This Easy Beer Bread is a buttery and delicious culinary confection. No fancy baking skills are required to have a tasty loaf of bread on the table in less than an hour.

Beer bread bakes as melted butter seeps into all of the nooks and crannies and forms a delicious crust on the top – it is so good. It’s the perfect bread to bake to serve alongside a big bowl of hearty soupchicken noodle soup, pasta e fagioli, or gumbo – then top it with a slather of honey butter.

There’s nothing better than homemade bread, and homemade beer bread is such a great bread to make. It is a really good beginner bread as it requires very little effort and basically zero baking knowledge – other than knowing how to mix and turn on the oven.

A slice of beer bread on parchment next to the rest of the loaf.

🥘 Beer Bread Ingredients

The ingredients in buttery beer bread laid out and labeled.
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder – No need to mess with yeast as this is a “quick bread” – no time is needed to proof or rise.
  • Kosher Salt – If you don’t have kosher salt, use a smaller amount of table salt or sea salt.
  • Beer – Use your favorite beer or that old beer that was left in your garage fridge the last time you had friends over. I used a leftover 12-ounce can of Modelo for this recipe, but in the past, I have used an IPA, and it is really tasty. If you are using an IPA, I have found that less salt is needed. The beer can be cold or at room temperature – it doesn’t make a difference.
  • Honey – I love to use Nature Nate’s Honey.
  • Butter – I love using salted butter – I use it for just about every recipe, but unsalted will work just fine. This recipe is really rich either way.

🍽 Equipment Needed

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • A Rubber Spatula or Spoon
  • Loaf Pan – I like to line the pan with parchment paper when baking so the bread is easy to lift out of the pan.

🥣 How to Make Honey Beer Bread

First, preheat the oven to 375°F. 

Next, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.

Add the bottle of beer to the dry ingredients. (Pour slowly, so it doesn’t bubble up and overflow everywhere), and then add the honey.

A collage of images showing the process of making beer bread, steps 1 - 5.

Mix everything together until well combined but try not to overmix.

A collage of images showing the process of making beer bread, steps 6 - 10.

Pour the beer bread batter into a loaf pan that is lined with parchment paper and coated with butter or cooking spray. I like to use chip clips (binder clips or clothespins also work) while pouring the batter into the pan to keep the paper from folding into the batter. (Just remove the clips before putting the pan in the oven.)

A loaf pan lined with parchment paper with two clips on the sides.

Finally, sprinkle cubes of butter over the top of the batter. It will melt as the bread bakes and will form a nice crust and buttery top while also seeping into the bread. It is seriously so good.

Butter cubes being pressed into the top of an unbaked loaf of bread.

I sometimes also trim back the parchment paper before putting the bread in the oven if it is cut a little too big for the pan.

A loaf of unbaked bread topped with cubes of butter.

Transfer the butter-topped bread to the preheated oven and bake for 45 – 55 minutes, until the top of the loaf is golden brown on top and has the signature buttery beer bread crust on top.

A collage of images showing the process of making beer bread, topped with butter cubes and baking.

Remove the bread from the oven, then let it cool on a wire rack – slice and serve!

A loaf of beer bread in a metal loaf pan.

It is so rich and buttery – my husband said, “I like that beer bread that you made. It is sweet and savory at the same time – it’s really tasty.”

Two slices of beer bread on parchment next to the rest of the loaf.

🙋‍♀️ Frequently Asked Questions

Does beer bread have yeast in it?

Beer bread does not have yeast in it – the combination of beer and baking powder helps the bread to rise.

How do you make non-alcoholic beer bread?

Due to the nature of this beer bread – you do need to use beer. The bubbly beer and the baking powder combined really make this bread as awesome as it is. (If you don’t consume alcohol, you can use a non-alcoholic beer, but it will have a beer taste so I don’t recommend making this bread if that will be a problem.)

What Kind of Beer is Best for Beer Bread?

You can use 12 ounces of any kind of beer for this bread. I usually just use whatever is in the fridge, but here are some other options:

  • A Lager, Amber, Pale Ale, or Light Beer – For a fairly mild beer taste, you can use a pale ale or a beer like Bud Light or Corona. We had a case of Modelo left at our house early in 2020 before we got stuck at home, and those 28 cans of Modelo became the staple beer in baking different kinds of bread and pizza dough.
  • Pumpkin Beer or Christmas Beer – I am not a big fan of seasonal beers, but if you are a pumpkin beer fanatic, I have been told that this is a delicious Fall bread.
  • A Hoppy IPA – An IPA is a great choice for people who love the taste of beer. The taste really comes through, and the bread has a really nice bite to it. (I have found that this makes the bread almost seem saltier, so I use a small pinch of salt instead of the full ⅛ teaspoon.)
  • Irish Beer – For a fun St. Patrick’s Day recipe, you can use a dark beer or an Irish beer, like Guinness. A Guinness Beer Bread would be both festive and delicious!

🥖 Beer Bread Variations 🧀

There are so many different things that you can mix into beer bread. It is such a mild base that can be used for so many awesome combinations. (There are so many options, so here are just a few.)

