August 23rd, 2012
06:24 PM ET

White House brews its own secret beer

As we told you earlier in the week, President Obama recently told a voter at the Iowa State Fair that the White House has its own micro-brewery. CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar follows up on finding the secret recipes.

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  1. Bear

    How very 1% of the President, has his own Micro-Brew and Secret Recipe. I guess drinking the same beer we " minions" consume is below him.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Scott

      It's OK for Obama to have a hobby. The beer may explain the President's 35 bowling average.

      August 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • ...

      how do you find that offensive. People nowadays swear at officials as if they are scum. (Some of them are though, like bill clinton and akin)

      August 24, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • Howard

      It doesn't matter what obama says, because he is the master of 'BAIT N' SWITH' ... and DECEPTION ... and, cannot be trusted.

      August 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
      • DEcember 2012


        WE GET IT.

        MOVE ON.

        August 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Jonny

      Wouldn't the fact that there is a microbrewery in the White House and that the President seems to advocate craft beers show he is like the common american. There is nothing elite about brewing your own beer, in fact by your comments you would have to regard Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Samuel Adams, two of which were presidents, as elitist, since they all brewed their own beer and were prominent Americans.

      August 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  2. Samantha

    And this is news? Just when CBO released the projection of a US recession and unemployment to go up 9%, and the president and CNN talks about brewing beers? What would be the next news, when Obama makes what?? what?? what?? nothing, useless president. Sorry for my word but I am sadden by this president spending more time in the campaign than fixing the PROBLEMS for this country.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • really?

      Obama cannot do anything when the republicans in the house of representatives will not compromise on anything. Ever since the republicans took control of the house of representatives the already slow legislative process ground to a complete halt. Nothing getting done the past 2 years? Dont blame Obama, blame the house of representatives and the idiots who elected them.

      August 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
      • Howard


        Spend another month away from the White House campaigning and fund raising ... attend celebrity dinners while the economy disintegrates ... drive America another Trillion dollars into debt ... increase unemployment by another percent ...
        insult and alienate another American ally ... blame everything on somebody else ... drive up gas prices (again) ... weaken our military even more ... join eric holder in breaking the law ... ignore & weaken the constitution ... demand extra credit for killing Bin Laden ... redistribute (steal) more of other people's money ... have statues erected to me, me, me !!!

        August 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
      • Scott

        The President cannot do anything with a majority in both houses of Congress, either, as he demonstrated during his first two years, with the exception of reimbursing his contributors losing even more jobs while indebting the Nation hundreds of additional billions.

        U6 unemployment since 2006 when Democrats gained both houses doubled, but has leveled off slightly since midterms in 2010.

        The country needs to get rid of Obama, or have the ability to over-ride Obama in Congress, when appropriate.

        August 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
      • Donna

        Maybe you should know that the House has passed several bills, but the Senate (Reid) will not take them to the floor for a vote. Also, the President has not met with the Republicans in over a year to discuss anything. I personally would like to see Air Force One grounded for a solid month to keep Obama's behind in the Oval Office and get something accomplished. Don't blame it all on the Republicans, There are two parties involved in bill passage. It is called working together. Don't say that I am a racist. I just don't like his Chicago style politics. Also Obama is not our first black president – he is half white...unless you forgot.

        August 24, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
      • just_a_moderate

        Realistically, what do you want? The House passes a "jobs bill" and then wants to defund ACA or Planned Parenthood.

        Come on. You know you don't have enough votes to pass and the Dems know they don't have the votes to end a filibuster. It's just a waste of time. I kind of prefer that they not waste time on that. Maybe write a bill that finds the middle?

        Realistically, a functional Congress would have bills going from chamber to chamber where the bills are constructed with the big agreements already in place. The solution to this is that both Republicans and Democrats need to call on their OWN party, not the other one, to start finding a way to work with the other side...and of course I said a functional Congress-this one is anything but.

        August 27, 2012 at 10:16 am |
      • ...

