Honey Beer Bread

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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.

Beer Bread Recipe

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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Easy Beer Bread Recipe

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.

How To Make Beer Bread

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.

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Then bake it up to golden perfection.
Honey Beer Bread

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

Honey Beer Bread Recipe with Butter

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

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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!

Beer Bread Recipe

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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440 comments on “Honey Beer Bread”

  1. Wow this looks so easy and delicious, I may have to give it a try!

  2. Would it be possibly to use sugar instead if I don’t have honey?

    • Hi Marisa! We haven’t tried this with sugar instead of honey, and while we’re sure it should work fine, you’ll just need to adjust the liquid a bit (because of honey being a liquid and sugar being a dry ingredient). You would probably need to try 1/4 cup plus 2 TBS sugar, and add 2 TBS water. If you give this a try, let us know how it turns out!

  3. I’ve been making this recipe for years…sooo good every time!!

  4. My 12-year old son fell in love with beer bread when a family friend was baking loaves to fund an adoption. Now he makes it for us. We use self rising flour – so even less ingredients! Amazing recipe, turns out perfectly every time. 

  5. I love how easy this recipe is and that there are very few ingredient. I saw your post on Instagram and thought, I have all of those ingredients already! 1 hour later and I’m totally enjoying this warm, buttery, beer-y bread! Thanks ☺️

  6. Does it taste like beer?

  7. Beer bread is one of my favorite quick things to throw together. Adding honey sounds like the perfect touch!

  8. Have you ever cooked it in a dutch oven instead of a bread pan? Do you think it would work?

    • Hey Melissa! Hmmm, good question — we haven’t, but we think it could work! If you try it, definitely let us know. :)

  9. Is it possible to leave out the honey and just put in cheese?

    • We feel that the recipe needs some sweetness, so we definitely suggest the honey, but you can still add cheese — we think that would be super yummy! :) We hope you enjoy!

  10. that top looks SO crunchy and delicious!!! love love love all the texture :)

  11. This bread was amazing! I used a pumpking beer and it tasted maazing. I’ve never made bread before so I was anxious but it turned out perfect. Thanks for subbing honey so I don’t have to use refined sugar!

  12. I’m in college,  just made it for the first time!! Tastes so great. Turned out perfect.

  13. I LOVE a good beer bread, and this one looks amazing! The honey adds the perfect touch of sweetness. Need to try this soon!

  14. I baked this a couple of days ago, and it came out wonderfully.  Not quite as pretty as yours, but close.  I used Stone Delicious IPA for it, but the next time I bake it I will probably use a lager or something that is not quite as bitter, because the bitter flavor stayed in the bread.  I am an IPA drinker by preference, but am realizing that it may not be the best for cooking (for me).  Definitely a keeper recipe.

  15. This honeybeer bread recipe looks really unique. I don’t think I’ve ever tried this type of bread before, so this would be exciting to eat for the first time. The pictures of this bread look really moist, so I hope that it comes out as soft and moist as it looks.

    • It’s so delicious, Judy (and very moist for sure) — we hope you can give it a try soon! :)

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  17. I have some beer that’s been in my refrigerator left from my brothers last visit over a year ago. Do you think this would work?  

    • Hey Terry! We wouldn’t recommend it if it’s been in the fridge longer than 6 months or so — better to get a fresh bottle.

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  19. Just made this – insanely easy.  Had all of the ingredients on hand anyway.  Great texture, perfect crust, nice and dense (in a good way), while being soft and moist.  Will definitely make again. I used an IPA and you can really smell it and taste it in there.  

  20. Can I add banana and walnut to the recipe? 

    • We haven’t tried that, so we’re not sure how they would taste in this — you could try though!

  21. Have you ever tried making a gluten free version with GF beer and perhaps a 1 to 1 all purpose GF flour blend? Just curious because this bread sounds so delicious and I’d love to give it a try but due to Celiac Disease, I have to cook and bake all things GF. Converting a recipe to GF isn’t always so easy.

    • Hi Val! Hmmm, we haven’t experimented with a GF version, but we think it’s worth a shot (if you do use GF flour, we would start with a GF AP blend). Let us know how it goes!

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  23. Does it matter if the beer is cold or room temperature?

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  25. Love this recipe it’s delicious. We don’t use beer but rather Sprite or other lemon lime soda. So good

  26. Tried this beer bread recipe for the first time the other day. I’ve tried several like. This one was delicious. I made some for gifts and subbed half cup flour for ground oats and added a small amount of brown sugar up the moisture level. Turned out delicious. I used Big Sky Brewing’s Moose Drool brown ale. Sooooooo good!

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  28. Used Blue Moon and orange zest to make a citrus beer bread for a Christmas gift tastes amazing. 

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  31. Do you normally eat this as a snack? What do you like to serve with this bread? Thanks.

  32. Love the honey in this but I used sourwood honey and it left a gingerbread flavor in the bread. The store owner did mention that when we purchased it, but forgot her warning until now! Next time, will use wildflower or clover honey!

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  34. Made this yesterday!! was delicious, didn’t know bread could be so easy!!! I don’t twitter so I can’t send you my pic lol :)

  35. The instructions say baking soda but the ingredients list says baking powder. Which do I use?

    • Hi Sondra! We’re not sure what you mean, baking powder is listed in both the recipe ingredients and the instructions. No baking soda necessary, just baking powder. We hope you enjoy the bread!

  36. Hello! I had never heard of beer bread until a friend asked if I had ever tried to make it. I quickly went online to find a recipe and came across your site. I made it today with a bottle of Shock Top Belgian White and…it was fabulous! Nice texture, good crust and the taste was wonderful. The beer added a nice yeast-roll flavor and the honey gave the right amount of sweetness. I wouldn’t change anything. Thanks for the recipe :)

    • Hi Sarita! We’re so happy you enjoyed it — thanks for giving the recipe a try! :)

  37. Regarding sondra’s comment, It says baking soda below the third picture, in the line starting “simply whisk”.

  38. I love this recepie!!! I add rosemary, oregano or italian seasoning and it works perfectly.

  39. I wonder how this would turn out in a muffin pan?

  40. Would this work with a gluten free beer and flour?

    • We’re not sure Ariana, as we’ve never experimented with it in this particular recipe. If you do though, definitely let us know how it goes!

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  43. I made beer bread years ago. This recipe is fabulous.Thanks for posting☺

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  45. Do you use baking soda or baking powder?  The former ingredient is mentioned in the text but the latter is listed in the ingredient list.

  46. I made this last week to go with my St Patrick’s day dinner, it was awesome. I used all honey and a local beer, “Blizzard of 78” which is an English style brown ale. My husband loved it and so did his girls. Especially his 13 year old. It had to be one of the easiest recipes I have ever made. Thank you for the recipe, now its time to experiment with different beers. We were thinking blueberry beer would be delicious.

    • Awesome, so glad you enjoyed it! And yes, have fun with different beers — the recipe really highlights them! :)

  47. Here I am looking for a good beer bread recipe and THANK GOODNESS one of my fave food bloggers has created one! I may have to do a “test batch” today and one with my soup recipe later this week, this looks delightful. 

  48. This is absolutely amazing! My husband was shocked that I made it and didn’t buy it at a bakery!

  49. beer and honey is going to be super combination. Looks absolutely amazing.