The presidential election is coming up quickly, and Arvada Beer Company is offering another way to judge one of the candidates: by his homebrew.
The brewery, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary by tapping a brand-new beer each day through Saturday, will release White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter today. Both were made using almost the exact recipes of the White House kitchen; President Barack Obama started the homebrewing program last year.
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The White House released the recipes in September after an outcry from homebrewers that reached its peak with an online We The People petition.
The only difference between Obama's version and Arvada's is that Arvada used honey from a local farmer rather than the White House garden.
"I thought the recipe was curious because they had so much honey in it," says Arvada Beer's Kelly Floyd, a champion homebrewer in her own right, who owns the place with her husband, Cary. "They also used dry yeast, which is very different. It was a little slow to take off, but I think it turned out well. The porter has a really nice flavor to it."
The beer was brewed during one of Arvada Beer's series of Brew Classes, which the Floyds use to connect with their customers. "People know our history as homebrewers, so this helps people understand what we learned from brewing all those years," she says. "And we continue learning as well."
Upcoming classes (which cost $25, are limited to ten people, and include seven free beers) will make a Russian Imperial Stout, a Christmas Ale and a Barleywine. The Floyds use their one-barrel pilot system for these, rather than their seven-barrel system.
Find the full schedule at Arvada Beer's web site.
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