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    filed under: Bread on August 16, 2018

    This Beer Bread recipe is not only simple, it is out of this world delicious! Follow my tricks to make an out-of-this-world Beer Bread! I promise it will be the only recipe you will ever need!

    Beer Bread

    Beer Bread

    I made no less than 10 different beer bread recipes before coming back to the basics. This recipe is based on one my grandma made in the 1970’s using Schmidt’s beer. No one ever told me it had beer in it, and I certainly never asked! But I do remember it having the most amazing unique flavor that I never experienced at home. I always thought grandma just had a special magic when it came to baking. (Truth is, I think she does!)

    Beer Options

    We liked IPA beers the best, but here are our favorites:

    Surly Furious IPA

    Eddyline Brewery Epic Day

    Blue Moon Pacific Apricot Wheat

    Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest

    Pikes Peak Brewing Co. Elephant Rock IPA

    One amazing thing about beer bread is that it can be changed depending on the season. Try a pumpkin, apple, or honey flavored beer for an extra flavor punch. I haven’t tried Guinness Beer Bread, but I hear that it is fabulous.

    Beer Bread Recipe

    Beer Bread Recipe

    When I visited grandma and she generously shared her recipe with me, we talked about why she did it the way she did. She actually used lard instead of butter as it was more economical and readily available. (They didn’t have much and always made use of what they had!) She would place the lard on top of the beer bread before placing in the oven. I found that fascinating and asked her why… she said ‘because that’s how my mom did it’. Fair enough!

    I also listed salt as optional in this recipe. We love a saltier bread and even sprinkled some sea salt over the finished product! You can certainly omit the salt if you prefer.

    Easy Beer Bread Recipe

    Sugar in Beer Bread

    Grandma also didn’t add sugar to hers, so I am leaving that out of the recipe. However, it is an important ingredient depending on the beer you use.

    I started with an IPA beer and found that no additional sugar was needed. The power of that beer was enough to properly flavor the beer bread. I eventually ended up using a Miller Lite in the recipe (as we like to drink the IPA too and were out!) and didn’t think the bread was as flavorful. So I added 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and LOVED how it turned out. You can add anywhere from 1-4 tablespoons in this beer bread recipe, and it should be done according to your tastes.

    If you prefer a sweeter beer bread but don’t want to use granulated sugar, you can use honey! About 1/4 cup works best in the recipe I have shared below.

    How to Make Beer Bread

    Butter and Beer Bread

    Butter matters! After making a zillion beer bread recipes I found that I liked a SALTED butter and that it should be as organic as possible. Dark in color and rich in flavor. If I was going to try and replicate what lard did in grandma’s recipe, I needed to make sure that I was using a high-quality butter! One of our favorites was an Amish salted butter that I found at the co-op. I also loved Challenge Butter!

    The BEST Beer Bread

    Flavor Options for Beer Bread

    As you will see from my base recipe, beer bread is one of those breads that can be easily customized to fit your tastes.

    Beer Cheese Bread:

    Add 1 to 1 1/4 cups cheddar cheese to the batter. I like to reserve about 1/4 cup to spread over the top of the bread before baking. You can also add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and dried rosemary to kick it up a notch!

    Apple Beer Bread:

    Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 cup of chopped apple, and use an apple flavored beer. Try adding an apple butter for over-the-top amazing flavor!

    Chocolate Beer Bread:

    Add in 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (plus more for sprinkling over the top), use 1/4 cup of brown sugar, and a chocolate flavored beer.

    The sky is the limit when it comes to making beer bread! What is your favorite flavor?

    Here is a video on how I made this Beer Bread. I used Coors for this version.

    4.91 from 11 votes
    Beer Bread
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    45 mins
    Cooling Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    50 mins
     

    The only Beer Bread Recipe you will ever need! It's all about the beer (of course) and the butter! 

    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: beer bread
    Servings: 12 slices
    Calories: 187 kcal
    Author: Amanda
    Ingredients
    • 3 cups (330g) sifted all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons salt optional
    • 1 (12-ounce) can beer room temperature
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 113g) salted butter cold
    Instructions
    1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Prepare a glass loaf pan with butter or pan-release. (If you don't have glass try and use a light colored pan as a dark pan might bake the edges too quickly.)
    2. In a bowl add the flour, baking powder, and salt. (add the sugar here if using)
    3. Whisk dry ingredients together.
    4. Pour in the beer and stir all ingredients until just combined and there are no dry parts. The batter will be thick.

    5. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and smooth out if needed.
    6. Cut the butter into slices (roughly tablespoon size) and place on top of the raw batter evenly.
    7. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the bread is golden brown on top. There should be about 1/2 inch of melted butter bubbling at the bottom. (I start checking at 35 minutes and my bread is usually done. I have a convection oven.)

    8. Allow to cool on the counter for about 5 minutes or until all of the butter in the bottom of the pan is soaked back up into the bread.

    Recipe Video

    Recipe Notes

    **If using granulated sugar you can use 1-4 tablespoons. The use of sugar is based on the type of beer used and your preferences. When using a lite beer I used 2 tablespoons and found it to be sweet enough. If you prefer a sweeter beer bread use all 4 tablespoons.

    **I listed salt as optional. We love how to brings out the flavor but again, it really depends on what kind of beer you use. 

