Beer Bread

filed under: Bread on August 16, 2018

This Beer Bread recipe is not only simple, but it is also 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 Cut Into and Close up

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.

4.87 from 29 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 Rettke
  • 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
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Prepare a 9x5 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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  • CC RASCOE says:

    Love the beer bread recipe. What about using Killian Red? Thanks!

  • Cindy says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe for beer bread!

  • Debbi Heitstuman says:

    Have you tried making this in an Insta pot or Airfryer? That sounds delicious and I’m anxious to try it!

  • Mary says:

    Have you tried non-alcohol beer? Its the only kind of beer we have in the house….and were quarantined!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      That should work fine!

  • Kerry Loper says:

    I used to make beer bread years ago when I was a young adult. Oh probably 38 or so years ago. I lived in Washington with my brother in Spanaway WA a little town not far from Tacoma. We lived in a single wide mobile home. I remember his giving me a recipe he made and I think he got it from an old Army buddies wife. It was delicious. Of course that was many years ago and I for the life of me don’t remember the recipe. So thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to try it again. Be well!!

  • Alison Amburg says:

    This is a great & tasty recipe!! I have made a few recipes from I Am Baker & always wonderful ❤😊

  • Wanda Henley says:

    I want to make this bread, but has anyone used bread flour to make it?

  • Pinky says:

    So looking for a good beer bread. I don’t drink IPAs, have you used lite beer and what kind?
    Thank you. Can’t wait to try.
    Maricopa, Az


    I used to make beer bread years ago. Can’t find or remember the recipe now. Glad to see this one. anxious to try it.

  • Pat says:

    I have tried alot of your recipes and love them so going to give this one a a chance .thanks

  • Marilyn McAvoy says:

    I could use some Gulen free buns and bread and desserts.

  • Sandy says:

    Question: is it really 1 tablespoon of baking powder??

    • Amanda Rettke says:


  • Selania says:

    Is sugar required? I did not see it in the actual ingredients when I was preparing the dough.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      You might be okay without it. 🙂

  • Pamela K Schroeder says:

    Can you use bread flour Instead of all purpose flour?

    • Amanda Rettke says:


  • Gordon Reed says:

    I followed this receipt to the letter but they failed to warn you about the butter on top while cooking drips down into you oven. The other beer bread recipes I have tried tells you to melt the butter, pour some into pan first then pour some on top before you bake it. I will no longer use this recipe. The rating I would give is ZERO

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      The butter does not pour into the oven if you use the correct size pan. I am sorry you want to rate a delicious recipe a zero because you didn’t enjoy that one aspect. It’s a fantastic recipe.

  • Kelly says:

    Can I use a cold beer and warm butter? Lol

  • Patricia says:

    Just tried this for the first time today. Taste is awesome! Unfortunately the only thing I had available were expanding loaf pans and I forgot how easily the liquids will leak but as soon as I detected my error I placed the loaf pan in a large flat baking pan to finish the baking process. I will definitely make this again! Thank you for the recipe!

  • Catharine says:

    This is a great option now when yeast can be hard to find at the store. Any changes I would make to the recipe are to adjust for the type of pan I have and my oven. Looking forward to making a cheddar and jalapeno version, and an apple with cinnamon version! Thank you for sharing this!

  • Cindy says:

    Can I use King Arthur BREAD flour in place of the all-purpose flour?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, you can.

  • Mike G Orrey says:

    Really simple and delicious. I used a lite beer with 2 teaspoons of sugar and got it spot on. We are out of bread and in quarantine, so this was a real rescue for us and I will definitely be doing it again. Next time with cheese and basil!

    many thanks

  • Colette MacAskill says:

    Hi there
    I tried a different beer bread recipe and it did not rise much. Wondering if cold beer vs room temp beer was the primary lemon? Will try your recipe next!! Thank you!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      There is a bad recipe going around the internet with only 3 ingredients… this one works, promise!!

  • Beverley Labani says:

    I made the beer bread recipe today, it turned out great, will make it again with a the savory seasonings … also awhile back I made your Chocolate cream cheese Bundt cake .. wow it is amazing .. I love Bundt cakes and this is my very favorite of all times. Thank you for sharing

  • Rene says:

    Can one toast beer bread?

  • judy bath says:

    this is my first time making this bread it easy hope it turns out good

  • Jen.C says:

    This looks amazing. I am definitely going to give it a try. I only have a light beer. So I was wondering if I use a couple teaspoons of sugar would I omit the 2 teaspoons of salt?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      You can make the recipe as-is with light beer! 🙂

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