Northern Brewer’s White House Honey Porter Beer Kit

SKU: U0910

This original recipe brewed by White House staff is both a callback to the favored beverage of our Founding Fathers as well as an opportunity to come together in an election year and share pints across the aisle. More than just simply black and roasty, this porter builds consensus with generous applications of sweet caramel and toasty Munich malts, while moderate bitterness and a pound of honey lets us all find common ground. In a year of divisive politics, we think it’s especially important to remember what we have in common: homebrewing!

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White House Honey Porter Beer Kit

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This original recipe brewed by White House staff is both a callback to the favored beverage of our Founding Fathers as well as an opportunity to come together in an election year and share pints across the aisle. More than just simply black and roasty, this porter builds consensus with generous applications of sweet caramel and toasty Munich malts, while moderate bitterness and a pound of honey lets us all find common ground. In a year of divisive politics, we think it’s especially important to remember what we have in common: homebrewing!

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style Stout/Porter
Color Dark
Original Gravity 1054
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Not bad Review by Andrew
The only other honey beer I've had is Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss, so I was expecting more of the honey flavor to come through. It's also a bit hoppier than I expected for a porter. If I brew it again, I'd definitely follow the suggestion of doubling or tripling the honey. However, it's been 2 weeks since bottling and it's significantly better than it was 4 days ago. I may change my mind in a week or so based on how much it's improved so far. 3.5 as it is right now, but a prospective 4 stars just because I have hope for it. (Posted on 2/7/14)
Has a wonderful taste and a great hoppy finish. Review by Christopher
I have brewed this kit and just ordered another! It gets better with time. (Posted on 2/7/14)
Another winner Review by Tony
Stouts and porters are my favorites and this kit did not disappoint. Hearty and heavy like a porter should be but with a nice hoppy aroma and a little spicy kick to it. Would definitely brew this one again! (Posted on 1/27/14)
Excellent Review by Rob
I've been brewing ciders for many years now, but this was my first attempt at a proper beer. I used a Wyeast smack pack, and was very happy with the results.
I'll definitely be brewing this again at some point, though I will probably add more honey next time, as I tend to favor higher gravities. If I decide to get really crazy, I may even try to oak it. (Posted on 1/2/14)
More Honey Review by Chris
After reading reviews that said to add more honey I decided to do just that and put in an additional 3 lbs. I tried taking a reading before bottling but got frustrated with it and decided it didn't matter to me anyway so not sure what final was. I had it in the primary for 10 days and secondary for 2 weeks before bottling. I didn't pop the top on one for 2 weeks and it was pretty darn good. So far it has just been getting better as the weeks go by and my brewing buddies are saying its top notch. I will definitely be doing another. (Posted on 12/18/13)
Awesome A+ Porter Review by KDG Brewer
I made this the first time last winter and went down good and smooth. Easy going on the palate. I ordered another recently and getting ready for keggin' action soon. I prefer to mostly do All Grain recipes but this one is soooo good and easy, its a nice treat to make and a pleasant recipe to get back to my brewing roots! (Posted on 12/11/13)
Awesome Review by Benjamin
This is a really good kit. I some how failed to realize that this recipe is from the White House. Made a really good porter that my friends love. Currently it is bottle conditioning, but from what I have tasted so far it is great. Got an FG of 1.010 (Posted on 12/11/13)
A hit at the office Review by Klinton
This was my first homebrew batch ever and I could not have been more pleased. Smooth, easy to drink but full of great flavor. My wife even loved it and she prefers Bud Light. It was so good I had to take it to the office and share. It didn't last long so it looks like I will have to brew another batch! (Posted on 11/27/13)
Great Porter! Review by Sean
I have tried 3 or 4 different porter kits from various brewing supply stores. This one is my favorite. Less bitterness in this one. I added a little coffee to the brew also, and it was very tasty. (Posted on 11/26/13)