        >2 parties or no parties in my opinion

        August 24, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
      • Howard

        In 2008 ... and for the years that followed, obama enjoyed the luxury of an extremely biased mainstream media, who pitched him ... protected him ... defended him ... and refused to vet him. In addition, in an effort to be 'politically correct', and avoid countless baseless accusations of 'racism', obama's opposition responded with their hands tied behind their backs. Today, however, the disastrous results of obama's failed policies are hurting millions of Americans ... and, in addition, his opposition has woken up, and is unafraid to tell the truth about this phony sacred cow. That's why movies, like 2016 Obama's Ameirca ... and The Hope And The Change are coming out. Everybody, except die hard obama stooges are finally realizing what a horrible failure he is ... and, how he has nearly destroyed America. American is much, much more important than obama ... and, in order to save America ... obama must go !!!

        August 25, 2012 at 11:50 am |
      • Lizzie

        Why do REPUBLICANS always have to compromise, Democrats never do, its their highway or nothing, how about if the democrats would put forth a viable plan, or Harry Reid would allow some of the bills from he house come to a vote on the senate floor.

        August 26, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  3. Steveo

    The White House has it's own micro brewery? That's nice. What's the unemployment rate again?

    August 24, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • SillyMan

      I guess it's less however many people you need to run the brewery.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • RealityBites

      Like most alcholics.., Obama setup his brewery yrs ago. Baracks addiction gene runs deep..

      August 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  4. Kool-Aid Police

    Since it's at taxpayer expense, why would we expect anything less from Obama?

    August 24, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • just_a_moderate

      Have you ever seen the wine list for the WH cellar?

      If they want to brew beer, I am all for it.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • BlkPwr817

      TAXES? Acoording to Romney, TAXES are a secrect. Just like his policies & voucher program for

      August 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
      • Howard

        Bill Clinton will not be able to save obama from being kicked out of the White House. Justice will finally prevail ... and, it won't come from Eric Holder. The obama culture of corruption has been exposed. Soon you, and a few other obama stooges, who post here, will be the only obama rats who have not abandoned the obama sinking ship. Good bye ... and, good riddance.

        August 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  5. marisombra

    In the meantime CNN does not acknowledge that Holder is being questioned for abuse of FBI travel privileges, Obama botches the rank of top NavySEAL , the immigration agency is going to sue the obama administration to prevent amnesty and 70% of Obama's 19 million twitter followers have been found out to be fake

    August 24, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Speak the truth

      update to USA today story about fake twitter accounts.

      But StatusPeople’s Rob Waller told Mashable in an email that the web-based tool has been upgraded to provide more accurate results.

      “We released an update to our tool on Wednesday to make our App more accurate for those with larger follower bases,” Waller said.

      We tried the tool ourselves, and discovered that 91 percent of this writer's 1,300 followers are valid.

      We then used it against Barack Obama's Twitter account and discovered that 29 percent are fake, while another 39 percent are "inactive." Only 32 percent were reported as "good." Doing the math, we determined that out of 18,879,121 followers listed, 6,041,318.72 are valid. Rounding up, that leaves Obama with 6,041,319 real – as in sentient – followers.

      A similar test against Mitt Romney's Twitter account found that 23 percent are fake, while 28 percent are "inactive." According to our results, just under half, or 49 percent, are "good." With just under a million listed followers, we determined that Romney has 445,313.96 followers who are actual human beings.

      They both have done it and have about he same percentage of fake or inactive followers

      August 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  6. Jack

    Nice to know that the President is getting some on the job training, he can open an beer distillery in Chicago in January 2013. Maybe then he will learn how to create jobs.

    August 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • BlkPwr817

      Which is what he'll do up until his 2ND term is up in 2016...

      August 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • SillyMan

      A beer distillery? Really? I'm afraid that you don't actually distill beer. You could distill the hop-free version and get whiskey.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • SillyMan1

      A beer distillery? Really? I'm afraid that you don't actually distill beer. You could distill the hop-free version and get whiskey.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  7. demwit

    Its OK if Obama's
    Secret stimulus meetings go unnoticed
    Secret back room deals go unnoticed
    Secret donations from so-called watchdogs go unnoticed
    Secret killings of Pakistanis go unnoticed
    Secret leakers of classified info go unnoticed
    But not Obama's beer recipes, oh no.., thats an important election issue here..

