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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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Beer Bread Recipe

Honey Beer Bread

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

Description

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.


Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

  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!


Notes

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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536 comments on “Honey Beer Bread”

  1. That bread looks so good! I love recipes that incorporate unique ingredients, and I’ve never seen bread made with beer before. Thanks!

  2. Absolutely fantastic! I was looking for a beer bread recipe this morning and decided to try this one. The Boulevard Brewing beer cap is what sold me–I used to live in KC and loved the Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer. I’m glad I chose this recipe. It is absolutely fantastic! The first loaf disappeared quickly and I’m making a second loaf right now. Am going to try with cheese this time.

  3. can you substitute whole wheat flour? maybe go with the doubled butter?

  4. The next day, when you have half a loaf of this fabulous beer bread leftover, apply butter to both sides of a slice. Now, pop this under the broiler until lightly crisped. Turn it over, sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese, pop back under he broiler till the cheese is all golden and bubbly. Cheese bread never tasted so good!

  5. I made this with Sam Adam’s Octoberfest and it was awesome! I don’t have loaf pans so I used a dutch oven and it still turned out great. Thanks for the recipe and tutorial.

  6. This is a great recipe for beer bread, so much flavor. I am ditching my old recipe, which had more B. powder & salt, less flavor.

  7. Can you substiture White whole wheat flour?

  8. This recipe is simple and amazing !!!! The smell in the house is just divine as it bakes. I’ve made it a few times; doesn’t matter what kind of beer as it always turns out great.

    A keeper for sure !!!!!

  9. *READ THIS IF YOU ARE ALSO A COMPLETELY INEXPERIENCED BREAD-MAKER:)* I just made this, and had to post :) ! I’ve recently moved to Berlin with my brother, and we are living not so much on a shoe-string budget – as on one half of a split end :) But since I’m looking for work and he’s working, and it’s Friday, and Thanksgiving (we are British, but of American extraction) and our very generous landlord is coming back to share the flat tonight, I thought I’d make this, because not only is it comforting food for the Berlin winter – but it’s incredibly cheap! Anyhow, the flat doesn’t contain anything like a loaf pan, so I figured I’d replace it with a larger, ceramic casserole pan, and up the recipe by half to be sure to not have too much of a flat bread. Right? Wrong. In case anyone out there is as inexperienced as me in these things, then know that the recipe as stated (with pan dimensions) allows room for the rising of the bread and subsequent rising of the butter level. As it was, I went off to clean the bathroom (I’m vying for sister of the year, it seems) and came back to a kitchen full of smoke, which was pouring out of the oven, since the butter had overflowed, was burning on the base of said oven, and dripping copiously onto the floor. On the suggestion of my father (over the phone), I put a second (casserole) dish under the first to catch the rest of the overflow, but it basically smoked throughout baking. This meant that the top of the loaf was rather more burnt than it should have been, because it didn’t have the SPF of the butter :) but the happy conclusion to this all, with my fondest compliments to our hostess and talented composer of this recipe, is that despite all this, the loaf tastes divine, and is a cheap, homely, rustically elegant treat, which I will be serving to our landlord topped with crispy sliced apple and a cold glass of beer. Cheers! xxx

  10. Is there anything one could substitute for the beer? For teetotalers and alcoholics. Sounds (and looks) like a fabulously easy bread.

    • @Debbie, you could do this with coke, sprite, ginger ale, and have the same results with no alcohol. It would be sweeter and would require less to no sweetener depending on how sweet you like it and what you choose to use. Great recipe Ali!

    • @Debbie,

      I’ve been trying to find proper beer substitutes; I think you can use any carbonated beverage? I think it’s all about the carbonation but I could be wrong.

      The only thing I could come up with was club soda or carbonated mineral water, but like I said, I think ANY carbonated beverage would suffice as a beer substitute.

      Happy baking!

  11. I just took this bread out of the oven and my husband and I scarfed down two big pieces–amazing bread! I used one cup whole wheat flour along with two cups all purpose. I used brown sugar instead of white. I only had 6 oz. of Yuengling beer left over from another recipe, so to compensate I added 1/2 tsp. yeast, 2 oz. orange juice, and 4 oz. of water. YUM! Next time I will add some sunflower seeds for a little crunch. Thank you for this recipe!