Excellent Review by Steve
Follow the instructions and this brew will turn out great for you. I've only been doing this for a couple of years so I've only brewed a dozen different beers so far but this is easily in the top three. I will be brewing this one annually. (Posted on 11/9/13)
Great Porter! Review by Joel
Great beer, well balanced, slightly smoky and sweet. I have had honey porters before that have a very alcohol-ish taste because of the honey, this one is not like that. Very smooth. The more time in the bottle the better! (Posted on 10/23/13)
Smooth as silk Review by Patrick
I brewed this batch on St. Patricks day. Just drank last bottle ten minutes ago. Last one better than the first. This beer just gets better and better. Smooth and silky. May up the honey on the next one to see what happens. Friends, brewers, patriots I implore you to add this one to your rotation. You will not be disappointed. (Posted on 10/15/13)
Great brew Review by Jamaal
This was my first attempt at brewing, I was given a 1gal kit as a gift. The instructions were easy to follow and the beer came out great... It also got rave reviews from my friends and family... Great brew! (Posted on 10/12/13)
Absolutely Amazing! Review by Tim
Used the liquid yeast option, and it turned out absolutely amazing! I gave some to my neighbor and some to a friend as a wedding present. Everyone wanted more, including myself as I ran out waaaay too quickly. (Posted on 9/24/13)
Patience is a virtue Review by CO Brewer
Agree with other brewers about waiting on this one- I left in primary for 1.5 weeks, secondary for almost a month, and bottled for a while before drinking. The wait was definitely worth it. The honey really adds some nice notes to this one. (Posted on 9/13/13)
My Wife's New Favorite! Review by Kyle
My life loves dark beers. (Am I a lucky guy, or what?!!?) She has LOVED every stout or porter I have brewed, but she REALLY LOVES this one. Smooth, rich, satisfying -- a great brew. (Posted on 9/10/13)
Excellent. Review by Christopher
I brewed this kit pretty much as instructed. I did wait to add honey until 20 minutes were left in the boil. I also bottled using honey instead of corn sugar. I find it adds a nice dry finish to honey beers...Anyway, I this beer turned out excellent. I've had light beer drinkers said they were surprised at how flavorful and drinkable this beer is. (1 week primary, 2 weeks secondary, 4 weeks bottle conditioned) I recommend this beer highly! Thanks! (Posted on 8/29/13)
A little Tame for me Review by Patrick
This is a good kit. It went together very easily. The results were a little too tame for me. There is not as much mouth feel as I expected. The beer had a very simple character. (Posted on 8/19/13)
my favorite Porter kit Review by Jimmie Ray
I Love this Honey Porter, Im actually ordering two more kits right now & can't wait to get them, thx NB for your great products (Posted on 8/12/13)
Second time Review by Rob
This is the second time around I am brewing this as I enjoyed it so much the first time around. Yes I do recommend this kit! (Posted on 7/26/13)
GREAT!!! Review by Alex
1st Homebrew. Easy Instructions and fantastic beer. Everyone loved it. (Posted on 7/23/13)
Over carbed, but still great! Review by Kevin
This was my second adventure into homebrewing and I'd say it came out great even if I've been seeing consistant over carbonation of the bottles. Next time I'll pull back on the priming sugar just a touch; maybe 3 oz instead of the full 5.

If I can make a recommendation to NB on this one. I would ship two muslin bags with this one due to the sheer amount of steeping grains for the start of the brew. That much just doesn't fit into one bag.

Agree with everyone about this one getting better with time. The flavors seem to just take a bit of time coming together, but its complex and wonderful! I may not like ANY of our Politicians...but I'll say our President picked someone who can brew some beer! (Posted on 6/15/13)
Popular Review by Cabin_Jim
I've brewed this kit twice - substituting local honey from Luray, Virginia, and adding some locally grown US Fuggle hops at the end of the boil. It is very popular with friends and co-workers...I'm going to make it my signature brew, with the mods. (Posted on 4/28/13)
Great extract beer Review by OxfordHomebrewersClub
Brewed this a couple months ago and have been drinking on it slowly. Incredibly smooth with great drinkability. Bottled into 160z Grolsch, 12oz bottle, and bombers, all with consistent carbing and flavor from 3oz priming sugar into a 5gal batch.

