Homemade Bubbly Beer Bread

by zesty on August 10, 2012 · 62 comments

I gave this another go!

Equally as dense and equally as good.

Adjusted the beer this time to a darker beer.  Definitely gave it a bit deeper flavor.

Yes you read the title right, Cooking made beer bread!  I had a few requests for this recipe so I thought that I would share it with you.  No yeast, No rising, simply dump in the ingredients – give it a mix and drop it in the pan. Can you really get any easier than that?

I was thinking about making this all day long at work. As soon as I got home, I ran in the house, dropped my stuff and got right to it.  Oh so simple, I could not wait to share.

This bread would be ideal to go along with a nice hearty stew or even along side a nice pasta dish.


  • 1 1/2 Cups White Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 4 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Butter (Melted)
  • 12 Oz. Beer (you can use whatever kind you like)


  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together.
  3. Add beer and mix thoroughly until dough is still.
  4. Place dough in a lightly greased loaf pan.
  5. Drizzle the melted butter over the top
  6. Bake until golden brown (approx. 60 minutes).
  7. Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes.
  8. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: Sifting flour for bread recipes is a must. Most people just scoop the 1 cup measure in the flour canister and level it off. That compacts the flour and will turn your bread into a “hard biscuit”.  If you do not have a sifter, use a spoon to place the flour into the 1 cup measure.

So there it is… possibly the easiest loaf of bread I have ever made.

Comments that were said as teeth sunk into this morsel of goodness were “WOW, this is amazing”, “The crust on top and bottom are so good”,  “I love it”.

I pass this recipe on to you as one to try in your kitchen in the near future.

I hope you have a great Friday!  We are heading to Halifax today for a long weekend with the kiddos.  I hope you have a great time and I will talk to you on Monday.

Take care


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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 VeggieGirl



2 Royal

Yay Im glad you made this recipe and liked it! Im curious though what kind of beer did ya use?!?


3 Mara

YUM!!! That looks delicious!


4 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)

Oh gosh, I never knew bread could be so easy…but Cooking, where are the chocolate covered almonds?!? :)


5 Gera @ SweetsFoods

Hi Cory!

Beer and bread a wonderful combination :) Love the texture so tempting!


6 jo

I not tasted beer bread but it sure looks delicious especially the crust!


7 Meg

Oh man! I wish I had some of this right now! I’ll send you cookies, if you send me bread. :)


8 dawn

no kidding! that easy huh? OK, I’m in.


9 Marianne

That has to be the easiest loaf of bread to make ever! What kind of beer did you use in your bread, or what would you suggest? I ask only because I don’t drink beer myself, so I wouldn’t know what to buy if I was to cook with it.


10 Pearl

i had no clue that sifting flour would make such a difference! thank you for sharing :)


11 Lori

I love beer bread! I’ve never tried it, but I will now. What a simple recipe. I’m thinking a dark beer like Guinness would be amazing. I had a Guinness brown bread in Dublin and it’s one of the best breads I’ve every had. Yum!


12 Royal

Lori I made it with Guinness this past week and it was fantastic! Ive used ales as well turns out so delicious the flavors are completely different!


13 Diana

Hi There! I am totally new to your blog and love it! Your pictures are beautiful!


14 Kath

I’m wondering what kind of beer you used too!


15 ZestyCook

@Royal, Marianne and Kath – I used Rickards Red as I had it on hand ( My fault – I should have added that in the recipe with a picture… so slack )

@Diana – Thanks very much. I appreciate that.


16 Bob

That looks so good! I will be snagging that recipe. :)


17 clumbsycookie

I love this recipe! Can’t believe this bread! I’ll have to try it!


18 ttfn300

ooh, i would sure like to sink my teeth into that loaf!!


19 teeni

Well, I’m sure gonna try to give this one a go. It is a really easy recipe. It amazes me the what they charge for mixes for this stuff.


20 Meredith

Gotta love fresh homemade bread! It looks like an easy recipe too!


21 Nick

Wow, it’s really that easy? I’m in need of a good bread to go with 10 more servings of chili I have in the freezer, this is perfect! I’ll use my favorite: Guinness! I don’t actually think I have white flour, what about all WW? Any idea?


22 Jenn (eating bender)

Now THIS looks like bread I can handle! I am totally scared of making the kind that has to rise and all that jazz. No sir! But I could totally handle throwing ingredients into a pan…and love that there is beer involved :) Perhaps I’ll make some for the Superbowl!


23 Sophia

Super super easy! I made this, but added caramelized onions, sausages, parmesan cheese, and parsley into the batter! The smell is sooooo delicious!


