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My favorite honey beer bread recipe is ultra-easy to make with just 6 ingredients (no yeast required) and tastes so buttery and delicious!

Honey Beer Bread Recipe

Looking for an easy homemade bread recipe that doesn’t require a packet of yeast?

This honey beer bread recipe is here for you. ♡

If you have never made beer bread before, I’m telling you, bread-baking doesn’t get any easier than this! Simply stir 5 basic ingredients together (flour, baking powder, salt, beer and honey), brush melted butter on top of the batter, and bake until golden. Then — voila! — in less than an hour, the most delicious, buttery, cozy and comforting beer bread will yours to enjoy in no time.

It can be served up with just about any kind of meal, although we’re especially partial to dipping it in soups and stews at our house. It can also be easily frozen and saved for later, if you would like. And it’s also easy to customize with various herbs or a handful of shredded cheese, if you would like.

I have probably made this recipe hundreds of times, and thousands of our readers have made and loved it too. So if you haven’t yet given it a try, I say it’s time! ♡

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How To Make Beer Bread

Honey Beer Bread Ingredients:

All you need are 6 simple ingredients to make this honey beer bread recipe:

  • All-purpose flour: This recipe is total comfort food for me, so I have only ever made it with all-purpose flour.
  • Baking powder: To help the bread rise.
  • Salt: I used fine sea salt.
  • Honey: Which balances out the savory flavors here with the perfect hint of sweetness.
  • Beer: I typically use an IPA, but just about any kind of favorite beer will work in this recipe!
  • Butter: Which we will use to grease the pan and brush on top of the bread to give it some extra-delicious buttery flavor.

Honey Beer Bread

How To Make Beer Bread:

Alright, here are the basic steps for how to make beer bread — it couldn’t be easier!

  1. Make the batter. Super simple! Just stir together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, then stir in the beer and honey until combined.
  2. Add the butter. Pour about half of the melted butter into a 9×5-inch bread pan, and brush it all around to grease the inside of the pan. Add the batter and spread it out in an even layer. Then brush the remaining melted butter evenly on top of the batter.
  3. Bake. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove and transfer the pan to a wire baking rack and let the bread cool for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Serve. Slice with a bread knife, serve warm and enjoy!

(Detailed recipe instructions and ingredient amounts included in the full recipe below.)

Easy Beer Bread Recipe

Possible Beer Bread Variations:

Want to customize this beer bread recipe? Feel free to…

  • Add herbs: Stir some fresh or dried herbs into the batter. (I especially love adding in some fresh or dried rosemary.)
  • Add garlic: Feel free to also mince a clove or two of garlic and add it to the batter to make garlic beer bread.
  • Add cheese: Add in a cup or so of shredded cheese to make cheesy beer bread.

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Honey Beer Bread with Butter

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Beer Bread Recipe

Honey Beer Bread

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


This honey beer bread recipe is quick and easy to make with just 6 simple ingredients!  See notes above for possible seasonings that you can add in too.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup honey*
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Make the batter. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt until combined.  Slowly pour the beer and honey into the flour mixture, and stir until combined.
  3. Add the butter.  Pour half of the melted butter into the bottom of a 9×5-inch bread pan, and brush it around to grease the inside of the pan.  Add the batter and spread it out in an even layer.  Then brush the remaining melted butter evenly on top of the batter.
  4. Bake. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Remove and transfer the pan to a wire baking rack and let the bread cool for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Serve. Slice with a bread knife, serve warm and enjoy!


Honey: If your honey seems super-thick and does not drizzle easily, I recommend warming it up in the microwave or on the stovetop for a few seconds so that it will mix into the batter more easily.

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537 comments on “Honey Beer Bread”

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  1. I just made this bread. It’s very yummy 😋. Only thing I would change for improvement is to use more salt and a darker beer. I used Miller and it was a very mild bread. I added cheese both to the batter and on top.

