Beer Brownies

filed under: Brownies on June 17, 2016

These beer brownies are a great way to treat dad… or anyone who loves delicious chocolatey brownies! (They just might be dad’s favorite brownie!!) Just in case you want the best (beerless) brownie recipes, you can try my Homemade Brownie Mix, Zucchini Brownies, and the Best Brownies!

Beer infused chocolate brownie deliciousness!

Beer Brownies

To make these brownies you will need:

Brownie recipe (below)

9×9 square baking pan

parchment paper & baking release spray

Beer Brownies Recipe

Tips for Beer Brownie Success

Room temperature ingredients are wise! Even the beer. 🙂

You may have noticed that there are no leavening agents in this recipe and that is because of the beer. I would not substitute other forms of alcohol (wine, vodka, etc.) for beer in this recipe. Here is a great recipe for Homemade Brownies that you can modify to your heart’s content!

I recommend lining the pan with parchment paper for easy removal.

How to Make Beer Brownies

FAQ’s About Beer Brownies:

Do the brownies taste like beer?

No, they just have a slightly different flavor. If you KNEW there was beer in them you might be able to detect, but if you did not know it would taste like something is special. But it would be hard to detect!

Are these brownies cake-like or fudgy?

They are thick and more cake-like. Definitely rich and dense with flavor.

Can I make them in a 9×13 pan?

Yes, but they will not be as thick as pictured.

Can I use a light beer?

Yes, I believe you can, although I have not ever tested that specifically. I would recommend making sure it is a beer you enjoy drinking.

I hope you enjoy these Beer Brownies as much as we did!

Beer Brownie

Beer Brownies!! (use a good IPA if that's dad's favorite!)
5 from 2 votes
Beer infused chocolate brownie deliciousness!
Beer Brownies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
5 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These beer brownies are a great way to treat dad… or anyone who loves delicious chocolatey brownies! (They just might be dad’s favorite brownie!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beer Brownies
Servings: 9 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/2 cups (188g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (64g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces or 118 ml) canola oil
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces or 118 ml) beer - I used a mild IPA
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x9 baking pan and line with parchment paper. Make sure the paper goes up over the sides, this will help with easy removal.

  2. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and canola oil.

  3. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and stir well to combine.
  4. Mix in the melted butter and beer, stirring until just combined.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips. Reserve a few for the top. Try to not overmix brownie batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and cover with remaining chocolate chips.
  7. Bake 30–32 minutes until the brownies are slightly firm to the touch.
  8. Cool in pan for 5 minutes then remove and set on wire rack to cool completely. (although they are fantastic when warm!)

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  • Carol says:

    Amanda, in the recipe you mention ‘milk stout’ , I’m guessing that is the beer? Sorry, I am not a beer drinker, but the recipient is ????

    • Amanda says:

      Ha! Yes, that is where is should say beer. I will update. 🙂

  • Marycke says:

    Amanda…loved the brownies but my top didn’t look anything like yours…looked more like a snack cake. What did I do wrong…how did you get that nice top on your brownies?

    • Amanda says:

      Sorry! What kind of beer did you use? Was the top “off” or just looked different in appearance?

  • Beverley Press says:

    Living in England most of our beer is always at room temperature so I’m half way there! Beer mmmm chocolate mmmm what’s not to love? xoxo

    • Amanda says:

      I have heard that!!! I still like a chilled brew though… 🙂

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    Looks rich!

  • Kathy says:

    I just made these. Used Guinness & coarse chopped walnuts. They were ahhhhmazing!

    • Amanda says:


  • DAFFYCO says:

    So lovely ! J’adore.

  • Michelle @ Brown Butter and Biscuits says:

    Yum!! Great recipe!

  • Charles Rose says:

    They are a little boozy but the deep, malty flavor of the beer pairs well with chocolate. It’s like a slightly more bitter and interesting flavor.

  • LillyHumphre says:

    They are a little boozy but the deedp, malty flavor of the beer pairs well with chocolate. It’s like a slightly more bitter and interesting flavor.sse


  • Joly says:

    Looks so yummy. Can you make this without beer?

  • Marguerite Dawson says:

    Interesting recipe. What is IPA beer?

  • Jill says:

    Just made this and oh my….I must have done something wrong…It came out and oooey gooey mess….when I city the brownies they weren’t even close to being done….so, I put them cut back in the oven for another 15 min….still ooey gooey….basically only the outer pieces came out some what decent….
    What could I have done wrong???? I followed the recipe and cooking temp and time…the top seemed done….but nope…..
    Please help….
    Happy New Year!!!

    • Jill says:

      Wow…auto correct sucks…should be when I cut them…..

    • Amanda says:

      So sorry!! All ovens are different and as much as I try to accommodate for that, I can’t cover everyone. Sometimes recipes will need a bit longer (and sounds like you made that modification!) when you try them at home.

  • Cheryl Kern says:

    Step 2 of directions mention coffee but that is not in list of ingredients. Is this a misprint or how much coffee if supposed to be included?

  • Cheryl Kern says:

    Sorry I now see espresso powder..not sure what that is so is there a substitute perhaps? Thank you

  • Pauline says:

    Hi Amanda, I love your site and I would love to learn how to bake fondant cakes with decorations from you.

  • Samar Hassan says:

    can i do it without beer

  • Sky says:

    Hi since there is a beer in the recipe does it mean it cant be eaten by children? Thanks #motherhomebaker

    • Amanda says:

      The alcohol bakes out so everyone can enjoy. 🙂

  • Karren M Ogg says:

    seems like a great bunch of recipes I can’t wait to try them the pictures I’m just make you die for it

  • cyndi allen says:

    You some of THE BEST recipes I have ever tried. Thank you for sharing with use!!

  • Bex says:

    Just made the recipe. Added craisins as well. It was delicious! I used a glass baking dish so it took a few more minutes to bake. It didn’t taste like beer but I think you can taste it if you tried to look for it.

  • Jane Ruizesparza says:

    Can I use a brownie mix and just add beer?

  • Marsha says:

    Looks delicious,and I’m going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing

  • Yvette says:

    What could you subsitute expresso coffee with

  • Wanda Arnette says:

    I bet those beer brownies are the best things ever! I know my husband would love them , but I was right about the coffee being in them , but didn’t dream of them having beer in them !!!! Good Job Amanda , this is a recipe that I will try tomorrow!!!! Thank you for your many recipes!!!!

  • Pat says:

    Amanda, I love this recipe, but where do you get the little square chocolate chips?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      They are Nestle “chunks” 🙂