Beer Bread

This 4-ingredient beer bread recipe is one to remember. Choose your favorite bottle of beer (or cider) and in less than an hour, you've got a fluffy loaf of beer bread to serve alongside your bowl of soup or dinner.

beer bread loaf with two slices on plaid tea towel
Photo: Katlyn Moncada
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
60 mins
1 9x5 loaf


  • 3 cup self-rising flour*

  • 1 12 ounce bottle beer or hard cider**

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • ¼ cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a 9x5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl stir together flour, beer, melted butter, and sugar just until combined (don't overmix).

  2. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake about 40 minutes or until top is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan, on a wire rack, for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool before serving.


Make your own self-rising flour. In a medium bowl combine 3 cups all-purpose flour, 4 1/2 tsp. baking powder, and 3/4 tsp. salt.

**From our test kitchen:

During our testing we found that we preferred a beer bread prepared with a brown ale beer. Other good choices include lagers and crisp hard ciders. We do not recommend using IPAs or stouts for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

208 Calories
5g Fat
34g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 208
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 485mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 4g
Calcium 130mg 10%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 57mg 1%
Folate, total 75.7mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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