This is a GREAT beer to brew when its just too cold outside, and an overall bang-up kit beer. Ordering more even though I brew AG almost exclusively. (Posted on 3/3/13)
better if you wait....... Review by paul
initially i was a little disappointed after 1 week in the bottle. but after 3 or 4 weeks, WOW what a difference. very drinkable. now i want all the bottles back that i handed out to friends and co-workers. or i could just make more. (Posted on 3/2/13)
"Smoother than Guiness" Review by Kevanyon
I brewed this beer as my Christmas gift brew for friends and family. Actually had one of them tell me that it was, and I quote, "smoother than Guiness" I took that as a compliment and will brew this one again. (Posted on 1/30/13)
Excellent Porter Review by Fly Guy in VA
This is a very tasty and popular beer with my friends. Am currently got the second batch in my secondary and am brewing the White House Honey Ale this weekend. Our first batch of porter came out a bit foamy, but I think I overdid the sugar for bottle carbonation. Won't make that mistake again. Seems to get better with age, but after a month our supply ran out. Out of the 10-12 recipes I've tried, this is in the top 2-3. Will definitely enjoy this in the future. (Posted on 1/25/13)
Good porter, carb/cond problems Review by Sean
The beer itself was pretty awesome, a lot of people commented on how much they liked it. My only complaint is that even after 3 weeks in the bottle it wasn't as carbed as I expected it to be.

However, that's just a note for next time; I'll use a touch more priming sugar. (Posted on 1/24/13)
Yum! Review by Brian
It's been years since I did an extract brew, but with winter in full gear here in WI, I decided to simplify my brew day with this kit. I am quite pleased! This beer is currently going fast from my kegerator. It's a very nice porter, with just a hint of honey on the nose and finish. (Posted on 1/11/13)
Gets better as it ages Review by Matthew
I brewed this a few weeks before Christmas to have it ready for Christmas. It fermented for a solid week, then transferred to my secondary after 10 days and kept there for 11 more. Bottled and opened the first one after a week and carbonation was ok but not ready yet. Now it is three weeks in bottle an each one gets better than the last. Nice mild flavor without the heavy feeling on most porters. Maybe my second favorite beer (out of 10) that I have made from a kit. (Posted on 1/6/13)
Worth the next four years! Review by imaboutin
My new favorite brew. Until now I have stuck with the American wheat but as long as this is available I'll brew each to keep on hand. Spent 7 days in Primary and 8 in secondary, turned out awesome. Bought a turkey fryer to use as a brewer, let me tell you it speeds the brewing process and at $45 probably the best purchase I've made in years! Back to the beer, brew it... (Posted on 12/20/12)
Just isn't that good Review by Terrance
I have read the other reviews, and I have to scratch my head... this beer is ok. It's just ok, there is nothing special, it isn't amazingly flavorful, the hops aren't overly present, its moderate in the textbook definition of the word. If that is your thing, great!

