ve had plenty of time to make them magically appear.
        Damn them to the hell they believe in!

      • It was such a thoughtless statement. One we’ve heard so often lately.

        Even the President’s focus is on the Middle Class, which is reasonable on some level, but there are so many more poor people in this country, precisely because of Reaganomics and soulless republican policies. Unfortunately, Bill Clinton bought into the whole “welfare reform” bullshit. Or was pressured into it, I don’t know which.

        Some wise person said that in the richest nation in the world, people living in poverty is a choice. A choice made for poor people, by rich people. Just because they can.

        It’s disgusting.

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