White House’s Original Beer Recipes Revealed

October 4, 2012

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. insistent (adj.)
[in-sis-tuh nt] –asking strongly and repetitively for something
Example: The insistent employees continued to demand for higher salary. 

2. blog (n.) [blawg, blog] – an online journal or diary where entries about personal experiences or hobbies are posted
Example: He started a blog about the food from international restaurants.

3. kit (n.) [kit] – a group of tools or items used for a specific purpose
Example: His first aid kit includes alcohol, bandages and different types of medicine.

4. concoct (v.) [kon-kokt, kuh n-] – to prepare something by mixing all ingredients
Example: His mother concocted her own coffee recipe.

5. sarcastically (adv.) [sahr-kas-tik] – said in a nice a way but with a different, usually, negative meaning or purpose
Example: The critic sarcastically praised the painter’s artwork.

Read the text below.

Due to insistent public demand, the White House finally revealed last August the recipes for their originally brewed beer.

The White House officials published the recipes for Honey Brown Ale and Honey Porter on a blog article entitled “Ale to the Chief.” During President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, he dropped by the Iowa State Fair and treated everyone to free beer. At that time, he mentioned he has his own recipe for beer. Since then, many people have been asking the White House to reveal the recipes.

President Obama got the idea to brew his own beer after meeting several home brewers across the United States. He bought a home brewing kit and assigned the kitchen team in White House to brew an original flavor. All the original beers used honey harvested from the beehive in Michelle Obama’s special garden at the White House.

This was the first time that the White House staff brewed an alcoholic beverage in the White House premises. Former presidents such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson concocted their original drinks in their own property.

However, other people have negative responses towards the White House brewing their own beers since, for some people, beer is not considered a healthy food.

Critics all over the internet also reacted to White House showcasing how they make beers instead of dealing with more important national issues. One Tweeter user sarcastically posted a tweet, asking if there is any solution for the economic crisis that is brewing in the White House.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         Why do you think President Obama told people about the brewing activities in the White House?
·         Should they continue this activity? Why or why not?

Discussion B

·         Is it important to keep doing traditional ways of making food or beverage? Please explain your answer.
·         What popular food or drink in your country would you like to make by yourself? Why do you choose this food or drink?


October 4, 2012