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Like most of the United States, we’ve put that whole IHOB public relations debacle behind us and headed back to IHOP for a stack of pancakes and some hash browns.  But IHOP doesn’t just make diner food anymore – the company is preparing to create its own beer. Earlier this week, the California-based restaurant announced the release of IHOPS Pumpkin Pancake Stout, a limited-edition, fall-inspired craft beer brewed by Keegan Ales.

This isn’t like other stouts and it’s definitely not like other pumpkin enhanced stouts that are released this time of year.  Pumpkin Pancake Stout was inspired by the chain’s newest promotional menu: Pumpkin Spice pancakes, which is made with real pumpkin, Cinn-A-Stack pancakes and the ultimate mash-up, Pumpkin Cinn-A-Stack, which are now available for a limited time at IHOP Restaurant’s nationwide.  Founded in 2003, Keegan Ales has quickly become a staple in New York’s Hudson Valley and will now bring breakfast aficionados and beer fans alike a rich, smooth stout containing pumpkin and seasonal flavors and the great taste of a stack of IHOPS World Famous Buttermilk pancakes.  Keegan Ales certainly knows a thing or two about brewing stouts, as it’s the home of one of “The Top Ten Stouts In North America” according to the New York Times. The small brewery currently brews six beers and seems to be juiced for this partnership.

“We’re excited to partner with IHOP on this first-of-its-kind brew and bring fans a unique craft beer that blends the deep, roasted flavors of our stout with hints of pumpkin, vanilla, and IHOP’s iconic pancake batter,” said Tommy Keegan, Founder of Keegan Ales, in a statement.  “Being able to showcase it at the Bacon and Beer Classic was the perfect launch pad – nothing elevates breakfast or bacon better than pancakes. Now fans can get the taste of IHOP’s famous fall pancakes in a beer.”

Unfortunately, this special brew will not be available for purchase at the restaurants, which is a real bummer.  The only way to get your hands on some this September and October is at select bars and festivals across the New York tri-state area.  It will make its debut this Saturday, September 29 at the Bacon and Beer Classic beer classic at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.  If you’re determined, you can find a complete list of spots serving short stacks of this stout by checking out IHOP’s website.