Friday, September 18, 2015

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale Pancakes

A few days ago I had the pleasure of meeting Dan Kopman of Schlafly Brewery. He came to our monthly beer club meeting at Lakeshore Beverage to discuss their famous Pumpkin Ale. If you're not familiar with Schlafly, they're a Saint Louis brewery that opened about 22 years ago. Their goal was to simply make great beer and food in a fun atmosphere that could be enjoyed by the community. Today those goals remain unchanged. They are now Missouri's largest locally-owned independent brewery. They brew over fifty unique styles of fresh beer every year, roughly half of which is bottled and the other half is exclusively available on draft at their brewery-restaurants.

As fall rolls around you being to see Pumpkin Spice Everything. Coffee, donuts, lotion, there seems to be no end to the items people have turned into a fall favorite. This rings true for beers as it seems everyone jumped on the bandwagon to make their own version of the pumpkin spiced brew. The folks at Schlafly, however, have been perfecting their recipe for over a decade. They didn't just settle on "flavoring" their beer but rather uses actual pumpkin and spices during the brewing process. Basically, its like they melted down a pumpkin pie and tossed in the vats of beer before bottling (or at least that's what your taste buds will think as you take your first sip).

I have to say, I'm a huge fan of pumpkin everything (when done right) so I was pretty excited to get to take a few bottles home with me. One of my favorite breakfast foods are pancakes and I had a craving for some pumpkin flavored pancakes so I decided to use my Pumpkin Ale and goodness gracious - they were some of the best I've ever had! They're super fluffy and moist, you'll love them :)

 What you'll need:
1 cup Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup sifted all purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix the dry ingredients first in a large bowl. Pour in the egg, melted butter and beer. Stir with a whisk (doesn't need to be totally blended, a few lumps are fine).

Heat up a griddle or skillet on medium and coat with cooking spray. Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the griddle for each pancake. When you see bubbles at the top, flip to the other side and cook until its browned. Enjoy!

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