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Easiest Beer Bread Ever

Beer Bread is a “staple” in our fall and winter meal plan.  Anytime I make a soup, especially chili, I add a loaf of this bread to the side. While you can buy it in a boxed mix, you can also make it at home with ingredients you probably already have on hand! I thought the only way to make beer bread for the longest time was out of a box!  I was so wrong! I’m excited to share this easy recipe with you!

Beer Bread makes everything taste better, doesn’t it? The crunchy top, butter covered crust, and soft texture makes it perfect for pairing with soups and salads any time of year! I find myself making it more often than not in fall and winter, when I am making soups and crockpot meals. Once I find a good recipe, I just make it over and over again!  Considering I have made this soooo many times over the years, I thought now was the time to share!

With only 6 ingredients, this Beer Bread is perfect for fall! Pairs great with soups and salads. #beerbread #dinnerrecipes #breadrecipes #menuplanning

We love to serve beer bread with chili.  I also think it makes an excellent addition to a gift basket for a neighbor, or served alongside our favorite pasta and salad dishes. While we tend to add it to heartier meals in the winter months, I also really love to bake a loaf and cut it in chunks to serve with a creamy spinach dip for a summer get together.  Or if you don’t want to get fancy with it, just serving it warm with butter is perfectly acceptable! No matter how you serve it, this recipe is EASY and you will love it! 

Easy Bread Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • 12 Oz Beer of your choice 
  • Butter, melted

Directions for Making the easiest Beer Bread ever

  1. First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. Next, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt together.  Slowly add the beer or lager to create a bread dough.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and drizzle it with the melted butter.  Make sure you use ALL the butter!
  4. Then, bake the bread for 45-55 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

Quick Tips for Amazing Bread

  • Your beer or lager will affect the taste of your bread.  If you want a good, middle of the road bread, use Bud Light or Coors Light.
  • For a lighter, sweeter result, use a hard cider instead of beer.
  • If you want a softer crust, you can mix the melted butter into the batter.  Drizzling it on top is what makes the top crusty.
  • You may also enjoy my Pumpkin Honey Beer Bread or my Cinnamon Honey Beer Bread with Cinnamon Butter recipes!

Be sure to check out the comments on this post for great tips and additions to your beer bread!  


Easiest Beer Bread Ever

Easiest Beer Bread Ever

Yield: 1 Loaf, Approximately 15 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes 45 seconds
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes 45 seconds

Beer Bread is a "staple" in our fall and winter meal plan.  Anytime I make a soup, especially chili, I add a loaf of beer bread to the side.


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 oz beer or lager
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted


  1. First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. Next, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt together.  Slowly add the beer or lager to create a bread dough.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and drizzle it with the melted butter.  Make sure you use ALL the butter!
  4. Then, bake the bread for 45-55 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

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Carrie Hurst

Married to my high school sweetheart, we are raising two pirates and a princess. A lifelong Disney fan, lover of good food, and all things creative, I hope you will join me in sharing joy and making memories everyday.


  1. Would it work with spiked seltzer?

    1. The beer takes the place of yeast so I’m not sure if it will turn out the same.

      1. Darlene Rawls Grissett says:

        Alcohol evaporates anyway right?

  2. Such an easy recipe and very tasty.

  3. Cmcmillan says:

    Hello!! I recently made your recipe and used Guinness Blonde and made 4 mini loaves (30 min was perfect) and they came out SO GOOD! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. I made this with a burbon barrel aged white stout and it came out so yummy!

  5. I made two loaves. In the first loaf, I mixed in 1/4 cup of cinnamon and drizzled on the butter. For the second loaf, I mixed in 1 cup of oatmeal and mixed the melted butter versus drizzling it. Both loaves are quite tasty.
    I look forward to making this again and embellishing further.

  6. Your lovely pictures caught my eye in my Pinterest feed, and I simply had to check out your recipe. This looks delicious. I love to bake bread at home and this recipe is so easy, it has to be a keeper.

  7. Does it work best with cold beer or do you recommend having it at room temperature?

    1. I have used both cold and room temperature beer, and it seems to work fine with either temperature.

  8. I have always been told to ALWAYS sift the dry ingredients to ensure a lighter loaf otherwise, the loaf would be very dense. So, I always do! I noticed your recipe doesn’t advise that. I wonder if sifting does/doesn’t matter? Beer Bread is definitely the Bomb Diggity!

    1. I do that sometimes, as well. I am not sure how much it matters, especially for a quick bread like this. BUT, if it works for you, then I say do it! I usually am just too much in a hurry to get it done. LOL!

