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Let’s do a little math story problem today.

SuperCoolBlogReader loves pumpkin bread (A).

And SuperCoolBlogReader also loves beer bread (B).

So as a result, what will SuperCoolBlogReader also love (A+B)?

(       Fill in the blank       )

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Oh yes. I’m pretty sure that all of you SuperCoolBlogReaders everywhere are going to love this Pumpkin Beer Bread! I mean, it’s a mathematical fact. ;)

As a SuperCoolBlogReader (ok, and writer) myself, I have long been a total fan of both beer bread and pumpkin bread. And judging by the pageviews on this site, apparently you all are too! The honey beer bread recipe that I posted 4 years ago on the site (as a total newbie blogger) is still one of the most popular recipes on Gimme Some Oven. And all of our pumpkin recipes are going bonkers right now (in a wonderful, pumpkin-licious way).

So for a seasonal twist, it seemed like a no-brainer to add in some pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin ale to one of my favorite breads and turn it into a Pumpkin Beer Bread.

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Truly, this pumpkin beer bread recipe highlights the best parts of both pumpkin bread and beer bread. The bread was nice and tangy from the yeast, and perfectly buttery and chewy — like beer bread. But then the bread also had a nice subtle hint of pumpkin, with a few little spices, which I loved.

To be clear, though, this bread definitely errs much more on the yeasty “beer bread” side than the sweet pumpkin bread side.  It’s the perfect bread to be served with an autumn dinner, or with some nice sweet butter.

I’m pretty sure that you — yes you, SuperCoolBlogReader — are going to love it. Enjoy!!

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Pumpkin Beer Bread

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


Add some pumpkin to your beer bread for a tasty seasonal twist!


  • 3 cups flour (I used half all-purpose, and half whole-wheat flour)
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 12-ounce bottle of beer (I recommend trying a pumpkin ale)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9×5-inch bread pan with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.
  2. Stir flour, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, honey and pumpkin puree together in a large mixing bowl until combined. Slowly add in the beer, and stir until combined and smooth.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean. Let bread rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

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94 comments on “Pumpkin Beer Bread”

  1. This bread looks soooo awesome! Yum!

  2. I have been using pumpkin beer all weekend, it has been adding some seriously awesome flavor to things! Ali, I can’t tell you enough how much I am loving this bread. Beer bread is my families favorite. It is and crazy delicious. I cannot wait to try this fun seasonal adaption. It looks incredible!

  3. I pretty much beg my husband to have a pumpkin beer most nights of the week so that I can have a few sips. Love, love this!!!

  4. This sounds so good, and looks so EASY! I will be trying this ASAP. Thanks for the recipe!


  5. I’m pretty sure I’ll love it too! That sounds like the perfect combo!

  6. Love beer bread so much! Even better with pumpkin!

  7. Oh my, Ali! This seems like the most perfect bread on Earth. I cannot wait to try it. Dinner tonight, for sure. I just found your blog a little while back, and I didn’t know you have a beer bread recipe. I will have to search it out and make it. Thanks so much for your amazing recipes!

  8. This sounds amazing!! I have been wanting to try making beer bread, and I love the added pumpkin flavor!

  9. This is happening ASAP! I bet it would be awesome with Pumpkin beer too!

  10. You are flipping brilliant. Pumpkin and beer are total besties!

  11. This is beyond brilliant, Ali! I must make this ASAP!! :)

  12. Seriously, genius idea to add pumpkin to beer bread! I am 100% sure I’m going to love it!

  13. This is so brilliant! I need to make a loaf right this minute!

  14. I need this bread in my life!

  15. Looks delicious! I love beer bread. Can’t wait to try it with the pumpkin and spices mixed in.

  16. Fabulous loaf, Ali! Love the ease of a beer bread.

  17. Gosh this looks like the most comforting bread ever made! I’m pretty sure pumpkin beer bread has never made it to Italy but I’ll have to do something about that after reading this!

  18. Ali this bread is stunning! Pinned to my pumpkin board!

  19. Not a beer fan, but I bought a bottle of Sparkling Pumpkin Spiced Cider at ALDI. Do you think that would work – maybe leave out the honey?

  20. Looks fabulous and delish! Do you think it would work GF??

  21. Love this hearty, moist pumpkin bread, Ali! It looks perfect for slathering with apple butter!

  22. I have never heard of it until now, and now I have to have it! Thanks for sharing!

  23. I really wanted to love this recipe. I was so excited when I stumbled across it that I had my loaf in the oven within 30 minutes of discovering what I hoped was the most glorious and delicious Pinterest find ever.

    But this was honestly not very good. I followed the recipe to a T; I even used a pumpkin ale for the required 12 ounces. Maybe my baking mojo was off, but this bread was bitter on the outside and flavorless in the middle. I am queen of low-sodium products and substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream, but even I thought the final product was crying out for salt and any sort of fat. With a lot of tweaking, this recipe could be a winner. As it stands? Not a fan.

  24. Hi Ali,
    Love your site and I frequently check it out. I am getting ready to teach a cooking class this month featuring pumpkin, so just did a test drive on the pumpkin beer bread. Uhhhh, it was a bust….it was doughy, even though I cooked it long after the 50-60 minutes; like 80-90 minutes. Still the outsides were brown and crusty and tough as a shoe but the inside was still doughy and pretty unflavorful. I followed the recipe to a tee (even used a Pumpkin Ale), so I thought I’d check out the comments here. Turns out everyone who has commented has never actually made the bread…only thinks it sounds great…as did I. The truth is mine got all puffy and crusty and basically looked delicious like your picture (in the loaf pan), but that was where the likeness ended. Anyhow, just wondered where I went wrong.

