Beer Bread Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 8 reviews

Beer Bread is a soft and flavorful bread that can be made with your favorite type of beer! With just a few ingredients, this recipe is foolproof! Also, watch the recipe video attached and see how easy this is to make!

Bread-lover or not, you will surely love this recipe. It is easy, simple, and made with just a handful of ingredients! I like to pair it with Ham and Bean Soup, Wendy’s Chili, or Hot Cheesy Crab Dip!

Image of homemade beer bread loaf.

Beer Bread Recipe

Beer Bread is so simple that it takes only an hour of baking and uses about seven ingredients or less! Make this as part of your regular menu rotation especially during the soup season. Also, this is a great recipe to enjoy during St. Patrick’s day! It is a nice side dish to serve with almost any kind of soup, dip, or meaty main dishes.

Beer is an effective baking ingredient. It helps the dough rise as it helps sustain the leavening, just like what buttermilk or yogurt does in other recipes. Also, it lends a bit of its flavor to the end product.

I have a stash of this beverage hiding at the back of my fridge and I thought of this recipe. I would not need much of it but this recipe is a nice way of consuming alcohol without getting intoxicated!

Image of ingredients for beer bread poured into a baking loaf.

What is Beer Bread?

It is a kind of bread that has the beer as the support for the leavening agent which is the baking powder in this recipe. Aside from these two ingredients, we also add sugar and salt into the flour to make the dough. Then, melted butter is added.

It is very popular during St. Patrick’s day but it can be enjoyed year-round. 

That is the simplest recipe for this. If you want to boost the flavor, add in more ingredients like herbs and aromatics.

What beer is best for Beer Bread?

Any kind will do. But I recommend that you use something that you consume yourself. It will slightly taste it so make sure that what you put in the dough is something that you like.

How to make Beer Bread:

For a quick step by step guideline, please watch the video tutorial attached above. But the general steps are as follows:

  • Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven and grease your loaf pan.
  • Make the dough: In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Once thoroughly mixed, stir in the beer. Pour the melted butter all over the dough.
  • Bake: Put the dough in the loaf pan then, bake for an hour.
  • Serve: Remove it from the pan then, allow it to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

Photo of sliced homemade beer bread.

Recipe Variations

For the melted butter, you can opt to mix it in for a softer outcome. But when poured over the top, a nice crust is formed. You can also add toppings like poppy seeds or cheese before putting it in the oven.

Here are some suggested add-ins that you can mix along with the dry ingredients when you make the dough:

  • sautéed onions and garlic
  • shredded cheese
  • sundried-tomatoes and pesto
  • parmesan and cheese
  • crumbled bacon
  • browned ground beef or sausage

Can you make Beer Bread in advance?

Yes! It stays fresh for up to 3 days given that it is wrapped in plastic. Store it at room temperature. You can even freeze it!

How to freeze it:

The first step is to slice it. Then, put parchment paper in between the slices and put them inside a plastic bag. Then, double wrap by putting the bag inside a freezer bag.

Beer bread image on a cutting board.

More St. Patrick’s day recipes:

Recipe Tips:

  • Use self-rising flour in place of the flour and eliminate the use of baking powder and salt.
  • When preparing the flour, spoon it in the measuring cup and level the top. This way, you will be using just enough and not compact it. Because if you simply use the cup to scoop it out, you will be using too much and results will be tougher than expected. You can also sift it first.
  • You can also roll out the dough and bake it in a pizza pan to make a crust!

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5 from 8 reviews
Beer Bread Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 10 slices
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 cups  all-purpose flour  (sifted)
  • 3 teaspoons  baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/4 cup  white sugar 
  • 1/4 cup  brown sugar 
  • 12 ounce  can beer  (use your favorite)
  • 1/2 cup  unsalted butter  (melted)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl, next, add the beer and stir to combine.
  3. Pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan.
  4. Pour melted butter over mixture.
  5. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, after which place bread on a wire rack to continue cooling.
  7. Slice and serve.
Calories: 262 Carbohydrates: 38 Protein: 3 Fat: 11 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 24 Sodium: 319 Potassium: 228 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 10 Vitamin A: 357 Calcium: 107 Iron: 3
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Amber Myers

I know I'd love this! I am all about fresh bread. I can't wait to try this out.

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Tasheena

I never made or had beer bread before. Looking forward to giving this recipe a try. It looks really flavorful.

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Mitchell A Chaitin

This sounds delicious and so easy to make! I have never made bread, I think I can use the same thing I make my meatloaf in, buying flour tonight!

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Terri Steffes

We love beer bread and love taking it with us when we go to dinner at a friend's house. The perfect accompaniment for any type of food.

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Mama Maggie's Kitchen

I never really tried Beer Bread before but this sounds really delicious. My husband might like to have a bite of this.

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Lisa Martin

I have never made bread because it always seemed too difficult, but the taste of fresh bread cannot be beat! This looks pretty simple. I will be giving it a try!

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Lynndee

I love freshly baked bread. They are the best. I haven't had beer bread before though. I'd love to give it a try.

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Ruth I

I love eating bread but never heard of this. I am so curious of the taste. I need to try this recipe!

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Tiffany La Forge-Grau

This bread looks so thick and rich. I would really love to start baking more things like this.

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Amy H

We've made beer bread once - and my son thought it was so great. The fact that it was made with beer!

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Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

Truthfully, I've never tried this and now, I really want to. It looks very moist and rich. The name itself makes me want to try it. I'll let you know when I make it.

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Melanie

I adore beer bread, but I’ve never made it from scratch. This recipe sounds delicious and the perfect compliment to the soup I had planned this week.

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Danielle

Made this tonight...it was amazing!

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Any directions for making this in a bread machine? It looks awesome

Any directions for making this in a bread machine? It looks awesome

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This recipe is soooo easy, you don't even have to use a bread machine.

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Gina

Can this be used as sandwich bread? Or used to make things like grilled cheese, French toast, etc?

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Definitely great for sandwiches and grilled cheese, not as much for french toast.

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Heidi

This was so delicious! Going to make a double batch today!

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happy that you liked it

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Pat

I have a beer bread recipe I have made several times we love it. In my recipe you pour the butter on top as stated in your recipe which makes a more dense bread but for a softer beer bread you mix the butter in the bread when adding beer. I like both ways but am partial to the softer version. I’m assuming even if adding cheese etc. I can still mix the butter in.

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laura

I have a loaf baking right now. Second time I have made this in a week. Very good. The beer is not overpowering which is good becasue I dont like beer, However since yeast is hard to come by these days I wanted to try this. I tossed some chedder herbs and garlic in this batch. I think it will be quite lovely.

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