Pumpkin Beer Bread

October 7, 2013 by Ali

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Let’s do a little math story problem today.

SuperCoolBlogReader loves pumpkin bread (A).

And SuperCoolBlogReader also loves beer bread (B).

So as a result, what will SuperCoolBlogReader also love (A+B)?

( Fill in the blank )

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Oh yes. I’m pretty sure that all of you SuperCoolBlogReaders everywhere are going to love this Pumpkin Beer Bread! I mean, it’s a mathematical fact. ;)

As a SuperCoolBlogReader (ok, and writer) myself, I have long been a total fan of both beer bread and pumpkin bread. And judging by the pageviews on this site, apparently you all are too! The honey beer bread recipe that I posted 4 years ago on the site (as a total newbie blogger) is still one of the most popular recipes on Gimme Some Oven. And all of our pumpkin recipes are going bonkers right now (in a wonderful, pumpkin-licious way).

So for a seasonal twist, it seemed like a no-brainer to add in some pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin ale to one of my favorite breads and turn it into Pumpkin Beer Bread.

Pumpkin Beer Bread Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

And let me tell you. This one deserves an A+. Gold star. Smiley-face sticker. :)

Pumpkin Beer Bread Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Truly, this pumpkin beer bread recipe highlights the best parts of both pumpkin bread and beer bread. The bread was nice and tangy from the yeast, and perfectly buttery and chewy — like beer bread. But then the bread also had a nice subtle hint of pumpkin, with a few little spices — like pumpkin bread.

The best thing, though, is that it is not overly sweet, like many pumpkin breads. Rather, there is just a hint of sweet and a very subtle hint of pumpkin. The perfect bread to be served with an autumn dinner, or with some nice sweet butter.

I’m pretty sure that you — yes you, SuperCoolBlogReader — are going to love it. Enjoy!!

Pumpkin Beer Bread Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Pumpkin Beer Bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf


  • 3 cups flour (I used half all-purpose, and half whole-wheat flour)
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 12-ounce bottle of beer (I recommend trying a pumpkin ale)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9x5-inch bread pan with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.

Stir flour, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, honey and pumpkin puree together in a large mixing bowl until combined. Slowly add in the beer, and stir until combined and smooth.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean. Let bread rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Pumpkin Beer Bread Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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56 thoughts on “Pumpkin Beer Bread

  1. Looked great. Smelled incredible. But never ever got baked thru. It’s still in the oven . For the third time. Just about giving up on it. Really wish it tasted as great as it smells. Maybe it does if it ever gets baked thru. 85 minutes and counting…

    - Abbie

  2. I just saw this via twitter. I took your quiz and it is a mathematical fact! I am a teacher, I’m positive it is true. ;) Pumpkin ale is already on my grocery list this for this weekend. Now I will save one for this recipe. You had me at pumpkin. :)

    - A Young Wife

  3. Great looking bread and looks tasty too. It is a perfect “Bread Materpiece.”

    - Bread Fun Recipes

  4. I just made this bread….here’s what I found:
    The batter was very runny….I added a cup of oatmeal to the dough. I have to agree that the cooking temp or time is off. When I took the bread out after the suggested time it wasn’t done in the center. I put it back into the pan, in a convection oven covered in foil for 1/2 hour at 350 and it’s now perfect. I also added cardamom to my dough as I’d read the reviews about it needing more flavor. Next time I make it I will do the following:
    Add the oatmeal, use brown sugar vs the honey and back at 350 in a convection oven. If that doesn’t take care of the center not being done I’ll lower the temp again.

    - Ana-Marie

  5. I’m planning on making this for the first time today…is it okay to use just all-purpose flour instead of half whole wheat flour?

    - Katie

  6. I am not a beer fan, but I love beer bread. That said, I would love to try making this with hard apple cider or even apple fermented water kefir (both of which I have on hand). Thank you so much for sharing.

    - Angelique

  7. Can you use flat beer? Just wondering.

    - Laura

  8. WOW! I am sooooo totally making this like soon! Like tonight!

    - Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

  9. This recipe looks amazing! In fact, I included it in my Pumpkin Bread Day article! Thanks!


    - Jace

  10. This bread was so easy and SO good! I loved the ease of beer bread, and the subtle pumpkin. Was excellent with honey butter.

    - Michelle

  11. I’m dying to try making this… you’re so creative!

    - Cassie

  12. Delicious with pumpkin ale. In the oven now with Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple…can’t wait to try it!

    - Haley

  13. Making this right now!! I cant wait to try it!

    - Taylor

  14. I cant believe I didnt think of this, what a great recipe! Thanks!

    - Sara @ fitcupcaker

  15. OMG I cant wait to try this! I love how simple it is. AWESOME!

    - Savanna

  16. This may be a dumb question, but is it safe for kids to eat?

    - sherry

  17. I had very high hopes for this recipe, but I tried it tonight and was very disappointed with the outcome. I followed the recipe exactly and it was bitter and had very little flavor. It needed to be sweeter and needed more of pumpkin flavor to be called “Pumpkin Beer Bread.” I typically love beer breads, but I would suggest not making this recipe. Sorry to disappoint.

