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Sept. 3, 2012 at 6:30 AM
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White House reveals its beer recipe

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The White House says it has released the recipes for two varieties of honey-laced beer it has been brewing for President Obama.

Chef Sam Kass posted the how-to for White House Honey Brown Ale and Honey Porter on the White House blog in response to a petition from home brewers who were curious about the presidential potable.

One of the secret ingredients might be tough for hobbyists to duplicate. "All of our brews have honey that we tapped from the first ever bee-hive on the South Lawn," Kass wrote. "The honey gives the beer a rich aroma and a nice finish but it doesn't sweeten it."

The ales are the first beers ever created at the White House. Kass noted George Washington brewed beer, but that was at Mount Vernon before the White House was even built.

"Inspired by home brewers from across the country, last year President Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen," said Kass, who said the initial batches were made with recipes from a Washington brew shop with some fine-tuning from White House staffers who were already making their own suds at home.

ABC News said White House beer has been gaining a steadily higher profile since Obama debuted it at a presidential Super Bowl party last year. He now carries a supply of it when he travels and even offered a bottle to a voter in during a recent campaign appearance in Iowa.

Dutch building fails to collapse

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- An office building in the Netherlands, set to be demolished, failed to collapse after being blasted with 220 pounds of dynamite, officials said.

It was unclear how part of the Philips office block in Eindhoven withstood the blast, DutchNews.nl reported Saturday.

The construction company hired to level the building drilled 400 holes into the 230-foot-tall building and loaded it with 220 pounds of dynamite.

Nearby residents, who had been evacuated as a precaution, will now not be allowed back into their homes until further notice.

Kirby fans set bubble gum record

SEATTLE, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Nintendo fans gathered in Seattle to set a world record for the most people blowing chewing gum bubbles to mark the 20th anniversary of the "Kirby" video game.

Some 536 people came together at the PAX Prime video game conference Saturday to set a new Guinness World Records for the most people simultaneously blowing chewing gum bubbles that resemble the round, pink video game character Kirby, Nintendo of America said in a release.

"Kirby is no ordinary character, so it's not a surprise that his fans would go to extraordinary lengths to mark his 20th anniversary," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Nintendo is proud to have such a dedicated and enthusiastic following. Between this new world record and the upcoming launch of Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition, it's turning out to be one heck of an anniversary party."

Guinness World Records said the previous record holder for most people blowing bubbles with chewing gum was set by Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Oct. 27, 2010, with 304 participants.

Artist to bottle sweat as perfume

REJMYRE, Sweden, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- An American artist working in Sweden says he plans on collecting the sweat of Swedish glass-blowers and selling it to tourists as perfume.

Daniel Peltz, a conceptual artist from New York who is currently in residence at the Rejmyre Art LAB in eastern Sweden, said he hopes tourists who buy Swedish glass will also spend some of their money on his perfume, The Local.se reported Sunday.

"The glass-blower's sweat and work is something that tourists appreciate when they come here and look. So for me there isn't such a huge difference in selling the glass-blower's sweat and the finished glass," Peltz told the local Norrkopings Tidning daily newspaper.

Peltz is working with glass-blowers, who said they were happy to help out with the project.

"Very different. We normally strive after perfection, now it was about the process," said Elin Jonsson at Rejmyre glass works to the newspaper.

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