Beer Bread Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 9 reviews

Breads and Muffins Holiday Food Recipes St. Patrick's Day

Cook time Cook time: 1 hour

Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 09:01 pm

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!

Easy 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!

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:

  1. Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven and grease your loaf pan.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake: Put the dough in the loaf pan then, bake for an hour.
  4. Serve: Remove it from the pan then, allow it to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

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!

Can you freeze beer bread?

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

More St. Patrick’s day recipes:

Easy Beer Bread 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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Beer Bread Recipe

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!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 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)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl, next, add the beer and stir to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan.
  • Pour melted butter over mixture.
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, after which place bread on a wire rack to continue cooling.
  • Slice and serve.



Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 357IU | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 3mg
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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.



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.


Lisa D Wiley

I made this yesterday and it was killer! I added a tablespoon of fresh rosemary and an IPA beer made with pine needles, honey and lemon!


Julia Kulesa

I have made this recipe 3 times now. The first time, I used unsalted butter like the recipe says. The second time, I’d run out of unsalted, so I omitted the salt in the dough and used salted butter for the melted covering. Ummmm. The crunchy, salty crust was AMAZING. Needless to say, I will be using salted butter going forward. Thank you for this super simple and amazingly tasty recipe.


Dawn Marchenko

Could this be made in a muffin pan? I would like to make this for a tea party I'm hosting and thought it would be good with clotted cream and jam in muffin form.


Yes, just bake for around 25-30 minutes.


Shari Lynn Japic

Fantastic and quite simple bread to make!


so happy that you liked it, thank you for the feedback!


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wonder if would go with lamb stew or crap meat dip?


yes, it will be delish


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