  12. I just made my second batch of this bread. My husband went “gaga” over it the first time but we had a house full of company and it disappeared way too fast. It’s delicious! I am a beekeeper so am always looking for recipes that use honey!

  13. This looks and sounds amazing! I’m already planning on making a loaf tomorrow!

  14. This is my go to bread recipe. So easy! We always have different beers in the house, so I love experimenting with flavors. Belgian wheat beers have produced the best results so far. I have a loaf in the oven right now, I used a white Christmas ale today. Thank you for this recipe! I love love love beer bread!

  15. I made this over the weekend… twice! First try, I used an IPA (Double Take IPA to be exact). The consistency was great and overall it was delicious, but it did have a slight bitter taste that made me wonder what affect other types of beers would have. On the second try I used a seasonal holiday ale (Deschutes Jubelale). I found the taste to be more pleasing, although it seemed to bake a bit differently – must faster than the last version, and didn’t rise as much. Both versions were delicious though, and I can’t wait to experiment with more beers. I think I will try a Belgian wheat beer next.

  16. If I use a hard cider, do I need to add yeast?

  17. I just made it, and i don’t know how it didn’t raise with baking powder + beer… But it is just sooooooooooo good !!! And it smells wonderful in my house right now

  18. I never usually comment on blog recipes but I just made this bread and it’s delish! This is going to be our breakfast for the next few days or however long it lasts. I used blue moon, and you could still smell the beer, but I wouldn’t say the bread had a bitter taste to it. We ate this with cheese/spreads/jam :). Thanks for the recipe!

  19. I tried this tonight and it is delicious! And easy! I’m already planning to make it again and try cheese like you mentioned. Thanks much for the recipe.

  20. Just took this out of the oven, and had a slice! Amazing. Thank you

  21. I made this bread today to perk up some leftover cheddar chowder. Boy, did it ever! The bread is so yummy – flavorful, moist, seriously buttery crust – it’s going in the general rotation.

    Happy New Year!

  22. Best beer bread…ever! The house smells amazing! Thanks for a great recipe.

  23. Thank you Ali so much for sharing this recipe. It was so delicious and
    easy to make. It is now officially my favorite bread to eat and make.
    My daughters and I made a batch to try which was immediately
    gobbled up. So we made 2 more to share.

  24. I’m making this tonight. This will turn the nasty blueberry beer I have into something tasty! (I’m hoping anyways).

  25. Just made this and it was amazing! Modified it a bit, had some hunters extra dry cider that someone had left in our fridge and didn’t have my loaf pan so I used a large muffin tray. Had one straight out the oven, hot and buttery and so delicious!

  26. Will this recipe work in a bread machine?

  27. I have made this twice in the past week. it is amazing! SO easy you don’t need a bread machine. Just 5 min (if even) to prep & pop it in the oven. delicious!

  28. While drinking a rolling rock my friend decided it would taste amazing in beer bread (which I had previously never heard of) so thank you for this awesome recipe! We added dill in ours and it was delicious!

  29. I’m bummed after all the great reviews… mine didn’t turn out great. Some of it was defnitely the beer. It’s too bitter and I could still taste it. I used Somethin’ Somethin’. But what I mainly tasted was flour. I had put extra honey in it too. The only thing that saved it was that I had some honey butter to use when it was finished. Most of it is going in the trash. :<

  30. New follower here :)
    I stumbled acroos your recipe for honey beer bread. I changed a few things but turned out great!

    I posted about it over on my blog

    https://thenavymommyproject.blogspot.com/2013/01/raspberry-wheat-beer-bread.html

    xoxo Tara

  31. Just made this because I suddenly had the urge to bake bread for dinner and didn’t have time for a yeast bread. It’s so delicious and buttery! Great for a quick, warm treat on a cold day.

  32. I just made this bread for the first time and I loved it! I didn’t have any white flour on hand so I used whole wheat and it was delicious. I’m thinking my next loaf I’m going to use Guinness :)

  33. Looking to give his as a gift. Would you recommend making it ahead of time? Also, what sort of condiments could you use with it?

