The Best Beer Bread

LAST UPDATED: Jun 13, 2019 | 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!
This beer bread recipe is so quick & easy that it's ready to go before your oven is preheated!

What is Beer Bread?

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.
Beer Bread 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! This Beer Bread recipe is made with the basics, flour, sugar and beer along with a touch of baking powder, minced garlic and 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!
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. This beer bread is always a hit and makes a great addition to a St. Patrick’s Day dinner 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.

What Kind of Beer to Use in a Beer Bread Recipe

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

Optional serving suggestion: pour a little melted honey butter on top to serve.

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.

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! Don’t forget to pin it to save this recipe for later!

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

What Readers are Saying About this Beer Bread Recipe

  • 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!”
Incredibly good {and easy} beer bread recipe!

Beer Bread

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.
4.75 from 20 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 10
Calories: 208kcal


  • 3 c flour sifted (not packed)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt optional
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 Tbsp butter melted
  • 12 oz beer


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine flour, baking powder & salt gently with a spoon. 
  • Add sugar, garlic, butter & beer. Mix well.
  • Pour into a greased loaf pan allowing room to compensate for rise. Bake 45 minutes.



Mix it up directly in the loaf pan for easy cleanup! 
Add a little honey butter. Okay, as much as you want. You’ve earned it.  You can get more easy recipes, effortless gift ideas and home decor inspiration here.
Suggested Beers:
  • Guinness 
  • IPA
  • Farmhouse Ale
  • Pale Ale
  • Brown Ale
  • Belgian


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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