  2. We made this to go with your cozy autumn wild rice soup and couldn’t believe how buttery and delicious it was. Can’t wait to make it again soon.

  3. I’ve made this bread twice and both times it was under baked despite my following the directions. Any tips?

  4. Huge thanks for sharing this recipe, Ali!!! This is the ideal bread for club sandwiches. I baked it in a round pan and had six servings. <3

  5. I’ve made this bread twice with my kids and it has turned out delicious both times. I love that the ingredients are simple and tend to be stuff we already have on hand.

  6. This is a great recipe I have used in my zero food waste journey. Used beer that had been accidentally frozen, and adding some strawberries that were a little past their peak freshness. It’s a fabulous combination. Thank you for the inspiration

  7. Wow, super easy and really delicious
    Gave it a twist:
    I used 1,5 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup lupin flour
    1/2 cup buckwheat flour
    1/4 cup flax meal
    1/5 cup coconut flour
    1 tbsp black strap molasses instead of honey
    And a nice whiskey barrel aged Bock beer
    Turned out really nice, trying nog to eat the whole loaf in one sitting haha

  8. Quick, easy, and so tasty!!

  9. Beer bread is a staple in my household and this is a great base recipe. We love to add rosemary, oregano, thyme, and cheese to create the perfect pair to our Italian dishes at home. As noted by some other reviewers, you may need to leave the bread in for a little longer. Also, I found that I needed a smidge more beer than was called for.

  10. Love this. I didn’t have a loaf pan, so used my porcelain enamel 4 quart Dutch oven. It turned out GREAT! Texture and flavor is super!

  11. I baked half a loaf last night and loved how crispy the crust was!! Super easy and yummy bread!

  12. Should the beer be room temperature or can you use cold beer?


  14. I have now made this three times and it has been a delicious hit every time. I’m fixin to make again now. Each time I add something different. Ie, parmesan cheese, dark IPA, minced garlic, baked garlic, and cheddar cheese 🧀 will be added to today bake. Such an easy fast recipe fir that last minute, “Oh no, I need fresh bread.”

  15. Great tasting! So EASY! So quick to whip up! I sifted the flour, that made a big difference, for the better, in its’ density. Didn’t need extra cooking time. Halved the recipe for only two people. Used an IPA, had a nice slight bite. The honey was the icing on the cake so to speak. Going to save this recipe and play around with additional ingredients for different tastes (garlic, rosemary, herbs, cheese, pickles (?) maybe even blueberries) My husband has never like my previous beer breads, but this one he loved. Thank you.

  16. I work nights in a hotel, had some lightly scuffed (not damaged) cans of beer that wouldn’t sell. Used them in this recipe to put on the breakfast buffet as “Viking Honey-and-Mead-bread” Looks great! Used basic Stella this time, but we got some local (Belgian) beers I can’t wait to use!

  17. I used 1 cup whole wheat flour and 2 cups AP flour. Used 3 Tbs of honey ( a bit concerned about it being too sweet) plus 1 tsp molasses. Didn’t have enough left over beer so added 1/4 cup sour milk. Used an 8×4 inch pan, only needed to bake 35 minutes.

  18. I’ve baked breads for nearly 50 years and never has any recipe been this easy and yet sooo delicious! Wonderful! It’s going’s to be my new go-to!

  19. I love this recipe! I have been using it for years and my favorite beer is a brown ale. My favorite alteration is to take 3/4 cup of the flour and substitute it for the same amount of rolled oats that I whirl in a food processor for several pulses. You can also use instant oats but only use about 2/3 cup. This gives the bread a lovely texture and makes it a little bit healthier! Different cheeses are lovely in the bread as well as some herbs like thyme or parsley. I’m not a fan of rosemary so I don’t do that one.

  20. I come back to this bread recipe time and time. So simple but perfect. Thanks for amazing recipes! Glad to have Boulevard Brewery here in KC because every beer makes excellent tasting bread.

  21. How about putting the full recipe up tip rather than at the bottom of the page!