24 Amanda Elizabeth

This was so easy to make but…it tasted off, almost like too much like baking powder, is 4 & a half tablespoons correct? It smelled amazing while baking and looked absolutely gorgeous though :) I want to try it again for sure!!!!


25 ZestyCook

@Amanda – I didn’t have any funny taste regarding the baking powder. It is 4 1/2 Teaspoons. If you used Tablespoons that may be the difference. Hope this helps


26 Jessie

I have been looking for an easy bread recipe and I have found it. I wouldn’t use the beer (not a fan) but I want to make this bread!


27 Hannah

I’m on a bit of a bread-kick these days, so I may just save this recipe for when my current loaf is all eaten… Look delicious!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. :)


28 desiree

Can you use this for sandwiches? Or is it more of a side dish kind of bread? I’m out of yeast and am planning my next loaf. Think this would work?


29 Kaneil, Balance is Best

I love beer bread! Yours look especially sinful :) What type of beer do you use? My good friend makes a great beer bread and she always uses Heineken, which I don’t really care for.

Kaneil, balanceisbest


30 Judy

I made this last night. It really is as fast as you said!!! I found it a little sweet but for the speed and convenience of it I am not really complaining!!! Will be making this again and again!!!


31 Lavinia

Zesty, you rock! I just made this bread today with my friend, who happens to be a sous chef. We had such a blast making it. Our version includes Heineken, but being South African, I can’t wait to try it with one of our local beers.

We also added very strong parmesan (from an Italian farmer who runs a small diary just outside Johannesburg) & cheddar, chives, sprinkling of cumin, paprika & coriander (I think Americans call it cilantro?). Instead of melted butter on top, we drizzled a parmesan infused olive oil. We used all white flour because thats what we had & it turned out great! The taste, smell & texture are NUTS! I’m bookmarkin your tasty site.


32 ZestyCook

@Lavina – I am so glad you enjoyed the bread!!


33 Blender Benefits

I’ve been looking all over for a beer bread recipe and based on all the comments and beautiful pictures I’ll def need to give this a try.


34 Kara

I also think there’s too much baking powder in this, and I did use teaspoons. It has a really strong aftertaste that I tasted for hours and can only think to attribute to the baking powder- maybe because mine is not aluminum-free..?? Also I’m going to cut back on the butter on top because I think it’s a bit greasy.

However, otherwise this bread is genius and incredibly easy and cheap to make, so I’m going to try it again with 3 tsp baking powder (or I’ll try mixing my own baking powder with baking soda and cream of tartar). Thanks for the recipe. :)


35 Heather

My mom always made a bread that was similar to this (minus the wheat flour). It’s so yummy!


36 Angella

Just made this recipe last night…it was by far one of the simplest things I have ever made…and on of the best tasting things I have ever ate!!! Didn’t have whole wheat flour so used all purpose, would imagine it may be a little better with the mix of the 2 flours but I was working with what I had : ) Thanks for the great recipe!!!


37 ZestyCook

@Angella – Thanks for the kind words. Really glad you enjoyed the bread and will make it again!


38 Bread Lover Mommy

Awesome recipe, an absolute classic. … Although my husband doesnt like my “wasting” his beer!


39 ZestyCook

Yeahy I can understand his point but the bread is soooo good!


40 Crystal

I’ve never heard of bubbly beer bread, but considering those are two of my favorite things… I must try this recipe! It sounds divine! And your pictures are awesome. They made me drool… yum!

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41 Jenni

I am making this bread for the third time and it just so easy and quick and just what I needed! I’ve used Pyramid Apricot Ale, that was a little sweet for my taste but still just as good, and now I’m making it with Blue Moon, can’t wait to see how it turns out! Thanks for a great recipe!


42 Bezzy

I’ve been searching for a recipe for beer bread on here for a couple of hrs now and am happy to say I’ve found what i’m looking for and will try this bread in the morning and also the apracote ale bread too , I’ve had several orders for beer bread and hope it turns out good “My thanks for this recipe”


43 zesty

Thanks Beezy, let me know if you like it


44 Bezzy

My son thinks it would be good with a dark beer so will try Sam Adams Auston lager :


45 Erin Smith

Fabulous recipe! @ 1st I wasn’t so sure, without the yeast it can be sketchy to try something new. The flour was sifted, and the melted butter was applied. Boy does our home smell amazing right now!


46 Julia Mason

Although the beer bread looked good, my family would not eat it. We do not drink beer at all. So sorry to say that this recipe is a non keeper for me.


47 Kea

I love quickbreads like this. i was looking for some inspiration, this was just enough to get me off the couch and into the kitchen!


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