    August 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • BlkPwr817

      Don't forget the most important thing his secret TAXES....Oh wait, that would be, fault.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  8. BlkPwr817


    Justice will finally prevail ...

    You mean like the voter suppression in key states like Ohio, Florida & Pennsylvania...Voter ID that will give Romney the win (DONE) The TRUTH always come full circle at some point. So the LIES that the GOP continues to spit out will be proven wrong come Nov. That's when "JUSTICE WILL FINALLY PREVAIL"

    August 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Donna

      Voter ID law here in my state. I love it. Why should anyone be able to vote that isn't a legal citizen? ID's are free to those that need them. Also, every hospital visit, VA visit, airline trip, some prescriptions, blood donor,and numerous banking transactions, all require proof of Identification. Believe me, if they wanted any type of government or state assistance they would get the ID. Don't let someone take away my legal vote or yours. Evidently those that don't want this law, don't care about the legal US citizen.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
      • just_a_moderate

        You asked why someone would object to ID laws...because none of the other discretionary items, like airline travel, are core items to our democracy.

        For starters, in-person voter fraud simply is not occurring. The Republican National Lawyers Association is leading the research on this. They've looked high and wide-it simply is not a problem. Real voter fraud is much more likely to be a felon who is attempting to cast a ballot.

        There is absolutely nothing lower than be willing to disenfranchise another citizen for political reasons. Period. Our troops give their lives to protect our freedom. I'm sorry, but voting and being a blood donor are not equivalents.

        Furthermore, the law that was struck down in Wisconsin was exactly the point of the problem. There was a Vietnam vet who had a clerical error on his original birth certificate. He could not meet their proposed ID restrictions. I think purposely disenfranchising anyone is wrong, but you are actually willing to disenfranchise someone who was drafted to fight in our military for you? That's beyond absurd.

        August 27, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      You'd rather have illegals, dead people and mickey mouse voting? The ID's are free and easy to get, what's so hard about that?

      August 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • BlkPwr817

        INEW D's aren't easy to obtain. Voting officials know this. More reason to impliment something like this before an important election. The problam is that many elderly Americans who have voted for years wont get a chance to because of new laws by the GOP. They can't use ID that worked for them in the past. But all that has a funny way of playing out. GOP will lose anyway despite their own rules & law changes...LOL

        August 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • just_a_moderate

        Seeing as there is no in person voter fraud to speak of, the problem that any real American has with this is simple:

        You know why troops die for us? To protect our freedom and its greatest gift: the right to vote. For you right wingers to shamelessly allow a red herring of voter fraud to help you disenfranchise people who aren't likely to vote for you is the lowest, scummiest thing that anyone could really do.

        I would be less offended if you drank 2 gallons of gatorade and walked around Arlington Cemetery p issing on their graves. You're already p issing on what they died for.

        That's not hyperbole. That's not too strong. What you folks are willingly doing is atrocious. Statistically, you know what you're doing. What I don't understand is how you are okay with it morally.

        August 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Jack

      President Obama's record!
      Higher gas prices at the pump
      Cost of living going up
      Average U.S. worker salaries going down
      Higher cost for heath care (every day we find out more what NOT to like about Obama TAX)
      Unemployment above 8%
      Bad job growth
      Growing national deficit (will be OVER 16 TRILLION in a few days)
      National security leaks
      Operation Fast and Furious
      And list go on and on.......................

      August 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
      • ...

        you can't really control gas prices.

        August 24, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
      • just_a_moderate

        If you want low gas prices, just repeat 2008. Have unemployment go up 55%, have negative GDP growth, and crash the stock market. Gas prices were indeed very low in late 2008. That's not a good thing.

        August 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  9. John

    Why is this news?

    August 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  10. Judy

    brewery left over from bush administration.