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    Does most of the alcohol bake out when baked?

      Yes, the alcohol bakes out. Just the flavor remains!

    You mentioned using 1-4 tsp of sugar, but there was no sugar listed in the ingredients.

      Sugar in Beer Bread
      Grandma also didn’t add sugar to hers, so I am leaving that out of the recipe. However, it is an important ingredient depending on the beer you use.

      I started with an IPA beer and found that no additional sugar was needed. The power of that beer was enough to properly flavor the beer bread. I eventually ended up using a Miller Lite in the recipe (as we like to drink the IPA too and were out!) and didn’t think the bread was as flavorful. So I added 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and LOVED how it turned out. You can add anywhere from 1-4 tablespoons in this beer bread recipe, and it should be done according to your tastes.

      If you prefer a sweeter beer bread but don’t want to use granulated sugar, you can use honey! About 1/4 cup works best in the recipe I have shared below.

    How could I do this with almond flour

    I’ve made this for many years using self rising flour, sugar, and Budweiser beer – have to support the Clydesdales!
    Sometimes add grated cheddar and garlic powder, or more sugar, cinnamon, and raisins or dried cranberries.

    Saw this posted earlier and right away went to make it. Changed it up a bit. Used 330g of self raising flour instead of flour and baking powder. And I added garlic powder, shredded cheddar and some sun-dried tomatoes that needed using! It was great with the chilli we had, thank you!

    Soy de Venezuela y le doy mil veces las gracias por esta idea fabulosa, ya que la misma no necesita tanto ingredientes y que en la situación que nos encontramos en mi país si se consigue para hacer esta receta pero muy caro, es una opción grandioso porque son pocos ingredientes, la voy a poner en practica una vez que tenga los ingredientes para darle un gustazo a mi nietecita que le encanta el pan y felicitaciones por tan grande recetas que describe estoy emocionada. Su abuelita era un ángel en su cocina que Dios la tenga en el cielo, así le dicen a un Chef aquí en Venezuela “Un Ángel en su cocina”

    What size bread pan did you use?

    Made it exact except did the apple beer bread and at 45 minutes it was still with a gooey center, is that normal? I live in wisconsin.

      Nope, it should be cooked through! You might have hot spots on your oven. If you test it and it’s brown on top but not cooked in the middle you can tent with with foil and continue cooking.

    Can you use a dark beer for this bread? That’s only kind of beer my husband will drink.

      I used a dark beer one time and did not like the flavor. The taste was too strong of beer and somewhat bitter. Because my husband also likes a dark beer I buy just a regular beer to make the bread.

    Can this bread be cooked in the crock pot

    Can you use wheat flour as my husband is diabetic.

    Is there a reason why this recipe won’t print?

    your recipes are not print friendly – I don’t need pages of the intro or pages of reviews – not difficult to add a “Print” option.

      Hi Elizabeth- the PRINT button is in black directly underneath the photo of the beer bread. Right in the recipe! So if you look at the ingredients then let your eye move to the right a tad, you should see it. Thanks for reading!

    Wow! easiest fastest bread recipe i have found and super satisfying. So good with stew!!! I used Longboard Island Lager. After a few loafs i prefer a little less butter(1/4 cup) and a little less salt (1 tsp)Be sure to liberally butter your baking dish!

      Love that you made the recipe exactly how YOU like it Doug!!! (Sounds amazing too) I am going to need to try that Longboard Island Lager! 🙂

    Just finished baking this Beer Bread, I followed the recipe using Blue Moon Honey Wheat Beer and add to Tablespoons of Swerve Sweetner. Can I just say WoW! This bread is fabulous and so easy, thank you for the recipe!

    Hey Amanda! I work for brewery in with the upcoming holidays I am super excited to use this recipe thanks so much for posting !! Quick question for you though, what size glass loaf pan would you recommend?

      Oooohhhhhh… I bet you are going to have the most flavorful beer bread with a brewery at your disposal! <3 I like a 9x5 pan for this recipe.

    Can I use my cast iron skillet to bake this?

      You could but it will definitely be flat!

        Could I put the butter in bread instead of on top

    I loved the beer bread shared it with my family and coworkers they loved it
    I want to make it again
    Thank you for sharing 😘🌹💐❤️🌺

    DE-LISH-OUS!!! Made it with room temp Budweiser and yellow cheddar. If you like Red Lobster cheddar biscuits you will Love this bread. Toasts great too (if you have any left)

    We are on a beer bread kick…made it the “regular” way first 2 times with different beers…tonight, experimented–one loaf with no sugar, Mrs. Dash garlic & herbs instead of salt and Colby/Jack shredded cheese (and Land Shark cause it’s what I had) Another loaf with no salt, 1/4 cup sugar plus a tbls cinnamon (used hard apple cider) Both were delicious!
    Thank you ( I also like the pats of butter rather than melting first like most…simplicity!

    In india we have kingfisher,turbo,heineken which one can i use

    Is there a glutten free version of this I could do? I have a buddy fighting cancer and is eating extremely clean, but wants to try this if i can make it glutten free.

    Hi Amanda,I printed off your Beer Bread and Lemon Bluberry cake …Had no trouble at allwith the printing… and am looking forward to trying both these recipes…love your page..

    Could you make it with hard cider instead of beer to impart a bit more apple flavor?

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