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Beer Bread

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With only a handful of simple ingredients, this easy and delicious beer bread recipe has so much flavor and will surely become a favorite.
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  1. Beer Bread Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Beer Bread Recipe
  3. How to Serve
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This beer bread recipe yields an easy quick bread that is flavored with your favorite kind of beer. Baking bread doesn’t get much easier because there’s no kneading or yeast, and the best part of all, no rising time, and you end up with a finished product that has a delicious buttery crust and amazing flavor!

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Beer Bread Ingredients

Beer Bread raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 12 ounces of beer, light in color
  • ¼ cup salted butter melted

PRO TIP:

You can adjust the flavor of this bread based on the type of beer you use.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BEER: Because the beer you use in your beer bread recipe will have a significant effect on the loaf you make, choose a beer that matches your tastes. A light-bodied beer will make a bread with a lighter flavor compared to a dark beer or stout. Some suggestions are:

  • Guinness is for stout lovers
  • If you’re an IPA (India pale ale) lover, use Harpoon IPA
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon is good for those who like a lager
  • Brown ale lovers should try Newcastle
  • If you like Belgian beer, Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company is the one for your bread
  • Oarsman Ale from Bell’s Brewery is the best for sour beer lovers

CHEESE: Take this basic beer bread to the next level by mixing cheddar cheese into the bread batter before transferring it to the pan.

How To Make This Beer Bread Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

This homemade beer bread recipe will make one loaf, but you could always double or triple it to make more.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray

STEP TWO: Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a large bowl.

PRO TIP:

Sifting the flour is the most important part of this whole recipe. The bread will be lighter and airier if sifted. If not sifted, then it will be a denser bread.

flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar added to a bowl

STEP THREE: Pour the beer into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir to combine. The mixture will be sticky.

a glass of beer poured into the dry ingredients in the bowl then stirred until combined

STEP FOUR: Transfer the bread mixture to the greased loaf pan. Use a spoon to spread the bread mixture out to edges while leaving it somewhat uneven on the top to give it a more rustic bread look when it’s done cooking.

bread mixture spread into a loaf pan

STEP FIVE: Pour melted butter over the bread mixture and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 1 hour, uncovered.

PRO TIP:

Check the bread at 50 minutes of cook time. If it is too brown on the top, cover with aluminum foil for the remaining 10 minutes.

melted butter poured over the bread mixture in the loaf pan

STEP SIX: Remove from the oven and let bread cool for 15 minutes. Serve with butter, honey, and jam.

PRO TIP:

The top of the loaf will be buttery and crunchy after it’s done cooking.

Beer Bread after being baked in a loaf pan

How to Serve

There are so many delicious things that you can serve with homemade beer bread. A bowl of soup or chili goes particularly well to help you mop up all the liquid. Our favorite soups include this hamburger soup and crack chicken noodle soup!

Any kind of dips and spreads go well with homemade beer bread. I particularly like hot buffalo chicken dip or spinach artichoke dip.

If you are looking for more quick bread recipes, check out our pumpkin banana bread and rhubarb bread.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: You can keep your homemade bread fresh for a few days when sealed in plastic wrap and stored at room temperature.

IN THE FREEZER: Beer bread can be frozen if you want to keep it for longer and don’t intend to eat it right away. 

When you freeze beer bread, I recommend that you slice it first. Once you have cut the beer bread up, place baking paper between the slices so they don’t freeze together. The best way to freeze this loaf is to wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a plastic freezer bag to keep it extra fresh.

a slice of Beer Bread with butter spread on it on a plate

This easy beer bread recipe uses beer to create a fluffy loaf with a delicious texture. Something so novel but so tasty will surprise and impress all your guests, whether they are beer lovers or not. This just might become your new favorite quick bread!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does it matter what kind of beer I use?

Choosing a beer is up to your personal preference. Both a dark beer and a lighter beer would work well in this easy recipe. The flavor of the bread will change slightly depending on the beer flavor you choose.

Can I freeze this bread?

This easy no-knead bread recipe can be frozen for up to three months stored in a freezer bag or airtight container.

Can I use whole wheat flour in this recipe?

While we have not tried a version with whole wheat flour, we don’t see any reason why you couldn’t give this a try.

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Beer Bread

5 from 7 votes
With only a handful of simple ingredients, this easy and delicious beer bread recipe has so much flavor and will surely become a favorite.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 12 ounces beer, light in color
  • ¼ cup salted butter, melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Butter or spray the inside of a 9×5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour the beer into the bowl with dry ingredients. Stir to combine. The mixture will be sticky.
  • Transfer the bread mixture to the loaf pan. Use a spoon to spread bread mixture out to edges while leaving it somewhat uneven on the top to give it a more rustic look when it’s done cooking.
  • Pour the melted butter over the bread mixture and place it in the preheated oven.
  • Cook for 1 hour, uncovered.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with butter, honey, and jam.

Notes

  • You can adjust the flavor of this bread based on the type of beer you use.
  • This homemade beer bread recipe will make one loaf, but you could always double or triple it to make more.
  • Sifting the flour is the most important part of this whole recipe. The bread will be lighter and airier if sifted. If not sifted, then it will be a denser bread.
  • Check the bread at 50 minutes of cook time. If it is too brown on the top, cover with aluminum foil for the remaining 10 minutes.
  • The top of the loaf will be buttery and crunchy after it’s done cooking.

Nutrition

Sodium: 340mg | Calcium: 76mg | Vitamin A: 177IU | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 215mg | Cholesterol: 15mg | Calories: 265kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 6g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 44g | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Tracey says

    Oh my!! I just made this and it’s GREAT!!! My house smells good and the bread taste awesome. I used Budweiser beer. It’s very sweet tasting. Mine came out a little crumbly. Any suggestion on what I need to do?

    • June says

      I just spotted the bread recipe today and I want to make it. I want to make a second version by adding some grated cheddar. I figure 1 cup should work. That is a future experiment. It would be great with chilli.

  2. Anna says

    Hi. I and my grandson love bread. Can this recipe be made to taste salty and buttery instead of sweet?

  3. Robert Sawyer says

    5 stars
    I make mine with pumpkin head beer and cinnamon in the fall and citrus ale and orange/line zest in the spring. Very tasty and easy.

  4. Iseult DeVile says

    5 stars
    Made it today, half loaf is already gone! I’ll try it with black beer as well to see how it effects the smell and flavour… By the way I used light brown sugar and the sweetness in the crust was amazin’!

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