    - Jess

  18. I love how this quick bread has few ingredients! Can’t wait to pair it with a hearty stew on a chilly night! Thanks

    - Coty and Mariah

  19. I’m Canadian, so I am having my sisters over on Saturday for just a little gathering as our parents are away (we are all old children anyways – now that I read that that looks like an odd description). And this is going to be the dessert. My lil sis has an egg allergy so I have been looking for various egg free recipes. This is the winner!

    - jade

  20. Oh my goodness, this is my kind of bread :) it would be gone QUICK in my house!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  21. Hi Ali,
    Love your site and I frequently check it out. I am getting ready to teach a cooking class this month featuring pumpkin, so just did a test drive on the pumpkin beer bread. Uhhhh, it was a bust….it was doughy, even though I cooked it long after the 50-60 minutes; like 80-90 minutes. Still the outsides were brown and crusty and tough as a shoe but the inside was still doughy and pretty unflavorful. I followed the recipe to a tee (even used a Pumpkin Ale), so I thought I’d check out the comments here. Turns out everyone who has commented has never actually made the bread…only thinks it sounds great…as did I. The truth is mine got all puffy and crusty and basically looked delicious like your picture (in the loaf pan), but that was where the likeness ended. Anyhow, just wondered where I went wrong.

    - Coco

  22. I really wanted to love this recipe. I was so excited when I stumbled across it that I had my loaf in the oven within 30 minutes of discovering what I hoped was the most glorious and delicious Pinterest find ever.

    But this was honestly not very good. I followed the recipe to a T; I even used a pumpkin ale for the required 12 ounces. Maybe my baking mojo was off, but this bread was bitter on the outside and flavorless in the middle. I am queen of low-sodium products and substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream, but even I thought the final product was crying out for salt and any sort of fat. With a lot of tweaking, this recipe could be a winner. As it stands? Not a fan.

    - Kalie

  23. I have never heard of it until now, and now I have to have it! Thanks for sharing!

    - Buck Weber

  24. Love this hearty, moist pumpkin bread, Ali! It looks perfect for slathering with apple butter!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  25. Looks fabulous and delish! Do you think it would work GF??

    - Amanda

  26. Not a beer fan, but I bought a bottle of Sparkling Pumpkin Spiced Cider at ALDI. Do you think that would work – maybe leave out the honey?

    - Martha in KS

  27. Ali this bread is stunning! Pinned to my pumpkin board!

    - Averie @ Averie Cooks

  28. I love your use of math here!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  29. Gosh this looks like the most comforting bread ever made! I’m pretty sure pumpkin beer bread has never made it to Italy but I’ll have to do something about that after reading this!

    - Beth Young

  30. Fabulous loaf, Ali! Love the ease of a beer bread.

    - Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

  31. Looks delicious! I love beer bread. Can’t wait to try it with the pumpkin and spices mixed in.

    - Stephanie @ PlainChicken

  32. I need this bread in my life!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  33. This is so brilliant! I need to make a loaf right this minute!

    - Gaby

  34. Seriously, genius idea to add pumpkin to beer bread! I am 100% sure I’m going to love it!

    - Tracey

  35. This is beyond brilliant, Ali! I must make this ASAP!! :)

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  36. You are flipping brilliant. Pumpkin and beer are total besties!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  37. This is happening ASAP! I bet it would be awesome with Pumpkin beer too!

    - Samantha @FerraroKitchen

  38. This sounds amazing!! I have been wanting to try making beer bread, and I love the added pumpkin flavor!

    - Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

  39. Oh my, Ali! This seems like the most perfect bread on Earth. I cannot wait to try it. Dinner tonight, for sure. I just found your blog a little while back, and I didn’t know you have a beer bread recipe. I will have to search it out and make it. Thanks so much for your amazing recipes!

    - Jessica Ford

  40. Love beer bread so much! Even better with pumpkin!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

  41. I’m pretty sure I’ll love it too! That sounds like the perfect combo!

    - Courtney @ Neighborfood

  42. This sounds so good, and looks so EASY! I will be trying this ASAP. Thanks for the recipe!


    - Natalie

  43. I pretty much beg my husband to have a pumpkin beer most nights of the week so that I can have a few sips. Love, love this!!!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  44. I have been using pumpkin beer all weekend, it has been adding some seriously awesome flavor to things! Ali, I can’t tell you enough how much I am loving this bread. Beer bread is my families favorite. It is and crazy delicious. I cannot wait to try this fun seasonal adaption. It looks incredible!

    - Tieghan

  45. This bread looks soooo awesome! Yum!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar