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Easy 3 Ingredient Beer Bread Recipe

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Beer Bread is a deceptively simple bread with only 3 ingredients! Once you learn this easy bread recipe, you’ll find yourself making it again and again. Serve it alongside Instant Pot Beef Stew, Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew, or our favorite Ham, Potato, Bacon Cheddar Soup!

beer bread with bottle of beer

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Have you had the pleasure of making beer bread before? Beer bread is the non-baker’s bread recipe because it is amazingly easy and deceptively simple. 

What’s more, you can really alter the taste of your bread depending on what kind of beer you use.  Here is a no-fail recipe for making your own warm, crispy, crumbly beer bread:

Only 3 Ingredients

  • self-rising flour
  • sugar
  • beer

It is very important to use self-rising flour for this recipe. If you do not have any you can make your own by combining 3 cups of flour with 3 3/4 teaspoons of baking soda and 3/4 teaspoons of salt for this recipe.

You can also change the recipe dramatically by changing beers-my loaf today has Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale, yum! It tastes just as good with your run-of-the mill regular beer too though! I’ve also made a variation on this recipe with a Guinness Beer Bread that was absolutely delicious!

Step by step

  1. Combine the three ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix until just moistened.
  3. Pour the dough in a pan.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes and that’s it!

I told you it was too easy!

How to Serve

You can serve this bread warm or cooled. It slices better once cooled but I’ll take the crumbles any day for a warm slice with butter (or Homemade Garlic Butter), yum!!

Recipe Variations

  • add dried herbs such as rosemary
  • add garlic butter to the top of the bread after baking
  • mix minced garlic into the batter
  • top with a cheese that compliments your beer


This bread will stay fresh stored in a sealed bag at room temperature for about 3 days.

To freeze the beer bread, simply wrap in two layers of plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. To thaw, set out on the counter overnight.

If you want more easy bread recipes, be sure to check out my 15 minute Homemade Drop Biscuits, Pretzel Bread, or my most popular recipe, Apple Cinnamon Bread (pinned over a million times!)

If you try this recipe, please comment and rate it below, I love hearing from you!

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Easy 3 Ingredient Beer Bread Recipe

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  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x


Beer Bread is a deceptively simple bread with only 3 ingredients! Once you learn this easy bread recipe, you’ll find yourself making it again and again!


Units Scale
  • 3 cups SELF RISING flour (***this is important-if you don’t have this see note below***)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 12oz. bottle of beer at room temperature



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9-by-5-by-3 standard loaf pan
  3. Whisk dry ingredients together
  4. Pour in beer.  With a big wooden spoon, quickly mix ingredients together until everything is incorporated.  Don’t over mix, you need to get it in the oven before the carbonation fades.
  5. Drop into the pan and level it out.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes.  This is very forgiving.  If it doesn’t look done bake another 5 (max 10) minutes.  Every time I have made it, it has been perfect at 50 minutes.
  7. Remove from pan and enjoy.  It cuts better when it cools but ohmygoodness is it tasty with butter when HOT !


  1. If you don’t have Self Rising Flour make your own! For every one cup of flour add 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 1/4 tsp of salt so for this recipe use-3 cups of all purpose flour, 4 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 3/4 tsp of salt
  2. You can change the recipe dramatically by changing beers-my loaf today has Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale, yum! It tastes just as good with your run-of-the mill regular beer too though!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: bread
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 205
  • Sugar: 8.4 g
  • Sodium: 6.8 mg
  • Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.1 g
  • Protein: 4.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Have you made beer bread before? Let me know if you try my recipe! You might also like this delicious Beer Bread with Garlic and Cheese from my friend Kim at Today’s Creative Life!

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  1. Ohhhhh, Emmmmm, Geeeeeeee! I just made this beer bread today. It came out of the oven like five minutes ago. This is THE BEST quick bread I have ever tasted. Period. I live in Louisville, GA. (loo-isss-ville). No Pumpkin Ale to be had. Anywhere. So, I got some Raspberry Wheat put out by Shock Top. You are not kidding when you say any flave will do. The subtle flavor of raspberry is soooo extraordinary! I bought 3 other favors, and I cannot wait to try them. One is a Blueberry put out by Wild Blue, A Cherry Wheat by Samuel Adams, and a Belgian White from Blue moon. I think I saw a peach ale too. Just wish I coulda gotten the pumpkin ale. But that raspberry. Oh, my,my,my!

    1. Thank you SO much Donna, you have no idea how much you just brightened my day with such a lovely comment! Really-I’m just over the moon happy! The Raspberry Wheat sounds like it would be great! I’ll have to go to one of those shops where you can mix and match beers to get a variety to try! Thanks again for the sweet comment!!

  2. I make this all the time but my recipe uses 1/2 cup sugar. SO good!!! I’ve never thought to reduce it but I’m thrilled to know you can use SO much less sugar to make it.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I’ve been meaning to make beer bread for a while now.

    Thanks for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

  4. My recipe is the same as yours except that 15-20 min. into the baking you pour 1/2 a stick of melted butter (or margarine) over it all. It soaks in to create some buttery goodness!

  5. I love beer bread! I use pretty much this same recipe, but pour some melted butter on top before cooking – not exactly healthy, but so good. I also like to add mix-ins – grated cheese or some fresh herbs – then it’s like I made something fancy, but still SO easy.

  6. Did you read my mind? I have a pack of this pumpkin beer at home and I was just thinking over the weekend that it might be really good in bread. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I so have to do this! Too bad none of the beer we had in the house survived the weekend. I think there’s an old bottle of rum around here somewhere though… probably not the same, right? 🙂 Love that you explained how to make self-rising flour. I didn’t know that!

  8. Melissa, this looks really good. I will have to try the recipe. I am so glad to have you joining for the first time. It was wonderful to meet you, too. That was such a fun conference.

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