It's drinkable, I give it to my friends who don't really care about good beer, and they think it's good beer. (Posted on 12/20/12)
Big hit at Holiday party Review by Tristan
I brewed this guy at the beginning of October, let it sit 2 weeks in Primary and a 4 weeks in Secondary (I know, it seemed long) but WOW did this come out great. 2 tips- use a yeast activator with the Wyeast pack that they provide, and add an extra pound of honey at the end of the boil. The honey taste really popped out at the start and it has a fantastic finish. I'll be buying this one again (Posted on 12/17/12)
Smooth porter Review by Coulee Brewer
Just bottled this one and can hardly wait for the real day of enjoying. Nice, smooth aroma and taste. The honey seems to hold the attention all the way through, but does not stand in the way of the grain and hops. Hops seem to cut down the sweet taste nicely adding the right amount of bitter to offset. (Posted on 12/11/12)
a bit sweet Review by Chris
i think that if i used the wyeast option, it would have been a four star instead of three, nottingham has a bad aftertaste in my opinion. overall thouigh, a good beer. malty, correct mouthfeel, but just too sweet. maybe some more time in the fermenter would have helped, but it says four weeks to be ready so i trusted that. (Posted on 12/11/12)
First brew - getting better with time Review by Mike
After years of watching from the sidelines, this recipe is what made me take the plunge into homebrewing. I wasn't too adventurous, and followed the directions to a tee. 1 week in primary, 1 week in secondary, and then I kegged it. When I first sampled it (too early), both my wife and I noticed a strong copper/metallic flavor (the hops?). This flavor has definitely mellowed out over the past several weeks. I shared some with one of my contractors today, and he said it was one of the best beers he has ever had (he had already been paid).

This one will definitely make its way into the rotation, but it may be a while before I get the others on my wish list out of the way. This hobby is addicting (and delicious)!

(Posted on 12/9/12)
The jury's still out Review by Mistakes were made
I just racked to secondary. O.G was 0.54 and 0.10 at secondary - seems right. It tastes like a very good ale at this point but it just doesn't taste like a porter?? Maybe 10 days in secondary and then kegging will kick it in. Did anyone else have this experience?? I hope to change the rating when all is said and done. Based on other reviews, I've had high hopes for this brew. (Posted on 12/6/12)
I vote YES for this beer Review by Rob
I just bottled my beer but of course filling my glass and tasting it to see how it turned out before carbonation. The results of the vote, yum! When brewing I thought there would be too much honey, nope it tastes nice and smooth with just the right amount of honey. I can’t wait for the bottles to carbonate now!

My OG was spot on 1.054 and FG was 1.010. While brewing the smells were fantastic! The color of the beer is beautiful!

