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.  ;)

Beer Bread

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”

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  2. I made this recipe because I needed a quick bread to go with a homemade soup. It’s really easy and good! Makes amazing french toast with the leftovers too. Just don’t let it soak in the egg too long.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious!!!! This bread is perfect and the buttery crust is delectable, thank you so much for sharing. So awesome nice and warm!

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  5. 4 stars
    Fantastic recipe. I added another 2 Tbls of butter on top and use hard cider because its what i had on hand. Very good.

  6. I am wondering if you could alter this recipe for a cornbread recipe and how one would go about doing that.
    Maybe 1/2 of the flour and the other 1/2 corn meal? I am no bread baker but love the taste of fresh bread. I am going to try this recipe, it sound scrumtious.

    • Hi Donna! Hmmm, we haven’t tried that, but we think it’s worth giving it a shot (we would try the 1/2 flour 1/2 cornmeal combo like you mentioned). If you try this, definitely let us know how it turns out! :)

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  9. 5 stars
    I’ve had your recipe for a few years and it is very easy. I’ve used various favors of beer and have even added finely chopped apple with and apple beer. Yummy to the last crumb!

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  11. 5 stars
    My 12 year old daughter made this for us today and it was so buttery and delicious!

  12. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday and it was wonderful. We ate almost half when we removed it from the pan. The buttery crust had incredible flavor too. Thank you for sharing!

  13. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious and super easy! Thank you very much! And i love that theres no sugar all honey. How do you reccomend making rolls out of this recipe?

  14. 4 stars
    I made this and took to my family Thanksgiving 30 years ago. Everyone loved it.

  15. 5 stars
    Very easy and delicious. I reduced the butter because my loaf pan was tiny, but it still tasted great.

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  18. 5 stars

  19. 5 stars
    So yummy! Warm a piece in the morning and put honey on it. You’ll die.

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  22. So good. Made with New Castle beer. Very easy.

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  25. I want to make this for a crockpot dinner, but do not have time to bake the bread right before dinner. Wondered if I baked ahead (day before or morning of) and rewarmed if it would still taste delicious. I’ve made this before so I know what it tastes like fresh baked.

    • Beer bread keeps for a few days. I make it all the time just to have around and then reheat a slice or two in the microwave as needed. It holds up well.

  26. 5 stars
    This is awesome! Simple and yummy. Paired nicely with the cabbage soup.

  27. 5 stars
    I never ate beer bread, it’s very tasty. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! 💋

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  33. 5 stars
    I’m just waiting for the bread to finish. The aroma in the house is sensational.
    The Cabbage soup is simmering. I made it yesterday and am reheating.
    I think your recipes are incredible

  34. 5 stars
    The best and very flavourful and fast trick for replacing the yeast. I have adopted some beer into my pancakes as well. Definitely worth baking for the short time it takes. Perfect Instructions and Real Images. Fantastic!

  35. 5 stars
    I made this bread, however I added sauteed jalapeno and colby cheese. On the second batch I added fresh pesto it was awesome.

  36. 5 stars
    This d is delicious and simple to make. I have a loaf in the oven now and it only took me about 5 minutes to mix up. Try it, you’ll be happy you did.

  37. 5 stars
    So easy and delicious! I can’t believe how much flavor this bread has with such few ingredients! It freezes well so I love to make a loaf, slice it, freeze, and then pull out a slice when needed!

  38. 5 stars
    Hi. Can this be made with Almond flour? Thank you

  39. 5 stars
    I loved the bread with added cheddar but we couldn’t cut it. Tried serrated bread knife, & 3 other knifes. So we just ate it by breaking off chunks. It was still delicious! I would like to know what your cutting process is. The wonderful crunchy top was the problem. When trying to cut through that it made the rest of the loaf crumble. Baked for 43 min. Will make it again crumbling or not.

  40. 5 stars
    Gorgeous and really yummy!

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  42. 5 stars
    This bread was so great! My hubby cracked his tooth this mirning and couldn’t get an appointment right away . I needed to make something easy to eat. I had loaded potato soup in the crockpot, and decided last minute that bread was needed. I found your recipe. It was perfection! Wow. It rose higher than your photo. It was amazing! My hubby actually thanked me for such a great dinner. I shared your bread recipe with my sister, because I was so excited that a recipe so easy could be so good. Thank you so much!

  43. My friend gave me a sample beer that is chai tea infused. I am definitely trying this recipe with that beer! Very excited to see how it turns out!

  44. 5 stars
    Made this tonight to go with crockpot beef roast and it was a major hit!! We all loved it. So happy I found this recipe =)

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  47. I tried substituting almond flour. It doesn’t want to come out of the pan.

    • Yes, almond flour would not work as a 1:1 substitution with all-purpose flour in this recipe. If you are looking for a gluten-free alternative, you would need to use an all-purpose GF flour blend (and GF beer).

  48. just wondering if I could use brown sugar, instead of white, to mix with the honey ?

  49. Can you use this bread for spinach dip or other dips?

  50. I was wondering if this could be put into a bread machine?