    August 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • november2012

      oh...thats President Bushes fault too....hhhaha

      August 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • BlkPwr817

      Right...But C'mon Judy, the TRUTH is not permited anymore. Rules of the GOP...LOL

      August 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
      • Steveo

        Did you actually go there? A truth dig? Really? We were told the stimulous would save us. Was that the truth? We were told the unemployment rate would NOT exceed 8%. Was that the truth? We were told he would halve the deficit. Was that the truth? We were told the economy would be fixed or he'd be a one termer. Was that the truth? We were told he would go line by line on the budget. I KNOW that is not truth because we haven't had a budget! Truth, you say?

        August 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Howard

      obama's supporters consist of judy ...
      occupiers ... sexual deviants ... illegals ... free loaders ... union cheats
      ... anarchists ... communists ... and, all the other dregs of society, riding on the backs of hard working Americans !!!

      August 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • tildejac

        Actually it is the Republicans who love communists. They have been partners in crime for many years. Whatever fills their pockets.

        August 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
      • ...

        almost all candidates in history had those kinds of supporters.

        August 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
      • John

        Right... Nevermind the fact that obama haters are most of the times murderous, homophobic, xenophobic and racist people who shoot american flags at anyone with a skin color other than white.

        Small bit of exaggeration there, but nothing compared to what you said.

        August 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Jack

      No, the President Obama said that he purchased with his own money. Bush didn't drink any that contained alcohol while in office.

      August 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  11. Kool-Aid Police

    just_a_moderate is really a lefty wo loves Obama, Pelosi and all the Dems. Why not just admit it?

    August 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • just_a_moderate

      No. Nice try. I called purposely disenfranchising Americans wrong. The very fact that you think that makes me not a Republican is why I no longer am one.

      What you guys are doing is despicable. Fine, call me a liberal with no real supporting evidence. Maybe that's fair as I'm openly and directly your type the scum of the earth. You're knowingly violating the very principles that we've shed so much blood to protect.

      You have a party where the uneducated evangelical calls an educated libertarian a RINO...and that's at best. Usually you guys go with "baby killer." Sorry, don't blame your party's intellectual collapse in the past 2 decades on me.

      I am admittedly a lot harder on Republicans because it is the party that I used to have higher hopes for.

      August 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  12. november2012

    obama can't find both cheeks with both hands but he can take drugs and brew beer...

    August 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  13. DaveNYUSA

    "White House brews its own secret beer"
    Hmm,. where's the ATF on this one?

    August 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  14. ...

    if only there was a president like ron paul... except for the legalizing drugs part

    August 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    More taxpayer money wasted on foolishness.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  16. Bill

    The presdint has a hobby and is human....shame on him. his is almost more egregious than the fact that he's a black man.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  17. SugarKube

    Brings to mind the Movie "Strange Brew".

    August 26, 2012 at 7:44 am |
  18. NoChange

    Really? Who cares? ....well I guess he can say he created a job for someone.

    August 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  19. John

    The ammount of hate comments here towards Obama are beyond funny, coming from people who expect him to snap his fingers and just magicaly fix every problem in the country, after the past god awful administrations ran it to the ground.
    But... I guess Obama really is a commie taliban anti-christ hellbent on destroying America (when past administrations TOTALLY had it going well) and that people who want to hang other people for having different choices and fuck up the lives of people with less possessions will surely fix America.

    True patriotism!


    August 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  20. TommytheT

    well isn't that nice...seems like a guy you might want to roll up your sleeves and have a beer with, but certainly not a guy you want to roll up your sleeves and get onto doing the business of the people who elected you to move the country forward. And please don't give me this "HE INHERITED A MESS". He did not inherit anything. He campaigned hard to get into the position knowing exactly what it was and promise to "FIX" in 4 years. He has failed.

    August 27, 2012 at 6:16 am |
    • just_a_moderate

      That argument seems ridiculous considering that the guy before him tested out in focus groups as the person you'd feel comfortable having pot roast with. Of course, governing has nothing to do with beer or pot roast. It's merely a measure of personal likability and that is absolutely a part of politics...this is the politics section of a website.

      FYI, it's entirely possible to both intelligently disagree with Obama's policies AND acknowledge that he inherited a mess.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:29 am |