Honey Beer Bread

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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

  • 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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572 comments on “Honey Beer Bread”

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. Does the beer need to be room temperature?

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  5. 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.

  6. 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! :)

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  8. 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.

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  10. Can you use any beer?

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  14. 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.

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  16. 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!!!!

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  19. 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…

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

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  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

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  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. Made it and LOVED it! I altered the recipe just a tad but not much. I did melt the 4 Tablespoons of butter for the bottom of the pan and drizzled two Tablespoons of butter over the top of the bread which was perfect. I also drizzled some additional honey over the top of the bread before baking and added two teaspoons of freshly chopped Rosemary. The beer I used was Buffalo Bill’s Brewery Orange Blossom Cream Ale (You can find it at Total Wine and Cost Plus World Market). Thanks for the recipe, it was so simple and wonderful I will be making this one quite a bit.

  31. I’ve made this bread a few times, but last night was my favorite variation! I used a vanilla stout from a local brewery, doubled the butter, and made some cinnamon honey butter to go with it. My entire family raved about it!

  32. Is it possible to use non-alcoholic beer?

  33. I make beer bread all the time. 3 cups self rising flour, 1can beer, 1/4 cup sugar. Spray pan with Pam, bake at 375 for about an hr. Half way through pour 1/4 cup melted butter over loaf. Never fails.

  34. I normally see recipes online, save them, and forget about them, but this one was so easy, I just had to try it. I found it using StumbleUpon last week and made a loaf yesterday using Corona. Before it as even cooled I had cut a three pieces. One for myself, one for my Mom and one for my Dad. My Mom immediately set to making a loaf and my boyfriend is going to make one this evening. This is so wonderfully quick and easy. It may become a naughty staple in my house.

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  36. My first loaf is in the oven as I write this. I feel confident that my loaf will be yummalicious! I’ve read everyone’s reviews and appreciate all of the ideas about various herbs and types of beer. This recipe will be a keeper, I’ve no doubt. Bon Apetit!

  37. I just pulled a loaf of this out of the oven and…OMG…it is good! I used Redd’s Apple Ale and added a generous handful of Sargento’s Four-State Cheddar Blend because apples and cheddar cheese are perfect together! The only hitch was that the cheese caused the loaf to stick a bit to the bottom of the pan, even with all the butter….but that sliver of buttery cheesy goodness that remained stuck on the pan went straight between my lips and was it delish! I can’t wait until the loaf cools off and I can carve off a slice of this heavenly bread!

    • All you need to do is line the bottom of the loaf pan with a strip of parchment paper. When the loaf comes out, just slide a knife around to loosen the sides and the whole thing will pop right out. I do this with my weekly banana bread and it is so helpful! Thanks for the idea about cheese and apple ale ;)

  38. This was delicious and SO EASY–my kind of recipe. I used Blue Moon. I’m going to add cheese + herbs in my next loaf. I bet this would be amazing paired with a creamy soup like broccoli cheddar. I think next time I make it as a “sweet” bread, I’m going to add extra honey, and maybe a tad more sugar. What’s a few more calories? :)

  39. Beer bread is amazing. this is my first time using this recipe. my bread is in the oven with extra cheddar! hehe. i used plain ol budweiser and greased the glass pans with crisco shortening. i think that is the key for preventing them from sticking because if you use butter to grease the pans, the solids in the butter will make it an easier surface to cling on. i can tell these are going to be delicious, but on the recipe it calls the finished product before baking, a batter. it confused me because i wasnt sure what my “batter” was supposed to look like. it was almost as dry as regular bread dough, but still a little sticky…..is that how its supposed to be? i just remember beer bread having a more wet consistancy? anyways….i used the extra butter and its going to be delicious no matter what! thanks for the recipe

  40. Just made it with Killian’s Irish stout. The bread was a little dense for me, but I did use mostly whole wheat flour, so that might be on me. I think next time I will add more honey in with the melted butter :) But this is by far the easiest bread I have ever made.

  41. Why don’t you make your recipes printable?
    Unless I learn differently I will not visit this site again!

    • Ummmm…Ev Ivy…on normal computers, you can copy a recipe and paste it onto a Word or Pages document and print that. But with an attitude like yours, I wouldn’t want you to visit this site again! (I am not affiliated with this blog, but I wish I was so I could’ve deleted her post!)

    • You know you can copy and paste it into a document program or even into an email draft and then print it…

    • You can always highlight the recipe and then copy and paste into word. It takes less than a minute. That’s what I usually do when I can’t print a recipe :)

    • Alternatively, right clicking the page and saving it as an html file works.

    • You will be able to print these out by using your tool section located in the upper right hand corner of your computer, and you can use your own print from the computer.

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  44. I made this with Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat and added some Italian seasoning and sharp cheddar cheese. I also sprinkled some kosher salt on top before baking. Yum!

    • I used the Honey Weiss for my sister. She loved it! I also use Magnolia’s Southern Pecan Ale. It gives the bread a nutty flavor.

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