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6 Ingredient Beer Bread Recipe

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6 Ingredient Beer Bread - really easy to make, and goes well with everything!

No kneading, no waiting, and just 6 ingredients!

If you think making bread is difficult, this beer bread recipe will completely change your mind. I’m surprised I hadn’t posted the recipe until now! It’s a perfect end-of-summer bread that pairs well with comfort foods such as soups, stews, or chili.

Try it alongside either my Vegetarian Chili or Sweet Potato Chili.

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

In regard to beer, I normally use an Oatmeal Stout for the recipe. However, not wishing to make a special trip to the grocery store last night, I substituted what I had on hand: Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. Still turned out delicious! The first time you try the recipe, I’d recommend using a lighter beer, especially if you’re not a fan of heavier flavors or the classic IPA hoppiness. After that, feel free to experiment with different beers and see how they change the resulting flavor of the bread.

The concept of beer bread has been around for quite a while, and you can find similar recipes in old cookbooks or perhaps even written down by your grandmother on an index card. What follows is my family’s version of the popular recipe. Hope you like it as much as we do!

Beer Bread

6 Ingredient Beer Bread

  • 3 cups spelt or white flour (I’ve not tried, but a reader had success with oat flour) (380g)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar or date sugar (liquid sweeteners work as well) (30g)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • optional, 2 cups shredded cheese such as Daiya
  • 12 oz beer of choice
  • optional, pats of buttery spread

Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9×5 loaf pan. In a large bowl, stir all dry ingredients very well. When the oven reaches the desired temperature, pour the liquid on top and stir until just evenly incorporated. Be sure not to mix too long or too vigorously. If desired, place pats of buttery spread along the top of the bread. Place on the middle rack and bake 45-55 minutes or until the loaf has risen, the top is firm, and a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Erica says:

    I don’t have onion powder- do you think i can sub with garlic powder or just leave it out comepletely?

    1. Erica says:

      First comment!

      1. You can easily leave it out. The bread recipe is pretty generous in terms of being able to play around with it. Someday I would like to try adding cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and using pumpkin ale :)

        1. Erica says:

          Ok. Thanks! :)

  2. I’ve never put cheese in my beer bread before… sounds good!!!!!

  3. Interesting! Beer and cheese – reminds me of Welsh rabbit! I think I might try to make this gluten free, using gf beer. Nice idea :)

  4. Wendy says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen date sugar called for in one of your recipes. I recently bought some date sugar and was wondering how versatile it is. Can it be used in your recipes that call for “your sugar of choice”? I would love to use it if I can.

    1. I would definitely think so, but I’ve only tried it in the ones noted. You can always experiment, and please report back when you do!

      1. Wendy says:

        OK, will do. I read that it doesn’t melt and so it not suitable for some things, but I’ll start trying it out and see how it goes.

  5. This sounds delicious Katie, perfect with a hearty soup. Can’t wait to try, pinned! 😀

  6. Kayla Capper says:

    Can this bread be frozen once it’s baked?

    1. I don’t see why not, but I haven’t tried it.

  7. This is perfect for football season! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Susan says:

    Anything with Dogfish Head beer in it would have to be good… :-) (We’ll be visiting them in a couple of weeks, really looking forward to that.) I’m curious to know if your nutrition facts are based on using the cheese or not. I’m assuming not, since you have listed it as an optional ingredient.

    1. For nutrition calculations, optional ingredients are never included (unless specifically stated).

      Enjoy Dogfish Head!

  9. What an interesting concept 😛 but will this make you tipsy?

    1. It’s only one beer for the entire recipe (8-10 servings). I also would think most of the alcohol cooks off during baking. However, I’m not a medical doctor so if you need to stay away from alcohol for any particular reason, it’s best to consult with a professional. :)

      1. Heather Searcy says:

        You might note that you can use non alcoholic beer, it still contains yeast. I made this today and its very good, I have saved your site in my favorites and look forward to making more yummy recipes.

  10. This is the easiest recipe for beer bread I’ve come across so far! Been meaning to make it for some time, thank you! 😀 x

  11. Shannon says:

    I have never tried a beer bread before! This looks simple enough… I will have to give it a try. I like your pumpkin spice idea!

  12. Julie Gordon says:

    That beer bread looks pretty good. I can’t wait to try making my own. I just hop it turns out as good as yours looks!

  13. RedEyedGhost says:

    Katie, do you have a recipe for pumpkin bread? … was what I was going to ask before I read the comments. I think I’ll give your idea a try this weekend, with maybe a little bit of nutmeg too.

      1. RedEyedGhost says:

        Well January 6th doesn’t help me for this Fall 😛

        1. I’m not allowed to post it, or I definitely would! It’s hard sitting on all of these recipes… Normally I like to share them as soon as I make them! :(

  14. Brianne says:

    Excellent recipe! So easy and with 6 simple ingredients. Thanks Katie!

  15. Chloe says:

    Does this bread taste like beer?

    1. Megan says:

      In my experience with beer breads, they don’t necessarily taste like beer, but like what the beer is made with (generally grains, similar to grains the bread is made with)
      Note though I started making beer breads well before I was much into drinking beer, which lead me to find at first I thought beer tasted rather like bread!

  16. This looks delicious and so simple! I love beer bread. Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  17. Jessica says:

    I’ve seen a recipe (which I’m sure you could swap ingredients to make it whole grain) with just self-rising flour and beer. I’ve done a similar bread with ice cream and I think it would work. It’s nice because there’s nothing added!

  18. Steph says:

    Very interesting bread recipe- no kneading or sitting or anything.. cool!

