Honey Beer Bread

Learn how to make homemade beer bread with this delicious recipe that’s naturally sweetened with honey!  All you need are 6 easy ingredients to make it.

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I will be the first to admit that I’ve never been much of a bread baker.

My desire to be one comes in waves, like last winter when I got into the habit of baking this crusty artisan bread in my Dutch oven when having people over, or two years ago when I probably baked a dozen batches of these yeasty rolls around the holidays, or the zillion or so times I’ve promised myself that this would be the week to try making homemade challah (but still never quite followed through).

I don’t know, I think I’ve just always loved the idea of being a fabulous bread baker, casually pulling freshly-risen loaves out of the oven with a flourish each day, more than I’ve actually liked the reality of messing around with yeast.  There just seem to be a few too many steps involved, and I’m that forgetful cook who will totally forget to check the dough while it’s rising.  Not to mention, it’s hard getting through an entire loaf living on your own!  (<– And I don’t care what anyone says, thawing leftover bread that has been frozen just never tastes the same! ?)

Still, that doesn’t change the fact that I absolutely LOVE BREAD.  And oh my goodness, I think there are few better things in life than freshly-baked, warm bread pulled straight from the oven.  So the simple little compromise that I turn to more often than not when those bread cravings hit is this one simple recipe that I decided to dig up out of the blog archives today and share with you once again.

My all-time-favorite, 6-ingredient, ready-to-go-in-1-hour-from-start-to-finish, warm-and-buttery, naturally-sweetened, always-always-always-a-crowd-favorite recipe.

Honey Beer Bread.

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I first shared this recipe here back in 2009, when this new blog was fresh outta the oven itself.  ;)  And since then, I’ve made this recipe dozens and dozens and dozens of times.  Because you guys, it literally could not be easier.

Learn how to make homemade honey beer bread with this easy recipe! All you need are 6 ingredients, and this delicious beer bread recipe will be ready to go in no time! | gimmesomeoven.com

Simply whisk together some flour, baking powder, and salt.  Then pour in a bottle of beer and some honey.

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Stir it all together, then pour it in a bread pan that has been greased with a few tablespoons of butter (yes, that’s right).  Brush a little extra butter on top.

This delicious Honey Beer Bread recipe couldn't be easier to make. Just stir together 6 ingredients, pop it in the oven, and this delicious, buttery, sweet bread will be ready to go in less than an hour! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then bake it up to golden perfection.
My all-time favorite beer bread recipe is SO easy to make! All you need are 6 ingredients, and this honey-sweetened bread will be ready to go in less than an hour. | gimmesomeoven.com

And in less than an hour from start-to-finish, this gorgeous loaf of warm bread will be yours to enjoy.

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And trust me, it is so beer-y delicious.  ;)

This Honey Beer Bread recipe only calls for 6 ingredients, and can be ready to go in under an hour. Absolutely delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Granted, over the years, I have tinkered with the ingredients a bit.  My original recipe called for 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, which I have since updated to just 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of all honey.  And occasionally I’ll sub in white whole wheat flour in place of the all-purpose, which works well.  But guys, I’ve gotta be honest and say that I really recommend you make this one with all of the butter.  I mean, you’re welcome to leave it out and just butter your bread afterwards if you’d like.  But I’m convinced that those buttery crusts are the best part of this recipe.  So I highly recommend sticking with the recipe there.

The other brilliant thing about this easy recipe is that it’s virtually foolproof, so you never have to worry about having fresh yeast on hand, or keeping an eye on various rise times.  It’s just a quick, easy, and always delicious bread made with everyday ingredients (including your favorite flavor of beer!) that you can whip up at the last minute.  I especially love making it this time of year to go with soup season, but it’ll be good any day you’re craving some carbs.

So for those of you who missed this recipe the first time around, I hope that you enjoy it!

Happy baking!


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Honey Beer Bread

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


You will love this sweet, delicious (and easy!) beer bread! Detailed recipe and photographs included.



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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch bread pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt until combined.  Slowly pour the beer and honey into the flour mixture, and stir until combined.  (I recommend popping your honey in the microwave for a few seconds beforehand to make it easier to stir in!)
  3. Pour half of the melted butter into the bottom of the loaf pan, and spread it around evenly.  Then add the batter to the pan in an even layer, and brush the rest of the butter around evenly on top of the batter.
  4. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the top of the bread is golden brown and a toothpick or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Serve immediately.


*My original recipe called for 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons honey, which still works!  I just prefer going with 100% honey nowadays.

**If you’d like a cheesier bread, feel free to stir in 1 cup grated sharp cheddar after you’ve mixed in the beer.

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432 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!

  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: http://smashinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/cheesy-pumpkin-beer-bread/

    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!