Why should I add beer to a pancake recipe?

It sounds like madness we know but, as we are always trying to find new ways to incorporate beer into various dishes, we tried to make some delicious pancakes with beer. It turns out that beer is a great ingredient!

The beer's carbonation makes the pancake light and fluffy with the depth of flavour from the beer giving a little touch of spice. For those that want to avoid dairy, or forgot to pop to the shops, this recipe is very simple as the milk is simply replaced by beer.

What beer should I use?

Different beers will give a different twist to the pancake so there’s not really a right or wrong answer - we recommend trying a few out to see which you prefer!

From our kitchen experimentation, we found a few of our range make fantastic additions to our recipe: 

  • If you fancy pancakes with something fruity, then you should go for a cider, such as Orchard Thieves which will add a fruity sweetness to your batter.
  • For those looking for a stronger beer flavour, we recommend trying a Blonde like Affligem Blonde which will certainly pack a punch!
  • For blueberry pancakes, go for a white, wheaty beer like Edelweiss Wheat. You'll get flavour hits of clove and banana from the weizen yeast with a slight tartness from the blueberries, balancing well with any sweet toppings you are craving...especially if you use maple syrup.
  • Or if you want to keep it simple and use the classic lemon and sugar topping, then you can replace the milk in the pancake batter with a light lager such as Tiger or Amstel. They're classics for a reason, so if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Always remember, the best (and also the most fun) method is to try it yourself and just experiment!

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Main Ingredients (makes enough for 4 people)

  • 350g of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg (or 1 ripe banana)
  • 350ml of beer (any of our suggestions)
  • 175g of sugar and a pinch of salt

Optional toppings: anything you can think of!

Who's ready to get flipping?

Get your ingredients here

German Wheat Beer | 5.3% | 8 Litres

£ 38.99

Lager | 4.1% | 8 Litres

£ 33.99

Blond Beer | 6.7% | 8 Litres

£ 40.99

Cider | 4.5% | 8 Litres

£ 35.99

Cider | 4.0% | 8 Litres

£ 35.99
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Recipe for Beer Pancakes

  • Add all the dry ingredients together, as well as the beer and whisked egg (or banana for a vegan option. Stir the batter until there are no lumps left.

  • Heat up a splash of oil in the pan and pour some batter onto the pan on a medium heat. 

  • Flip it after about 2-3 minutes on the other side. Remember that looks aren't everything - they will taste delicious all the same! You will find the rhythm that works for you, so the first one will always be a bit less photogenic. Once it is done, put on a plate and cover with tin foil to keep warm whilst you make the rest. 

  • Once all are made, just add the toppings and enjoy your beery pancakes!

SUB Kegs for beer pancakes

Beers for delicious pancakes

Blond Beer | 6.7% | 2 Litres

£ 11.99

Lager | 5.0% | 2 Litres

£ 9.59 £ 8.15

German Wheat Beer | 5.3% | 2 Litres

£ 11.29