The Best Beer Bread

LAST UPDATED: Sep 10, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Oct 14, 2013 | By: Julie Blanner

The best Beer Bread is incredibly simple, made from staple ingredients. This beer bread recipe has a buttery crust and the perfect crumb. It’s a one dish, no fuss bread recipe that takes just 5 minutes hands on time!

Homemade beer bread recipe made from staple ingredients!

Entertaining doesn’t always have to be a big dinner full of dishes, all people really want is something to snack on, drinks, and great company. Just time your get together appropriately.

For us, it’s easier to have friends over after the girls go to bed, long after dinner, at 8:00. I usually serve snacks, like this incredible bread, and desserts for late evening gatherings.

This beer bread makes the easiest appetizer and there is rarely a crumb left! So, grab a few of your favorite craft beers and whip up a loaf in just a few minutes for an easy appetizer, last minute get together, game day entertaining.

It’s always a hit and makes a great addition to a St. Patrick’s Day dinner, Thanksgiving or game day watch party as well! Beer Bread is a foolproof homemade bread recipe.

It pairs well with honey butter and just about any kind of dip – especially Baked Artichoke Dip! Of course, it doesn’t need a thing – it’s so moist and delicious it can easily stand alone.

This beer bread recipe is so quick & easy that it's ready to go before your oven is preheated!

Beer Bread is an easy quick bread. Both bread and beer share the same ingredients which is why the two play so nice together. It is so rich in flavor.

The yeast in beer makes the bread rise while the alcohol from the beer evaporates leaving it’s incredible flavor. It can be made with just a few basic ingredients, though I add a few extra staples for an out of this world texture and taste!

Beer Bread Ingredients

  • Flour – All purpose.
  • Sugar – A touch of white granulated sugar.
  • Beer – You can mix this easy recipe up with your favorite beer or whatever you have on hand! The options are endless! Stouts, IPA’s, Wheats, Ales, oh my!
  • Baking Powder – The leavening agent that gives this bread the perfect crumb.
  • Minced Garlic – You can use fresh minced garlic, but I always use minced garlic purchased in the produce section of the grocery store. It adds incredible flavor, without the fuss!
  • Butter – I always use salted butter in all of my bread recipes, but if you don’t use salted butter, add a little salt. It’s listed as optional in the recipe.
Soft buttery beer bread in minutes - a foolproof quick bread recipe!

What Kind of Beer to Use in Beer Bread

You can use any beer in beer bread! Have fun with it and experiment! Each beer will change the flavor of the bread.

  • Guinness is a great beer for stout lovers and the perfect way to adapt this homemade bread recipe for St. Patrick’s Day!
  • IPA’s offer a lot of depth. Some of our favorites include Happy Camper, Dogfish 90 Minute, Bell’s Two Hearted. Try your favorite!
  • A farmhouse ale is also a delicious beer to integrate into a loaf of bread. My favorite is Boulevard Brewery’s Tank 7.

More beers to try in this easy beer bread recipe:

  • Pale Ale
  • Brown Ale
  • Belgian

Lighter beers like Coors Lite, Miller Light, Bud Light, etc can be used as well, but aren’t as flavorful.

Incredibly good {and easy} beer bread recipe!

How to Make Beer Bread

One of the many amazing things about this beer bread recipe is that you can mix it up directly in your loaf pan! Who doesn’t love a no fuss, less cleanup recipe?! To see how easy this recipe is, watch the video in the post. Don’t forget to check out the printable recipe below.

  1. Prep – Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Combine dry ingredients – flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Mix – Add granulated sugar, minced garlic (can substitute garlic powder in a pinch), melted butter and beer. Mix well.
  4. Bake – If you mixed it up in your loaf pan, bake 45 minutes – if not, pour the batter into your bread pan and bake.

Tips

  • Honey Butter – Optional serving suggestion: brush a little melted honey butter on top to serve.
  • Beer Muffins – While I like to use a classic loaf pan, you can also make it in a muffin tin for individual portions! Just reduce baking time.