    2. Does the temperature of the beer effect the bread at all?

      1. I have made it with both room temperature and beer from the fridge. I seem to think it is fine either way….

  9. First time making this bread. Super easy and very tasty. Dence bread and crusty on top. I’ll be making this more.

    1. I am so glad you liked it! Yes, it is rather dense. It makes it perfect for dipping in soups!

  10. Awesome bread. Easy to make, bakes well and tasty. ??

  11. Hi! I made this today to go along with some spicy sausage soup. Good pairing. However, I used gluten free all purpose flour and a gluten free beer. It worked!! Just throwing that out there for others who are gluten free. Enjoy!

    1. Hi, Deb. That is a GREAT idea! Thank you so much for sharing that tip!

  12. like dark bread so I wondered if I could use rye flour for about half the flour needed?

  13. Is it ok to use bread flour? Or does this make it too dense? Making it tomorrow.

    1. I think that would be too dense….did you happen to try it anyway?

  14. Deb Mullins says:

    I made it just like the recipe said & it was horrible!

    1. I am sorry to hear that! I wonder what went wrong. Perhaps try it again?

  15. Thank you for sharing this great easy bread recipe! I made it for the first time today exactly by the recipe and it was so good with a great crust all around and soft inside. Definitely will make this again ☀️?

    1. Hi, Lynn! That is fantastic! I am so glad you liked it and that it worked well!

  16. I made it as printed and it turned out well. Going to try with herbs and butter mixed in and on top. Easy recipe. Thank you.

    1. Oh, the herbs and butter sound amazing! I am glad you tried this recipe and liked it.

  17. I am going to add chunks of cheese and mix it in. I hope it tastes good. I wm having it with homemade chili.

    1. Wow. That sounds AMAZING! I’d love to hear how it turns out!

  18. Easy and tastes delicious

  19. I made this yesterday and was really excited to find an easy recipe, however the flavor of this sadly turned out really bland! I used a 12 oz can of cold Coors Light. The texture of the bread was fine but I felt the flavor was really lacking. Any tips how to make the beer flavor stand out more?

    1. I have noticed that with a lighter beer, as well. And certainly room temperature beer makes a difference. I like to use a darker beer, sometimes even a lager. And I do think that room temperature makes a bit of a difference.

  20. LOVE this bread. Didn’t last long. Am making a loaf for my Aunts 95th Birthday. She really enjoyed it when made it last time.

    1. Thank you! I am glad you are going to make it again.

  21. Wow! So I read through the comments before making the bread and once I did that, I decided to add garlic and sharp cheddar cheese. It turned out so delicious. I have no idea how much garlic and cheese I added, I just eye balled it. This recipe is amazing for folks that still can’t find yeast!

    1. I always read the comments on recipes, too! I need to try the garlic and cheese idea…. I am so glad it worked out for you!

  22. Jenette C says:

    I have made this 3 times now with different types of beer each time. Once with pumpkin ale. All turned out so good. My family is now totally hooked on your beer bread. Plus, it is so easy to make.

    1. Hi, Jenette! The pumpkin ale sounds AMAZING! I am so, so glad you experimented with it!

  23. Monica Beishir says:

    LOVE this beer bread recipe!! and my family too. It didn’t last long either. I used Shiner Bock Premium beer and WOW, it was fantastic. Trying a different beer each time I make it.

    1. Thank you! I love that you are trying different beers. That is something we do as well.

  24. doubled the recipe
    to make two loaves browned one pound of hot italian sausage drained added to batter with one cup of grated cheese fennel and grated parmesan cheese came out so tasty. Thank you for sharing this recipe

    1. Oh my goodness. That sounds AMAZING!!!! I love the variations that people come up with. Thank you for sharing!

  25. Lorie Atkinson says:

    We love this bread I have made it several times good flavour so easy to make. We like it as a dipping bread. Is also really good toasted. Goes well wth soups stews chilli spinach dip ext

    1. I am so glad you enjoy it!!! Thank you for the kind words. I love it with spinach dip as well!

  26. Don Mogenson says:

    10/25/20—I made this and used and India Pale Ale because someone else said they might try that. Yuck. Very bitter. Inedible. Threw it out. Will do again but use a Bud or Coors. Regular beer
    Plus the specialty beer is $4.00 a can.
    Yikes!! Sure glad I don’t drink alcohol.
    The bread came out visually beautiful.

    1. Oh no! I am sorry to hear it did not taste so good! Definitely try a “normal” beer….I think your results may be more to your liking 🙂

  27. I’ve made your beer bread many times. Always turns out perfect.
    I too have added garlic and cheese. Yummy Today is plain we ran out of bread with the snow storm’s in Texas . ☺

    1. I am so glad you make it often and try different flavors. I think the garlic and cheese sounds amazing! I hope you are doing well! I know things are so hard in TX right now!

  28. Susan Wisecup-Agbedzinu says:

    I make this using self-rising flour.

  29. This bread is bangin’!!! Definitely a hit. Going to try the honey pumpkin next.
    Great recipe!

    1. Thank you! I am so glad you tried it! The Pumpkin Honey is my favorite of the two.

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