I recommend this beer and will be brewing this one again.
(Posted on 11/25/12)
Yum Review by Jerred
I haven't had the finished product yet but as I was bottling this weekend the FLAT beer was AWESOME! Cannot wait for the final brew in a couple weeks!
(Posted on 11/22/12)
Now tasting after bottle conditioning Review by Roger C
This is as good as I thought it would be. I had to try one after just a week of bottle conditioning (keeping the rest set aside for Thanksgiving dinner) and this beer is really really good. I was afraid that the delicate honey taste that I was getting before bottling was going to be lost in the final product, but it is not. Definitely can taste the honey. Great malty, toasty aroma and flavor with a real sweetness at the end. I will make this again.... Nicely done, NB! (Posted on 11/17/12)
Quick, easy, tasted great! Review by Jason
I'm glad I chose this as my first beer. It was super easy to make and was thoroughly enjoyed by me and all of my friends who were lucky enough to get some before it was gone. (Posted on 11/17/12)
My favorite porter Review by Greg
I didn't know what to expect from this one, but it's already a hit. The first night we tapped the keg, the wife must have had five pints. Creamy head, nice roasted flavor and just enough hop flourish to keep it interesting. (Posted on 11/15/12)
Good drinkable beer Review by B S
Brewed up a batch of this for our election party. Primary for 2 weeks, secondary for 1, kegged at 35psi for two days, then dropped to serving temp.
Great taste, consistency and everyone loved it.
Used a Whyeast smack pack, activated and let it sit for 5 hours. Primary came out to 1.051, and final perfect. It's a little sweet for some folks, but that was just a tasting preference. Overall a top notch beer, thinking of getting another on the 15% sale. (Posted on 11/15/12)
I need to brew more! Review by Triple Threat Rancher
I made this to drink on election night, and had a hard time not drinking it all up before then! Porter is my favorite style of beer and this is one of the best porters I have ever tasted. Far better than those at my local brew pubs. I found it to be very ballanced with a clean dry finish. It has such a nice chocolatey nose. I still have a 12 pack I am trying to save for my birthday next week if I can hold out! If you like porter, you will love this beer. (Posted on 11/10/12)
Very Impressive Porter! Review by Stephen B.
I used a different honey than the one in the kit, mine had a leak on the way to Phoenix. Not an alteration from the original, since I did not have any honey made from Cherry Tree blossoms that line the Mall in DC in the kit in the first place. I used a raw unfiltered local honey from Black Canyon City, that was made from wild desert mountain flowers. It was very very dark and tasted like molases ....... it worked great. I did alter the hop additions, I could not see useing only half of the once of Hallertau when I had the other half left over. I used the other half for a flavoring addition, started at the 22 minute mark and then just slowly put some in every minute untill the 4 minute mark. OG was 1.062 and FG was 1.010 I am drinking them now after a month from the original brew day. This beer is the first beer I have made that I would put against any store bought porter is that good! If you like Sam Adams "Holliday Porter" ..... this one compairs!.... I am going to try this with an all grain batch next time, Cant wait to have a few November 6th 2012. (Posted on 10/30/12)
Just bottled - smells like heaven! Review by Fly Guy in VA
The next two weeks will be long as I await the first taste of the White House Honey Porter. I started to put the ingredients together as soon as the recipe hit the street and before I could order, NB comes out with the kit. No brainer, as I love the NB kits. Brewing this dark rich batch was enticing, with the giant 3 lb grain bag. Racking into the secondary was the second reminder of how good this is going to be. Bottling is the final tease before the main event. Can't wait. I'm reserving the fifth star for the actual tasting, but I have little doubt this one is a winner. I've done several batches of mead, so I have a soft spot in my heart for honey beers. (Posted on 10/26/12)
initial thoughts as I rack to the secondary Review by Roger C
This seems like it will be a very good beer, although I reserve the right to update my review after getting it into the bottle. My OG was right on the money at 1.054. I did not use a yeast starter on this and had great fermentation action within 12 hours. The krausen layer fell back into the beer and all signs of fermentation were gone in about 6 days. Now its in the secondary. This is dark with a nice malty, roasty aroma. The honey is a nice delicate flavor note, although I wonder if it might get lost in the carbonation after conditioning? I will let you know. Regardless, this is a good brew so far and I look forward to the truly finished product. (Posted on 10/24/12)
First Glass this evening Review by John
A very smooth and creamy brew. Nice flavor, fast and easy to make. (Posted on 10/18/12)
Happy Burbling! Review by Ken
I brewed this on Sunday, and did add 1-lb of DME. The O.G. came up to 1.064 and is happily burbling away in the cozy confines of its brewing blanket. It is burbling happily away with its brother the Holiday Brickwarmer Red. Will be taking those two on a holiday tour for Thanksgiving. (Posted on 10/16/12)
Where is the lb.? Review by Ken
I read the review by Harrison and I can't find a lb. of light dry malt extract. Although I am thinking of adding it to up the ABV there is no room in the kit box for an additional lb. of anything. Will be brewing this on this upoming Sunday!
Cheers! (Posted on 10/13/12)
Initial Thoughts Review by Adam
I brewed this 1 week ago and this is the first Porter that I have done. I was reading the last review for this and I think Harrison accidentally mixed up the White House Honey Ale with this one. I did not have 1 lb of dry malt extract and I ended up landing on 1.055 for OG. The Honey Ale does include 1 lb of dry extract. I just hope I didn't need a yeast starter. But those specialty grains smell like some good flavoring. I will update again at a later date. (Posted on 10/12/12)
Just brewed last night. Review by Harrison
I just brewed this one, and everything seems like it'll be a great beer. I did notice however that the O.G. on the instructions page may be wrong. It says 1.054, but in the ingredients list, it forgets to mention that the kit includes 1 lb. of light dry malt extract, and when added to the recipe, one could yield a beer ~1.070. This is what happened to me. I think it'll still be a good one though. (Posted on 10/7/12)

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