  34. Fantastic texture to this bread! Nice crunch outside, soft inside. Unfortunately I used what a had, a 9% ale that I do not like. The taste was bitter and strong just like the beer. I know if I used a beer I like, I’d love the bread. So that’s on my soon-to-do list.

  35. Does the beer need to be room temperature?

  36. I made this recipe last night to go with the brisket my husband smoked all day. I used Shiner bock beer and wheat flour. It was delicious!! Everyone loved it. I will definitely make this again considering it was the simplest bread recipe I’ve ever made.

  37. I have been dying for beer bread since Trader Joe’s stopped selling their mix. I have a random bottle of Anchor Brewing Company’s Humming Ale just waiting to be baked into a lovely loaf of bready goodness with whole wheat or spelt flour. Needless to say, I will be making this recipe VERY SOON! :)

  38. Hi
    I just found your recipe today after making a version from another site that is very similar but doesn’t have honey in it. I used hard cider instead and added dried herbs, herbes de provence, rosemary and thyme, plus 1 cup shredded strong cheddar. I also dotted bits of butter on top of the loaf, nothing at the bottom. The recipe I was looking at recommended using parmesan and cheddar but I only had the cheddar. Anyway, mine looked like yours but with bits of oozy cheese in it and the herbs. It made delicious toast. Will try your version with the honey too, next time with beer. I also have some bottle of alcoholic ginger beer to use up so might give those a go as well. I am in the UK, but was raised in the US. I love to bake and think this would also make nice rolls.

  39. Can you use any beer?

  40. i found this recipe am. Since it is a friday in lent was making soups. my family is eating dinner and really love the bread. i used
    sharp cheddar and some garlic powder also. will try wheat flour and different herbs.

  41. Made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing. Used 1 stick of butter and only had ultra light tea and lemonade beer and it turned out FAB!! Pretty sure I could eat the whole load myself!!!!

  42. This was awful and bland!!

    • i agree with you, i followed the recipe step by step and it didnt taste like beer or honey at all…

  43. Just made 2 loaves…….YUMMY!!! I added Cooper Sharp cheese chunks to one loaf, wish it would cool off faster, it smells soooo good! Taste-testing one with cinnamon! YUM! Next time I make this, I’m going to add bacon bits, cheddar cheese….so many ways to variate it!! And this was so easy to make!

  44. Finally! A bread even I can’t mess up! Just moved and wanted to make the place feel home-y, nothing does it better than bread…and this was so easy. I didn’t have honey on hand, so just added an extra 2 tablespoons of sugar, still wonderful. My son and I didn’t even wait for it to cool. I’m already thinking of tons of different things to add to it! Thanks!

  45. I have made this bread numerous times and it is ALWAYS amazing! We use Shiner…as a Texan, it might as well be a pre-requisite. It is a rustic, yummy, buttery loaf of heaven.
    Love finding recipes that I can use over and over again.

  46. How come some recipes can be added to my “recipe box” and some can’t? I’m trying to add this recipe but am unable to.

  47. OHMYGOODNESS. I quite literally just stumbled upon this recipe, and I made it with Shock Top’s Honeycrisp Apple Wheat beer, and, without a doubt, I’ll make this again before the week is out. This recipe is absolutely incredible, and the result is extraordinary. Thank you!

  48. My family is coming in from Texas and Maryland next weekend to my mother’s house. I’ve been assigned the job of making homemade chicken salad, which has celery, cilantro and grapes in it with a slightly sweet homemade salad dressing.

    Any suggestions on a beer and/or additional ingredients to add to this recipe to go with the chicken salad?

    Thanks in advance. Appreciate any suggestions.

  49. Fantastic recipe, which I found thru Pinterest. I used Blue Moon Belgian White, 6T butter, and forgot the salt. It came out perfect! Dense & moist, like a good beer bread, but a bit too buttery. Was a perfect accompaniment to ham & 15-bean soup. Definitely will make this again and again, especially after reading the comments about the herb additions. Thanks!

  50. This is the best bread ever! It had become my go to bread! It’s great, you don’t have to let it rise or anything, just mix, throw in the oven and then every one will live you and ask you to make more! Thank you so much!