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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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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. Yummy….I’m as well a non beer drinker- what is it about that yellow colored, bitter tasting thing that people love so much? On the other hand beer bread I love! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. And this is only a couple calories per slice right? =) I am gonna make this tonight… THANK YOU!!!

  3. MMMM….Beer bread is one of my favorites!

  4. This bread just came out of the oven, and it smelled so good I didn’t even wait for it to cool to try a piece. It is SOOO GOOD!! This will be my new go-to beer bread recipe!

  5. I just made this and it was excellent! I used Sam Adam’s Blackberry Wit beer and it has a nice sweet flavor with a bit of the berry undertones. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  6. Ooooh that looks so good!

  7. This sounds amazing! I’m just curious, though–do you think it matters if I bake it in a metal pan or a glass one? I have no experience with bread-making… I’ve heard that glass tends to result in a drier final product, but I haven’t been able to try it for myself.

    • Hey Allison!

      Good question! I’m pretty sure that for baking bread it won’t matter. I’ve used both metal and glass pans before in baking bread, and have never had a problem with either one. (Although if one ever has more fruits or acidic ingredients, I go with glass. :-)) Hope that helps!


  8. I saw your picture on foodgawker, and this is now on my list of things to make this weekend! Beautiful pictures, and I can’t wait to taste it :)

  9. Which Boulevard beer did you use? I’m in STL and so it is readily available here. Also wondering because some beers I am sure bake better than others.

    • Hey Natalie! Love that you’re in Boulevard territory! :) I used the Oktoberfest beer this time, and it was great. I’m sure most of theirs would be great though!

  10. I don’t usually comment on blogs but had to on yours. You have a very unique writing style. A lot of people don’t have that touch, they just drone on and on in the most boring way. But not you – thanks! I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes you have here (after a trip to the market to get the ingredients). Cooking is my favorite hobby. I don’t have time to read it all right now, I found this site when looking for something else on Google, but I’ve bookmarked your home page and will check back soon to see the latest articles. Click here if you’d like to check out my site. Thanks again!

  11. I just saw this on foodgawker and am making it right now. My brother left some Guinness and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. We’ll see how it comes out!

  12. I made this Saturday night, and it was delicious! Perfect hot out of the oven. My husband and I both loved the crispy, buttery crust. :) I posted about it on my blog as well :) Thanks for a great recipe!

  13. Made this tonight to accompany a Potato Leek Soup. I used a Rickard’s White wheat beer (similar to Hoegaarden) and it was so good! Who knew making bread was so easy? Can’t wait to see what other beers will bring for flavor to this recipe as I plan on making it again!

  14. Bread with beer and honey sounds so good!

  15. I just pulled two loaves of this out of the oven (with some muenster cheese grated in). They look and smell heavenly!

  16. I made this tonight and it was a huge hit! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  17. Hi Ali, I made this yesterday morning and LOVED it. It’s so great how short a time it takes from start to finish. I left my sleeping husband in bed to make it because I was lying there thinking about it! We had it for breakfast and devoured most of in one sitting. I posted a photo on my blog today :)

  18. I made some of this as an Easter treat today. Yummy yummy yummy! Thanks for sharing this recipe. :-)

  19. Bread is the best… good stuff!

  20. I just made this, it’s so delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  21. I saw this on food gawker and it looks absolutely yummy! One question though, what kind of beer is best to use? Dark beer? light beer?

    • Hi Vanessa!

      I’ve used all kinds of beers with this before, and all have worked well! Someone else may have a better answer, but I’d say go with whatever taste you prefer!


  22. Just made this with pumpkin ale! Cannot WAIT for it to come out of the oven!

  23. I Have to Say, Ive Used this Recipe for about 6 months…..and I LOVE IT !!!… I Found the Honey Brown Lager to be the Best Beer for the Bread…..Thank You for this Awesome Recipe….:)

  24. Great recipe! Whipped it up after work today and I’m munching it as I type. I gave the top half of the butter another squeeze of honey before topping the batter with it. A keeper for sure!

  25. I made this with gluten free flour, cheddar and gluten free beer – it worked perfectly!

  26. I love beer bread, but I used one of those nonstick pans (looks like what you used…) and I didn’t like how the crust was too hard. Any tips?

