Simple and Sweet Beer Bread

This Sweet Beer Bread recipe is AWESOME!!! It's SUPER EASY to make & bake and takes very little time to get it on the table.  This a dense bread that is wonderful with brothy soups or toasted with jam on top... *remembering that wonderful breakfast.*

Oh and if you have two loaf pans, go ahead and double this recipe.  This bread won't last more than two days.  It's very hard not to slice off a piece every time you walk past it, VERY HARD.  On the other hand, if you have a small family, then consider sharing the loaf with a neighbor.  Fresh baked bread is a wonderful gift to receive no matter what time of year.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 12 ounces beer
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine

Heat the oven to 350ºF. Coat non-stick loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients.  Pour in the beer and stir until the dry ingredients are moistened. The dough will be sticky.  Press the dough into the loaf pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Pour melted butter over the top of the loaf, then bake for another 10 minutes.  Allow to cool 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate.

Ready for the oven.

Ready for the oven.

You Are Ready to Eat!

You Are Ready to Eat!

  • Anne

    Hey Jill, did you use wheat flour? Or can you vary your 3 cups of flour between white and wheat? I’m gonna try this soon, but first have to drive to next town to buy beer…:)

  • Hi Anne!!!

    I keep a mix of 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white flour in one container and use for everything.

    Aunt Deb uses straight up white flour and hers is just as wonderful.

    As for the beer, Cumby’s only 10 minutes down the highway and the exit takes you right to the door of the package store. ;D

  • Melody_NC

    I made this tonight to go along with Chicken, Vegetable & Orzo soup. It was super easy and super yummy! I used a Dundee Honey Brown lager. Not sure if that added anything extra to the flavor or not since this is the first time I made it but it just looked like a good one to use for beer bread. My husband keeps sneaking back into the kitchen for another slice of bread so I think I’ll be making this again. 🙂

  • Donny

    i just tried this, got a loaf in the oven now! lol youre site is great, i was lookin thru it to find somethin to make for dinner on valentines day, and then BEER BREAD cought my attention =D so i had to give it a shot, im pretty stoked about seein how this turns out!

  • Donny, it's been 14 hours since you baked the beer bread. How did it come out?

  • I put in the search engine “simple sweet bread recipes” and this was the first one I looked at. I had all of the ingredients and gave it a shot…my mom was very pleased with it as was I. what a yummy recipe thanks for placing it on the web…this will definately be used for years to come.



    • Thank YOU for letting me know how much you & your Mom enjoyed the bread. It’s so good to find folks with the same taste in foods.
      Have fun today, Latino209!

  • Teresa

    What’s the best way to reheat this bread? I baked it yesterday and would like to serve it today. Unfortunately, I only have at my disposal a toaster oven and a microwave.

  • We purchased beer bread from the bakery, however, there was NO BEER in it. I did notice Barley was in the ingredients. Your comments?

    • Hi Rosa Lee!
      I can’t imagine why they would call it Beer Bread with only barley as near-beer ingredient. Next time you’re in there, ask them. I would like to know what they say.

  • Marilyn

    I was searching the intranet today looking for a dinner roll recipe, when I came upon this recipe. I decide to make it tonight with our dinner and it was a hit. What nice it didn’t take a lot of ingredidents. We are now resting our stomachs for a minute because I also made the Texas Peach Pie. 🙂

    • Thank you Marilyn!
      We love beer bread with our roast beef dinners. OH! and you made Texas Peach Pie, too? You love to spoil your family, don’t you? ;D

  • Katherine

    I made this Friday night, it was so easy and came out delicious! (I polised it off for breakfast this morning!) I noticed the hoppy beer flavor dissipated a bit the next day. I used an IPA, curious to try how other beers would change the flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

  • HI! I am so excited to make this…. I am making a Peach Vanilla Bourbon Jam that I’d love to send a loaf of bread with. Do you think that this would be a good bread for that?

    • I don’t know, Deanna. I’ve never had Peach Vanilla Bourbon Jam. ;D This beer bread recipe is sweet. Sounds like you’ll need to make a test batch and see. Then come back here and tell me what you discovered. I’m curious.

  • Kelsey

    Can you tell me what kind of beer you used?

    • We’re Shiner Bock swiggers. So, I probably used their Hefeweizen. Any light tasting beer will work.

  • Eggbert

    This looks very interesting to try. For my part, I am just interested on how it will taste. I love pastries. We can add some sage leaves to enhance the aroma.

  • claudia

    Can u use canola oil instead of buttet

  • Jamie

    Thanks for such a simple delicious recipe! I put all the dry ingredients into a mason jar and then put the mason jar in a gift basket with a good beer for people for last Christmas. It was a hit! We now use this recipe all the time.

  • Cassie M Schoonover

    so I’m going to make this, with some apple pieces and an apple pie beer. lol I’m hoping it turns out

    • Ok now, that does sound interesting. PLEASE come back and let me know how it turns out, good or bad. I want to know.

      • Cassie M Schoonover

        It’s in the oven, baking right now lol.
        I’ll update and let you know how it tastes later 😉

      • Cassie M Schoonover

        alrighty, it turned out decent. kinda chewy texture, but really nice when toasted and sprinkled with a wee bit of cinnamon/sugar 🙂