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Beer Bread is a super simple and quick bread that will become a weeknight favorite to serve alongside all of your hearty fall and winter meals.

Loaf of beer bread sliced on a wooden cutting board, next to a plate of butter

I’m in full on cozy food mode. I’m talking casseroles, soups, chili, and stews – they’re pretty much all I want to make and eat at this time of year. And typically there’s always leftovers for the following day which is definitely a bonus!

When comes to cozy meals like sausage and lentil soup, roasted poblano beef stew and easy chicken chili, I’m a definitely fan of bread as a side.

Whether it’s homemade cornbread, Parker House Rolls, a loaf of crusty bread from the market, or crescent rolls from a tube, these types of meals just need to be paired with some carby goodness.

Today, I’m sharing one of my very favorite recipes for homemade Beer Bread that’s been on My Baking Addiction for years, we just freshened up a bit. It’s simple, delicious and perfect for this time of year!

Slice of beer bread topped with butter, salt and pepper with a bite taken out of it


This bread literally takes five minutes to prep and requires only five simple ingredients.

That’s right. FIVE! That’s it!

Self rising flour, salt, sugar, beer, and melted butter are all you need to make this beer bread recipe.

Batter for beer bread in a glass mixing bowl

The sweetness of the bread complements the subtle notes of the beer, but if you aren’t big on slightly sweetened breads, simply cut down the sugar to ¼ cup.

Serve this bread alongside any of your favorite soups, such as Sausage and Lentil Soup, Turkey Noodle Soup, or Stuffed Pepper Soup.

Freshly baked loaf of beer bread in a loaf pan next to a bowl of melted butter

It’s also amazing toasted and spread with some butter and Slow Cooker Apple Butter.

Sliced loaf of beer bread on a wooden cutting board


This recipe will make you wonder why you ever purchased a beer bread mix because it’s just as fast and just as tasty.

All you have to do to make this Beer Bread is mix together all of the ingredients except the melted butter.

Slice of beer bread on a wooden board with a smear of butter on the bread

For the beer, I like to use whatever light or medium-bodied beer we have on hand in the fridge. Simply use your favorite!

Once the dough is mixed together – it will be sticky! – pour it into a greased loaf pan and bake.

During the last three minutes of baking, brush the top of the loaf with melted butter. After all, who doesn’t love a beautiful, golden, buttery crust on their bread?

Slices of beer bread on a wooden cutting board


This beer bread is a great base recipe and has all kinds of jazzing up potential.

Slices of beer bread on a wooden board next to a plate of butter

Ingredients you could add to this recipe include:

  • Fresh, chopped herbs such as rosemary or thyme
  • Shredded cheeses such as cheddar or pepper jack
  • Minced raw garlic
  • Roasted garlic
  • Finely diced jalapenos

Simply add your mix-ins of choice when you stir together the dough and bake as directed.

Whether you enjoy a jalapeno-cheddar version alongside a bowl of classic chili or make it as directed, you will love having a loaf of fresh-made bread ready in an hour.

Buttered beer bread on a wooden board next to a plate of butter

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Beer Bread

By: Jamie
4.32 from 108 ratings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 10
Beer Bread is a super simple and quick bread that will become a weeknight favorite to serve alongside all of your hearty fall and winter meals.


  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces beer I used bud light
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Butter an 8x4 inch loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and beer; mix well. The mixture will be sticky. Pour into the loaf pan and bake for about 55 minutes.
  • At the last three minutes of baking, remove from oven, brush the top of the loaf with the melted butter and return to oven for the final three minutes of baking.


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 196kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 253mg, Potassium: 48mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 71IU, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

4.32 from 108 votes (108 ratings without comment)

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  1. Richard Pitt says:

    I’m making this in the UK, where there are 20 oz in a pint, while in the USA I believe that there are 16. My question is, what is the quantity of beer? Is it 12 ounces by weight or by liquid volume? Help – I’m hoping to make it today!

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi Richard – It is 12 fluid ounces, which is equal to one bottle of beer here in the States. I hope this helps. Happy baking!