Variations

  • Add grated cheese including cheddar or parmesan.
  • Add herbs.
  • Add veggies – onions or jalapeños are always a delicious addition.

Store

  • At Room Temperature – Covered in plastic wrap or in a ziplock bag up to 3 days.
  • Refrigerated – Covered in plastic wrap or in a ziplock up to 5 days. It will soften the crust and add to the beer flavor.
  • Freeze – Freeze covered in plastic wrap or foil and place in a freezer bag to prevent freezer odors from seeping in up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature before serving.

This Beer Bread recipe is completely adaptable! It’s so incredible as is, but I’ve adapted it to create an amazing Cheddar Beer Bread Recipe and even a Honey Beer Bread Recipe! It’s fun to mix it up.

Seriously, this is one of the easiest bread recipes you’ll ever make!

The best beer bread recipe - a no yeast quick bread recipe you can make in minutes!

What Readers are Saying

  • Ashley “I’m doing this recipe for the second time. It was a huge hit. Butter and honey on top and it’s carb heaven. I didn’t adjust anything about this recipe. It’s perfect.
  • Kate “I’m not going to lie, I was scared to try this but it came out perfect and it’s SO good!”
  • Elizabeth “We made it for our Super Bowl party. So delicious!”

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sliced beer bread on white platter with blue napkin

Beer Bread

Julie Blanner
Beer Bread is incredibly simple, made from staple ingredients in 5 minutes. This foolproof beer bread recipe has a buttery crust and the perfect crumb. The Best Beer Bread is one of my favorites and is perfect for late night entertaining.
4.84 from 31 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 208 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cup flour sifted (not packed)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt optional
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoon butter melted
  • 12 ounce beer

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease loaf pan.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add sugar, garlic, butter and beer. Mix well.
  • Pour into loaf pan allowing room to compensate for rise. Bake 45 minutes.

Video

Notes

Substitutions

  • Sugar – Naturally sweeten with 1/4 cup honey.
  • Beer – Guinness, IPA, Farmhouse Ale, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Belgian. You can use lighter beers as well, but they’ll offer less flavor.
  • Minced Garlic – You can use fresh minced garlic, but I always use minced garlic purchased in the produce section of the grocery store. 
  • Butter – I always use salted butter in all of my bread recipes, but if you don’t use salted butter, add a little salt. 

Variations

  • Add Cheese – Aged cheeses tend to work well with honey. Add 1 cup of freshly shredded parmesan, gruyere or cheddar to make a sweet and savory cheesy beer bread.
  • Add Herbs – Fold 1 tablespoon dried rosemary, thyme or sage into the batter just before baking.
  • Add Salt – Just before serving, brush the loaf with warm honey butter and use a grinder to add thick flakes of sea salt.
  • Make into Beer Muffins – While I like to use a classic loaf pan, you can also make it in a muffin tin for individual portions! Just reduce baking time.

Tips

  • Mix it up directly in the loaf pan for easy cleanup! 
  • Serve with honey butter
  • If you’re not a beer drinker, you can frequently find beers sold individually in your grocery store as well.  
  • Brush honey butter on top for a beautiful glisten and added flavor.

Store

  • At Room Temperature – Covered in plastic wrap or in a ziplock bag up to 3 days.
  • Refrigerated – Covered in plastic wrap or in a ziplock up to 5 days. It will soften the crust and add to the beer flavor.
  • Freeze – Freeze covered in plastic wrap or foil and place in a freezer bag to prevent freezer odors from seeping in up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition

Calories:208kcalCarbohydrates:34gProtein:4gFat:4gSaturated Fat:2gCholesterol:12mgSodium:276mgPotassium:170mgFiber:1gSugar:3gVitamin A:140IUVitamin C:0.2mgCalcium:62mgIron:1.8mg
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