GROESBECK (August 22, 2012) - After making a request under the federal Freedom of Information Act for President Obama's secret beer recipe, Limestone County Assistant District Attorney Brody Burks is grabbing the attention of media outlets across the country.
"I brew my own beer in my backyard. So I figured maybe I could learn a few things from our president," Burks said.
President Obama likes to brew his own personal "Honey Ale" at the White House and even uses honey from Michelle Obama's garden.
Burks, who’s a part of a home brewing community on Reddit.com, and he’s one of many eager to tap the president’s recipe, but he’s going about it differently from others who want the recipe.
"I saw what they were doing, and they were going about it all wrong," Burks said.
"They were filling out e-mails to the president or creating petitions that were only getting around 300 signatures when it needed 25,000."
Burks tried a more direct approach.
"So instead I did an open records request under the Freedom of Information Act," Burks said.
"The act was passed years ago. It's essentially a way to ask the federal government to give you a document, and if that document exists then they are required by law to give it to you."
Burks sent in his request on Monday, and uploaded a picture of the document with his personal information crossed out on Reddit.com.
Within a day, Burks' humorous FOIA request became an Internet sensation, generating articles on the websites of such organizations as CNN, Politico, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post.
"The best case scenario, was that there’s maybe a training manual or some instructions from one brewer to the next on how to brew the recipe," Burks said.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, The White House has ten days to at least respond to Burks’ request.
Until then Burks is keeping his fingers crossed.
"My beer is OK, but I would like to try the president's to see if it's any better."