Eating a full breakfast with your beer can be filling, and is an undeniably fiscally irresponsible practice. So why not cut out the middleman and get beer infused with an entire breakfast instead? At least that's the idea behind Dogfish Head's newest beer, an as-yet-unnamed stout infused with maple syrup, coffee, applewood-smoked barley, lactose, and... SCRAPPLE?!
Now, you'll have one of three possible reactions to this news: 1) "Hooray, scrapple!", 2) "Ew, scrapple!", or 3) "I don't know what scrapple is, so someone needs to explain that to me right away so I can choose one of the other two reactions."
Well, dear reader, scrapple is a breakout breakfast meat from the Mid-Atlantic region (primarily New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania). It's essentially pork scraps that are combined with cornmeal or flour, formed into a loaf, and fried -- it's kind of a cousin to SPAM and meatloaf. Brewery founder Sam Calagione decided to put 25lbs of the stuff in the beer as a tribute to the state of Delaware.
Unfortunately (for those of you with adventurous beer palates), it'll only be available at their brewpub for a Beer for Breakfast event, but maybe some strong buzz can get it placed on the national market.
Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and wishes he lived in Delaware right now. Whoa. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.