Beer Bread - simple quick bread made with self rising flour and beer for leavening.

Beer Bread

I am slowly updating the index pages on the site to make sure all of the recipes are on there with pictures. Today was the Bread Index. I had pictures of all of the recipes except one, Beer Bread. Luckily we had a Sam Adams Octoberfest in the fridge! (not a sponsor, just what we happened to have in the fridge)

Simple Beer Bread

You can use any beer you’d like from a light Pilsner to a strong Stout. If you don’t like beer, then you probably won’t be making this recipe. We have plenty more bread recipes here that might be more to your liking

According to the US Department of Agriculture, 25% of the alcohol will remain in the bread if it cooks for an hour. At 5-8% of alcohol in the bottle of beer, it would reduce to 1-2% for the entire loaf. J will eat maybe a slice or two at most, so I wouldn’t have any problem serving it to him. Maybe I will get lucky and he will sleep through the night! Uh-oh, was the Child Protective Services pulling up outside to check on me?

The nice thing about this recipe is most people have the ingredients on hand. Not everyone has a jumbo pack of yeast in the fridge like I do. And no kneading or rising, just stir, dump and bake – bread in an hour. Since there is no kneading and it is essentially a quick bread you could probably experiment with different kinds of flour (maybe some barley or rye?). The next time I make it I am going to try adding some cheddar cheese and jalapenos.

Beer Bread

Prep time5 minutes
Cook time1 hour
Total time1 hour, 5 minutes
Meal type Bread
Simple dump and stir bread made with beer.


  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Bottle or can beer (12 ounce)


Alternatively, this can be made with self rising flour - 1 beer, 3 cups self rising flour and 3 tablespoons sugar - bake as directed.

Add cheese and jalapenos for an interesting variation.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a bread pan.
Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Pour in beer and mix until thoroughly blended.
beer bread batter
Pour into prepared bread pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Until next time, happy eating!



4 thoughts on “Beer Bread”

  1. I have everything on hand!! I can’t wait to try this on the weekend. I am hoping it cools off so I can turn on my oven. I have been making soup in my new Vitamix and think a piece of this bread would go great with it!! Thank you!!

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