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The White House's honey hive
Political veterans would probably caution against planning victory celebrations prematurely, but at least one Seattle area family has its celebratory

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Hopeful Democrats Brew White House Beer for Election Parties

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The White House's honey hive
Political veterans would probably caution against planning victory celebrations prematurely, but at least one Seattle area family has its celebratory beverage ready should President Barack Obama win re-election next month.

Chris Dufore, manager of Gallaghers' Where-U-Brew, says a group of customers recently used the Edmonds facility to produce six cases of the White House Honey Porter and Honey Ale. Recipes for both beers were released this September in response to an energetic online campaign. Although the beer recipes were developed for home kitchens, a few commercial microbreweries across the country have experimented with them.

"The porter was really exceptional," Dufore says of the batch produced at Gallaghers'.

According to Dufore, the Gallaghers' version probably doesn't taste exactly like the beer the Obamas pour. "The big thing I noticed is they use a different type of yeast," he says. "We use the same kind of hops though."

But Gallaghers' couldn't obtain White House honey, which is farmed on the South Lawn. Dufore says the flavor of honey, which is highly geographically specific, has a strong influence on an ale's character. Many customers who are attuned to the diversity of honey propose making beer with honey produced by Seattle bees, but usually become discouraged by the cost. Ballard Bee Company honey typically retails for about $1 an ounce, which Dufore says adds up quickly when a recipe calls for two pounds worth.

"We keep a big jug from Costco," he says.

The standard honey worked well in the White House Porter, described by Dufore as "nice, dark and full-bodied with a sweet finish."

Dufore suspects he'll see the recipe again if Obama has the chance to plan another inauguration, giving supporters reason to toast.

"We've had a lot of people ask about it," he says.

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