Are you looking for a quick and hassle-free bread recipe that will fill your home with the irresistible aroma of freshly baked bread? Look no further than this easy beer bread recipe!

With a sweet chewy crust on the outside and a soft, scrumptious yeasty inside, this beer bread is a crowd-pleaser. In just 10 minutes, you can whip up a batch and pop it in the oven, making it a perfect choice for busy schedules or impromptu gatherings.

vegan beer bread on a board with wheat and empty beer bottle

Want more quick bread recipes? Try my Pumpkin Bread With Cake Mix, and Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

Why You Will Enjoy This Beer Bread Recipe

This beer bread recipe is quick, effortless, and versatile in its flavors. By incorporating a 12 oz bottle of beer as a leavening agent and baking powder, you can enjoy the warm, yeasty flavor without the need for yeast. 

With just a few simple ingredients mixed in a bowl, poured into a greased bread pan, and baked, you’ll have a delicious loaf of beer bread ready to be devoured.

Ingredients Needed

To make this easy beer bread loaf, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Self-rising flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda: Be sure it is fresh and not out of date.
  • Maple syrup: Use real maple syrup, not imitation
  • Beer of your choice: See the list of beer flavor profiles below to choose the beer best for your beer bread recipe.

What is the best beer to use in bread?

The best part of this recipe is the opportunity to get creative with the type of beer you use. Different beers can impart unique flavors to your beer bread, allowing you to tailor it to your preferences. Consider the flavor profiles you enjoy in a beer: crisp, clean, bitter, fruity, tart, sour, or caramel. By selecting a beer that aligns with your desired flavor, you can create bread that perfectly complements your taste buds.

How can different beers change the flavor?

Teku Tavern has a great way of identifying or categorizing beer based on flavor profiles. When creating a particular flavor in your beer bread recipe, think of words like crisp, clean, bitter, fruity, tart, sour, or caramel. By identifying flavors that people are familiar with, it’s easier to pick out a beer that suits their palates and the taste they are going for in their bread.

  • Crisp & Clean: Cream Ale, Wheat Ale
  •  Hoppy & Bitter: English Pale Ale, English IPA
  •  Malty & Sweet: Dark Lager, Dunkles Bock, Doppelbock
  •  Dark & Roasty: Brown Porter, Sweet Stout, Belgian Stout
  •  Smoke: Smoked Porter, Steinbrau
  •  Fruit & Spice: Belgian Blonde Ale, Kristalweizen, Witbier (I personally like Blue Moon in the bread recipe)
  •  Sour, Tart, & Funky: Berliner Weiss, Gose, American Brett Beer

Does the bread taste like beer?

While the bread does not taste like a bottle of beer, it carries subtle hints of the beer’s flavor profile. So even if you’re not a fan of the taste of beer, you’ll still find this bread delightful.

Calories and Alcohol Content

Rest assured that the alcohol content in the beer evaporates during baking, leaving behind only the beer’s flavor profile. Thus, you cannot get drunk off beer bread, making it a safe and delicious option for everyone.

Tips and Serving Suggestions:

Can This Bread Be Made Ahead 

Make-Ahead Option: You can prepare the bread the day before. Once cooled, store it in an airtight container. For optimal freshness, reheat the loaf at 250 degrees for 15 minutes before serving.

Give Beer Bread As A Gift

 Surprise your loved ones with a homemade bread gift. Present the loaf in a beautiful Linen Bread Bag, making it an extra special gesture. You can pair it with a quart jar of our mouthwatering Canned Chili Recipe for a quick and delightful dinner.

How do you store the bread?

I recommend using a Reusable Organic Cotton Bread Bag to store your beer bread. It’s both eco-friendly and adorable! After the bread has cooled, place it in the bag and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

What Self Rising Beer Bread Goes Great With

Beer bread goes great with chili! Try your beer bread with a big bowl of Wendy’s Copycat Chili Recipe, Texas Road House Chili Recipe, Zippy’s Copycat Chili, or Best Canned Chili.

beer bread on board
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Quick & Easy Beer Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf
This easy beer bread recipe has a sweet chewy crust on the outside and a soft, scrumptious yeasty inside, this beer bread is a crowd-pleaser. In just 10 minutes, you can whip up a batch and pop it in the oven, making it a perfect choice for busy schedules or impromptu gatherings.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder, It's important that the baking powder is fresh, not out of date.
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup, Do not use imitation syrup
  • 1 12oz beer, bottle of your favorite (see notes for beer flavor profiles to choose from)

Instructions
 

Prepare

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9×5 loaf pan with cooking spray.

Beer Bread Batter

  • Whisk together the all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
    3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt
  • Add the beer and maple syrup to the dry ingredients. Stir with a spoon until just mixed. Be careful not to overstir; a few lumps are okay.
    2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 12oz beer
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it evenly.

Bake

  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Notes

Beer Flavor Profiles: When creating a particular flavor in your beer bread recipe, think of words like crisp, clean, bitter, fruity, tart, sour, or caramel. By identifying flavors that people are familiar with, it’s easier to pick out a beer that suits their palates and the taste they are going for in their bread.
  • Crisp & Clean: Cream Ale, Wheat Ale
  •  Hoppy & Bitter: English Pale Ale, English IPA
  •  Malty & Sweet: Dark Lager, Dunkles Bock, Doppelbock
  •  Dark & Roasty: Brown Porter, Sweet Stout, Belgian Stout
  •  Smoke: Smoked Porter, Steinbrau
  •  Fruit & Spice: Belgian Blonde Ale, Kristalweizen, Witbier (I personally like Blue Moon in the bread recipe)
  •  Sour, Tart, & Funky: Berliner Weiss, Gose, American Brett Beer
Serving: 1slice, Calories: 160kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 361mg, Potassium: 51mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Calcium: 82mg, Iron: 2mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Bread
Author: Gina Dickson
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