A few months ago the White House released the recipe for the President’s home-brewed beer. It’s a honey ale made with honey from the White House’s own hives. Instantly, you could buy kits to make Obama’s beer yourself. While I left the beer making to someone else, I do like to cook with beer, so I headed for my kitchen. (In 2011, Greg Kitsock at the Washington Post had a great piece on the history of presidential beer making. Read it.)
The honey ale is rich, sweet, and malty, so I thought it would hold up well with something salty and smokey. I had also been craving split pea soup for this dreary weather and this was the perfect opportunity for a variation. Chop each of these ingredients, adding them to a hot soup pot as you chop the next item: 4 bratwursts, 1 onion, 2 carrots, 1 heart of celery. After 10-15 minutes on the heat, add one bag of green split peas, a 12-ounce bottle of Obamabeer, or whatever flavorful brew you have on hand, 6 cups of chicken stock, and 3 cups of water. After bringing it to a boil, simmer 40 minutes or until the peas are tender.
The beer does not disappear in the soup and it was a perfect companion to the brats. A bit of the biergarten without the kraut. Oh, and Obama’s there.