FOIA filed for Obama's homebrewed beer recipe

Aug. 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM ET

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President Barack Obama offers a toast of his homebrewed beer to Dakota Meyer on the patio outside of the Oval Office on Sept. 14, 2011.

Barack Obama, famous for the Beer Summit, seems to enjoy the occasional pilsner or porter. Now, beer aficionados are foaming at the mouth to get a taste of his White House brews.

“Release the recipe for the Honey Ale home brewed at the White House,” cries one petition launched on the White House’s “We the People” website.

Obama revealed last week while stumping in Iowa that he stocks his campaign bus with White House-made brew, which include honey ale, honey blonde and honey porter. The collection reportedly uses honey made from Michelle Obama’s beehive.

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Within days of the revelation, the petition seeking the beer recipes went up. However, it needs 25,000 signatures by Sept. 17 to receive an official response. As of this posting Wednesday morning, they had 2,073.  

A bottle of White House Honey Ale beer is in the Green Room of the White House on Feb. 6, 2011.
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A bottle of White House Honey Ale beer is in the Green Room of the White House on Feb. 6, 2011.

Another beer lover went further and demanded the White House beer recipes through the Freedom of Information Act, or a FOIA request.

“You should know that I am requesting this as a home brewer and for the education of other home brewers not for commercial use,” he writes.

The White House is exempt from FOIA requests, something the filer seemed to acknowledge in his posts on the online forum, Reddit:

“A personal notebook or an email about ingredients probably doesn't fall under the definition of ‘documents’ in FOIA, but a brewing manual or recipie [sic] book or something like that which is used to train others WOULD be a responsive document. If I'm lucky, that's what I'll get…”

But the filer also admitted he was hoping a little flattery would help his pursuit. He boldly ends his letter with the following request:

“Also, if you could send me a copy autographed by the President, you’d be the coolest FOIA officer in the whole federal government, and who could resist that title?”

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