  19. Yum! I love anything that has a short ingredient list too!

  20. Alexis says:

    Hi Katie, I always love your recipes! You blog really helped me make the decision to go vegan. I love how easy and delicious everything is!

  21. EVA says:

    Being a young 19 year old gluten free gal, I’m wondering if there is any way to omit or replace the beer. I’m loving the idea of an easy, savory bread though!

    1. Kalena says:

      You should check out Omission beer. They are a beer company that brew their beer like others, however, they remove the Gluten during the beer making process. Their beers still contain hops, barley, water and yeast. Perhaps that could be an option for you!

      1. Rachel says:

        That’ll work once you’re old enough to buy alcohol (I’m assuming the 19 year old connect is because you live in the US). Until then, try ginger beer. It’s gluten free and nonalcoholic.

        1. Kalena says:

          Truth. I completely missed that you are only 19. Let me know what you end up using as a substitution.

    2. Apple says:

      Have you tried O’Doul’s? It’s non-alcoholic beer. I’d like to try that so I can serve it to my kids. Please lmk what worked for you.

  22. This sounds delicious – I have been meaning to try Beer Bread for awhile! I love your addition of onion powder and cheese :) Pinned!

  23. Rachel says:

    Do you use the onion powder and cheese when you make this with stout? I would think that would lend itself more to sweet flavors like a touch of vanilla or espresso powder.

    1. Sometimes I do add the onion powder and sometimes not. Delicious both ways. I’ve only added the Daiya once, but I don’t remember what beer I used that time. The basic recipe is really easy to play around with. It’s pretty forgiving.

      I like your vanilla or espresso idea…

      1. Rachel says:

        I made this today using Atwater Brewery’s Vanilla Java Porter and replacing the onion powder with instant coffee and vanilla bean paste. It’s pretty great; it seems like an awesome breakfast toast bread. Thanks for the recipe; I now need to make this with every beer under the sun.

  24. Lauren says:

    That beer bread sounds delicious! We just got our first pack of Pumpkin beer – so I’d love to try it with that!

  25. Valentina says:

    Hello pretty! I want to ask, is this bread sweet, or salty? Or maybe the sugar is just needed to start the rising? Anyway i think ill try it. And what kind of beer is that it? I tought you didnt drink alcool. Im italian and lover of wine! U should try some recipes with wine. It may be really innovative
    Xxx valentina

    1. It’s more like savory bread. And haha yes, I drink beer :)

  26. I LOVE beer bread, especially with chili! Your recipe looks delicious! I must say, the Dogfish Head 60 minute is an excellent choice. It is by far my favorite beer! I usually use it when I make a savory beer bread, and use a pumpkin beer when I make a sweeter beer bread. :)

  27. Steve says:

    Beer and bread, what a combo. Now add some cheese and salchichon or saucisson and I’m good to finish off the rest of the six pack :)

  28. Kyra says:

    I loooove beer bread, it’s an awesome addition to soups, stews or chillis…and it’s so quick to make! Love how you’ve put Daiya cheese and onion powder in your recipe, that sounds delicious – thanks for sharing :)

  29. Bryony says:

    The Dogfish Raison d’Etre is REALLY good for beer bread. It has that slight raison-y taste. YUM! Great recipe, Katie!

  30. Dr. Homebrew says:

    Way to keep this recipe simple. When it comes to beer and those that drink/enjoy beer, I always say that “Simple is better!” I’m going to try this recipe soon. Thank you!

  31. T says:

    Made this last night and left out the sugar (totally by accident, was in a hurry). Still came out delicious! This will definitely be a repeat in my house, and I might even try baking it in mini loaves to give as holiday gifts with a little jar of homemade chili spice mix.

  32. Caroline says:

    I’m making this tomorrow morning with Woodchuck Hard Cider. I put all of the dried ingredients together tonight, and added some black pepper, roasted acorn squash seeds, and finely chopped apple and yellow onion, I’m hoping that it’ll have real sweet and savory fall flavor!

    1. Caroline says:

      This turned out great! A little less dry than I had imagined it would be, so I don’t think it will quite be the sandwich bread that I had hoped for, but tasty none-the-less!! Thanks, Katie (=

  33. Missy says:

    Hi Katie!
    Love this recipe. I added sharp cheddar and Jalapeños! Delicious with chili! Thanks for the recipes, I love love love your blog!!!

  34. Wyn says:

    I made this today with GF flour and GF beer. I even added a teaspoon of garlic powder and I used cajun seasoning salt. It rose with no problem and it was SO easy. I have tried and tried making GF bread at home, several different ways and it never turned out well for me. I think this is a new staple at my house!! Thank you CCKatie!!!!!!

  35. Oh my goodness, this is delicious and so easy!


  36. Jess says:

    I made this for my boyfriend and he and I really enjoyed it. It was also super easy! Thanks.

  37. Anna says:

    I’ve made this recipe twice now. I’m not a beer fan (gasp!), but I did have some hard cider in my fridge that made a tasty substitute. I left out the onion powder, of course. The second time around, I added a teaspoon of cinnamon and doubled the amount of sugar to make a yummy sweet bread with apple-y flavor!

  38. Heidi says:

    Katie, have you or anyone else on here tried to make this bread with Bob’s Red Mill GF Flour or another brand of All Purpose GF Flour? Want to make it this weekend for my brother’s bday lunch but im nervous using those GF flours since it calls for regular flour…please help!

  39. Shaun says:

    Thank you for the recipe! DFH is good beer. I thought i would go a bit more on the darker side and use a Stones Arrogant Bastard Ale… Just preheating now. Thanks!