  25. Oh my goodness, this is my kind of bread :) it would be gone QUICK in my house!

  26. I’m Canadian, so I am having my sisters over on Saturday for just a little gathering as our parents are away (we are all old children anyways – now that I read that that looks like an odd description). And this is going to be the dessert. My lil sis has an egg allergy so I have been looking for various egg free recipes. This is the winner!

  27. I love how this quick bread has few ingredients! Can’t wait to pair it with a hearty stew on a chilly night! Thanks

  28. I had very high hopes for this recipe, but I tried it tonight and was very disappointed with the outcome. I followed the recipe exactly and it was bitter and had very little flavor. It needed to be sweeter and needed more of pumpkin flavor to be called “Pumpkin Beer Bread.” I typically love beer breads, but I would suggest not making this recipe. Sorry to disappoint.

  29. This may be a dumb question, but is it safe for kids to eat?

  30. OMG I cant wait to try this! I love how simple it is. AWESOME!

  31. I cant believe I didnt think of this, what a great recipe! Thanks!

  32. Making this right now!! I cant wait to try it!

  33. Delicious with pumpkin ale. In the oven now with Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple…can’t wait to try it!

  34. I’m dying to try making this… you’re so creative!

  35. This bread was so easy and SO good! I loved the ease of beer bread, and the subtle pumpkin. Was excellent with honey butter.

  36. This recipe looks amazing! In fact, I included it in my Pumpkin Bread Day article! Thanks!

  37. WOW! I am sooooo totally making this like soon! Like tonight!

  38. Can you use flat beer? Just wondering.

  39. I am not a beer fan, but I love beer bread. That said, I would love to try making this with hard apple cider or even apple fermented water kefir (both of which I have on hand). Thank you so much for sharing.

  40. I’m planning on making this for the first time today…is it okay to use just all-purpose flour instead of half whole wheat flour?

  41. I just made this bread….here’s what I found:
    The batter was very runny….I added a cup of oatmeal to the dough. I have to agree that the cooking temp or time is off. When I took the bread out after the suggested time it wasn’t done in the center. I put it back into the pan, in a convection oven covered in foil for 1/2 hour at 350 and it’s now perfect. I also added cardamom to my dough as I’d read the reviews about it needing more flavor. Next time I make it I will do the following:
    Add the oatmeal, use brown sugar vs the honey and back at 350 in a convection oven. If that doesn’t take care of the center not being done I’ll lower the temp again.

  42. Great looking bread and looks tasty too. It is a perfect “Bread Materpiece.”

  43. I just saw this via twitter. I took your quiz and it is a mathematical fact! I am a teacher, I’m positive it is true. ;) Pumpkin ale is already on my grocery list this for this weekend. Now I will save one for this recipe. You had me at pumpkin. :)

  44. I just made this – as muffins, actually – and was bummed to discover that they are very bitter!  Is it possible that the baking powder is a typo, that it should be 1 tsp not 1 Tbs? Maybe it’s just the beer?

    • Hi Emily! Yep, it’s a tablespoon. And the recipe shouldn’t be bitter, but it’s definitely not super sweet like a pumpkin bread. Sorry about that. Hope it turns out better next time!

  45. Pumpkin Beer Bread recipe shows a link to make home made pumpkin pie spice but the link does not work.

  46. Could I use self-rising flour?

    • Hey Michele, you sure can, you just wouldn’t need any baking powder. We hope you enjoy! :)

  47. Could I use self-rising flour for the pumpkin beer bread?

  48. I realize that I am about 2 years late in posting, but…I made this last night.  Omitted the pumpkin pie spice (didn’t have any) and used Not Your Father’s Root beer.  So freaking good.  It is already gone.  I cooked mine for 50 minutes and was scared that it was undercooked at first, but then remembered that the pumpkin will never really look or feel cooked.  :)

    • Yay, that’s awesome Krissy! We’re so happy you liked this (and btw, we LOVE Not Your Father’s Root Beer – amazing stuff!) Thanks for sharing with us. :)

  49. Just made this because it sounds wonderful, but it turned out bitter. And I don’t mean just a slight aftertaste – I mean inedible! It’s not your recipe – which sounds amazing – because this has happened to me with other beer bread recipes, as well. Any ideas as to why? Is there some trick to beer batter breads that I’m missing? Maybe the beer? I used a micro brew pilsner. I might try again with a pumpkin beer as you recommended. I absolutely love that slightly sweet yet savory flavor of beer batter breads, at least when other people make them. I really want to master this recipe! 

    • Oh no, we’re sorry to hear that Nyssa! We think it’s definitely the beer. We do know that lighter, milder beers will give a more yeasty flavor, whereas darker, more intensely flavored beers overwhelm the bread and will make it bitter. Pilsners are lighter, but they also tend to be on the bitter side, and the pumpkin beer has a softer and sweeter flavor. You shouldn’t use anything expensive, and should avoid anything hoppy (so no IPA’s or PA’s). We would definitely try it again with the pumpkin beer if you can, but if you don’t want to try the pumpkin, we’d recommend trying a wheat beer of some type. We’ve heard Oberon and Blue Moon have yielded good results. We hope this helps! :)