  27. This is by far the best beer bread recipe I have ever tried and I have litterally thried hundreds.

  28. My husband found this recipe on pinterest and we’re definitely going to try it. Glad we found you. We’re going to try this one day this week… “:o)

  29. Thank you for a great recipe!! This was the best beer bread I’ve made yet! I used a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, and next time I’m going to throw some walnuts in.

  30. I’m super excited about trying this!! I love that this is so easy! I’ve baked beer bread before using the prepackaged, but glad I always have these ingredients on hand. Cheaper and more fun! :)

  31. Made this last night after finding it on Pinterest! So delicious and easy. I followed the recipe exactly and used Starr Hill Love beer. Awesome with a really crispy buttery crust. Looked just like the pictures. Definitely making this again!

  32. I just made this and it was awesome!!! My dad loved it!! :) The honey gives it that extra little kick of flavor! very yummy! Definitely one for the books!!

  33. I made this and it did not turn out very well. It was dry and the beer flavor was not so great. I used natural light (that was probably the mistake!) and I also used self rising flour. But, I took out the baking powder that is called for so I thought that would even it out. Not so much! Didn’t really like the flavor. Maybe another beer? I dunno!

    • Try following the recipe with the actual ingredients and using different beers to see what you like best in the bread. This is what I did with the beers. I baked a bunch of different loaves each with a different beer in the batter until I find the one I liked best. Our household decided on a nice brown ale. Not too dark but has flavor with a touch of sweetness and not too hop forward. Extra dark beers like porters or stouts will come out bitter and the extra light beers won’t carry enough flavor. Pick something in between.

  34. I made this last night using my husband’s homebrew and it was fantastic! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  35. I found your recipe on pinterest and just made it tonight. I used whole wheat flour instead of white and added 1 c. of cheddar to the batter (I also doubled the butter :P), and it was SO good!!! This is the best beer bread recipe I’ve found so far…thanks for sharing it with us!

  36. Made with homemade beer!

  37. Just found this on Pinterest. Can’t wait to try it. Don’t drink beer, in fact never been in a liquor store so have to pick some up first :) Do you think if I make it in a 8 mini loaf pan I would need to change the time or temp? Thanks! It looks heavenly!

  38. I made this the first time using a Blue Moon Honey, which was quite delicious. I made it again using WoodChuck Fall Cider and adding cinnamon to the batter and a cinnamon-sugar topping. Since it is getting close to Thanksgiving, I might make it with a pumpkin ale. This recipe is soooooo easy and incredibly versatile!

  39. I made this with Pumpkin Beer this weekend and it turned out great! You can see my blog post about it here:

    I love your blog!!]

  40. Found this recipe on Pinterest, thank god. I have all this beer in my damn fridge and nothing to do with it, so why not make bread? I used Oberon (ever had it? It’s a microbrew from Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan and its FABULOUS.) Turned out fantastic. Thanks!

  41. Sounds delish! Totally trying this :)

  42. You can also make this with self rising flour.Just omit baking it’s just as wonderful.

  43. Well, I AM a beer drinker, but I rarely drink at all, so when people leave beer at our house, I usually end up making it into a recipe rather than drinking it straight. So I am going to make this right now, and maybe the smell of baking bread will wake up my lazy teenagers where merely calling them has not done the trick….

  44. I can’t wait to try this.

  45. I made this today. Although it is good, I really don’t think you can just put any beer in the recipe. The only beer I had on hand was Shiner Black Lager and it’s just okay. I bet if I had some wheat or honey beer the bread would be gone in a matter of minutes.

    What kind of beer do you normally use? Just curious.

    I’m proud the say the top of my bread looked just like your pictures. :) But it’s much darker due to the type of beer I used. I’m going to give it another try when I have a “lighter” beer in the fridge. Thanks!!

  46. This sounds and looks delicious! I’ll be trying this tomorrow, actually. My mouth is watering already…

    Do you think this bread would freeze well? I usually make two batches of bread at a time and freeze the second loaf for eating later. Does anyone know if the alcohol will affect freezing at all?

  47. Can I Refrigerate the Batter for Later …?

  48. Ok so just have to say this is by far the best beer bread recipe I have ever tried. Also wanted to share that Maui Brewing Co. has a mana wheat beer that is brewed with pineapple juice that is the perfect compliment to this recipe.

  49. I made this bread last night. It is amazing. I used Blue Moon. Very nice

  50. This is a great beer bread recipe. The honey really adds to it! I am going to try omitting the sugar and use just honey next time. Thanks!