  • Ham and Cheese Beer Bread – One of my favorite ways to make beer bread is by mixing in about ½ cup of diced leftover ham and ½ of a cup of any kind of shredded cheese. (You can also add green onions or caramelized onions – so yummy!)
  • Cheese Beer Bread Recipe – Mixing in ⅔ cup shredded cheese into the beer bread dough will make a yummy cheesy bread. Different cheeses will give a different flavor – sharp cheddar is rich and well.. sharp, pepper jack will add a little bit of spice, gruyere will give a mild cheesy flavor, and Asiago or Parmesan will give the bread a really sharp bite. (For Asiago and Parmesan, I would recommend using ¼ to ½ a cup – the cheese flavor will be really intense.)
  • Herby Beer Bread – Make an herby beer bread by folding 2 teaspoons of dried herbs or 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs into the dough. Some of my favorites are rosemary, thyme, and basil.
  • Parmesan Herby Beer Bread – Fold ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese into the dough, along with 2 teaspoons of dried herbs (or 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs) and 1 ½ teaspoons of garlic powder.
  • Cheddar and Rosemary Beer Bread – Add 2 teaspoons of dried rosemary and ⅔ cup of shredded cheddar cheese to the bread dough – this one is one of my favorites.
  • Super Spicy Jalapeño Beer Bread – Dice up one jalapeño and combine it with ⅔ cup of shredded pepper jack cheese. This bread is hoppy, salty, and a little spicy – it is a perfect balance.
Button linking to the Pinterest page for Southern Bytes.

🥫 How to Store Leftover Beer Bread

Once cooled, store beer bread in an airtight container with something to absorb moisture. (I like to use a sugar bear.) Beer bread is really moist, so enjoy it within 2-3 days. It is really good leftover if heated up in the oven, toaster, or air fryer.

🧊 How to Freeze Beer Bread

Beer bread can be easily frozen and saved for later. Wrap cooled bread in plastic wrap, then place it in a freezer bag. Beer bread can remain in the freezer for up to 6 months.

When ready to enjoy, allow the bread to thaw on the counter for about 30 minutes.

To reheat, you can toast it, heat it through on a low setting in your oven or air fryer, or place each slice in the microwave for about 20 seconds.

A slice of beer bread on a white plate next to the rest of the loaf.

✏️ Beer Bread Tips

  • To hold up the parchment paper while pouring in the batter, I like to use chip clips (binder clips or clothespins also work.) This keeps the paper from folding into the batter while you are pouring it in. (Just remove the clips before putting the pan in the oven.)
  • Try this recipe out with different kinds of beer – there are so many great variations.
  • Store this recipe in an airtight container with a loose piece of bread, a sugar bear, or a towel in the container to absorb any excess moisture – this bread has a lot of moisture already and can get a little dense and undesirable after a day or two. (We like to freeze slices of it to reheat with a bowl of soup to keep the bread fresh.)

🧈 Things to Serve with Beer Bread

This Easy Beer Bread Recipe is quick to whip up as a great side dish to dunk into a hearty bowl of pasta e fagioli soup or to slather with homemade jam or sweet honey butter.

Two slices of beer bread on parchment next to the rest of the loaf.

🍞 Other Bread Recipes

Have You Tried This Recipe?
Please rate it and leave a comment below. I would love to hear what you think!

A slice of beer bread on parchment next to the rest of the loaf.

Easy Beer Bread

5 from 2 votes
This easy-to-make beer bread is a buttery and delicious culinary confection. No fancy baking skills are required to have a tasty loaf of bread on the table in less than an hour.
Author: Kari
Servings: 12 slices
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • First, preheat the oven to 375°F. Then mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
    3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Add the beer (pour slowly so it doesn’t bubble up and overflow everywhere) and then add the honey.
    12 ounces beer, ¼ cup honey
  • Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until well combined but try not to overmix.
  • Pour the batter into a loaf pan that is lined with parchment paper. I like to use chip clips (binder clips or clothespins also work) while pouring the batter into the pan to keep the paper from folding into the batter while you are pouring it. (Just remove the clips before putting the pan in the oven.)
  • Lastly, top the loaf with cubes of butter. It will melt as the bread bakes and will form a nice crust while also seeping into the bread. It is so good.
    4 – 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • Transfer butter-topped bread to the preheated oven and bake for 45 – 55 minutes, until the top of the bread is browned and has a nice buttery crust on top. The butter will run down the sides of the bread and the parchment will be a little greasy but it will be so good!
  • Remove the bread from the oven, then let it cool – slice and serve!

Notes

Recipe yield is 10 – 12 thin slices of bread.

Beer Bread Tips

  • To hold up the parchment paper while pouring in the batter, I like to use chip clips (binder clips or clothespins also work.) This keeps the paper from folding into the batter while you are pouring it in. (Just remove the clips before putting the pan in the oven.)
  • Try this recipe out with different kinds of beer – there are so many great variations.
  • Store this recipe in an airtight container with a loose piece of bread, a sugar bear, or a towel in the container to absorb any excess moisture – this bread has a lot of moisture already and can get a little dense and undesirable after a day or two. (We like to freeze slices of it to reheat with a bowl of soup to keep the bread fresh.)

How to Store Beer Bread

Once cooled, store beer bread in an airtight container with something to absorb moisture. (I like to use a sugar bear.) Beer bread is really moist, so enjoy it within 2-3 days. It is really good leftover if heated up in the oven, toaster, or air fryer.

How to Freeze Beer Bread

Beer bread can be easily frozen and saved for later. Wrap cooled bread in plastic wrap, then place it in a freezer bag. Beer bread can remain in the freezer for up to 6 months.
When ready to enjoy, allow the bread to thaw on the counter for about 30 minutes.
To reheat, you can toast it, heat it through on a low setting in your oven or air fryer, or place each slice in the microwave for about 20 seconds.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 60mgPotassium: 147mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 117IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is approximate and is automatically calculated, so should only be used as a guide.

Course: Bread, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: 5 ingredient beer bread, beer bread, easy beer bread, quickbread recipe
Did you make this recipe?Mention @southernbytes or tag #southernbytes!

Filed Under: , , , ,

Hi, I’m Kari!

I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating