Quick and Easy Beer Bread

This simple beer bread recipe will warm your soul. It’s buttery, slightly yeasty, and perfect for dipping in soups and chilis.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Easy ingredients: No yeast required!
  • Delicious texture: Buttery, moist, and with a slightly craggy crust.
  • Quick and effortless:

    Comes together in one bowl in under 10 minutes.

Does Beer Bread Taste Like Beer?

Yes, beer bread has a subtle beer flavor. The stronger the beer, the more pronounced the flavor. If you prefer, you can use an alcohol-free beer.

Best Beer for Beer Bread

You can use any type of beer you like. Here are some suggestions:

  • Mild: Miller Light, New Glarus Spotted Cow
  • Seasonal: Pumpkin ale, brown winter ale, hard cider
  • Full-flavored:

  • Middle ground: Amber beer
  • Irish: Guinness, Smithwick’s


  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle of beer
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, salt, and garlic powder.
  3. Gradually pour in the beer and honey. Stir gently until the foaming subsides and there are no dry bits of flour.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Drizzle the melted butter over the top.
  5. Bake for 38-42 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


  • Cheese: Fold in 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Herbs: Add 2 teaspoons dried herbs or 1 tablespoon fresh herbs.
  • Parmesan: Fold in 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Garlic: Add 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder to the dry ingredients.
  • Spicy: Fold in 1 diced jalapeno and 2/3 cup pepper jack cheese. Drizzle with hot honey.


  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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