Easy Guinness Beer Bread

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Easy Guinness Beer Bread has only 4 ingredients! It’s an easy no yeast bread that has the texture of bread thanks to the beer!

This bread recipe is the perfect side dish for stew or soup. Bread is something that goes so well with soup…so next time you’re making some you should whip up a batch of this.

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Why I love Beer Bread

I may not like drinking beer, but I still like beer in my bread. Especially when it’s GUINNESS in my bread! Not only is it easy, but the texture is that of actual bread, even though this is an easy quick bread, because of the beer!

Whenever I make soup or stew or salad, I always want a side of bread. This easy beer bread recipe has only 4 ingredients and comes together in minutes so it’s an easy side dish for any time of the year, especially if you’re making beef stew or corn beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day.

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What kind of beer is the best for beer bread?

I don’t know what the best beer for beer bread is, but I’m going to give it a go and say that it’s Guinness. Guinness is a dark and rich beer, which gives the flavor of this bread a savory and rich taste. Regardless of what beer you use (because you can use any kind), this bread is easy to make and easy to eat.

Ingredients in Beer Bread

This recipe has only 4 ingredients: let’s break them down:

  1. Self-Rising Flour: this is crucial for the 4 ingredient label. Self-rising flour is flour with baking powder and salt added in. Don’t have it or can’t find it? Refer to my How to make Self-Rising Flour guide.
  2. Sugar: this is also needed. The bread isn’t sweet as it is, without it the bread would be bitter. A little sugar helps every recipe. Because I’m using Guinness, I used brown sugar. Granulated sugar or honey would also work.
  3. Butter: all good baking recipes need fat. This recipe has melted butter in the bread and on top (for flavor and color). You can also use oil or melted coconut oil, if you prefer.
  4. BEER: obviously. Guinness bread wouldn’t exist without adding beer! I love the flavor of Guinness in this, but use your favorite. The bubbles in the beer help the bread rise…I wouldn’t be surprised if you could this with soda!
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How to make Beer Bread

1. Pan: you’ll want to use a loaf pan, either 8×4 or 9×5.

2. Mix: Whisk self-rising flour and brown sugar until no lumps remain. Stir in beer and 3 tablespoons of the butter. Batter will be thick.

3. Spread: Spread batter in prepared pan. Brush with remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.

4. Bake: Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Easy 4 ingredient Guinness Beer Bread recipe

FAQ

Does beer bread have yeast? No – the beer acts as the yeast for rising.  Because this recipe uses self-rising flour, it is a real quick bread. You could probably make this into a sweet beer bread by using a lighter beer and more sugar (or honey) but using Guinness makes it perfectly savory and great with a nice slab of butter.

Can kids eat beer bread? Will I get drunk off beer bread? One thing that’s great about any beer bread recipe is that the alcohol cooks out; this is a kid-friendly side dish. The bread doesn’t taste like Guinness (remember, I don’t like drinking beer!) but it does lend a savory and rich flavor to the bread. It’s the main component, so even if you don’t want to make Guinness Beer Bread, use a beer you’re in love with. I’m especially interested to try a cider or one of the new flavored beers.

How to store beer bread: store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Or freeze this for up to a month.

Variations for Beer Bread:

  • Add 1 teaspoon dried herbs to the batter! I think this would be great with thyme or rosemary or Italian seasoning.
  • Use honey, maple, or agave syrup in place of the brown sugar
  • Add garlic to the batter: 2-3 cloves minced or ½ teaspoon powder.
  • Add cheese: white cheddar cheese would be fantastic! Stir it in after adding the beer.

What to eat with Beer Bread

Serve warm or room temperature plain or with butter.

Easy Guinness Beer Bread has just 4 ingredients and is the perfect side dish. We love eating this with soup or stew!

Serve it with Potato Leek Soup or as a side dish to Crockpot Roast!

This bread is a great side dish to Becky’s Beef Stew or Holly’s Shepherd’s Pie Soup!

Easy Guinness Beer Bread

Easy Guinness Beer Bread has only 4 ingredients! This bread recipe is the perfect side dish for stew or soup, especially on St. Patrick’s Day. Or, make this with any beer you like on any day of the year!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size 1 slice

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (372g) self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 bottle 11.2 ounces/331 ml Guinness beer (or use any beer)
  • 1/4 cup (57g) butter, melted (divided)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 8×4-inch or 9×5-inch bead pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Whisk self-rising flour and brown sugar until no lumps remain. Stir in beer and 3 tablespoons of the butter. Batter will be thick.
  • Spread batter in prepared pan. Brush with remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Serve warm or room temperature plain or with butter. Eat or freeze within 2 days.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 432mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Beer Bread is an easy no yeast bread made with beer! Guinness Beer Bread is the perfect easy side dish – a quick bread for any day!

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  1. Yummy! Didn’t have self rising flour so I used the other provided recipe to make it and this turned out great! Making it again tomorrow for St.Patties Day!!

  2. help…this bread looks really good and I want to make it but I am confused! 3 c flour = 428 grams….nowhere do I find that gram weight = 3 cups. I have a bag of self rising KAF in my pantry – 1c= 120 grams…and on their website …1c= 113g!! I prefer to bake by weight but 428g is almost 25% more than I would use when going by their site…a huge difference! What’s right? BTW, similar discrepancy in brown sugar weight but not so much that I think it makes a difference; your recipe shows 1/4c= 37g, my box of Domino shows 48g and KAF is 53!! Yikes…what do I do?! Thanks!

    1. Yikes thank you for letting me know. I’ve been much better about weighing things lately, and I’ll adjust the recipe. My go-to amounts are: 1 cup AP flour = 124g and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar = 50g

      1. Thanks for quick follow up. Made the bread…with adjusted weights!… and it’s terrific! Next time will try it with added cheese.

  3. This looks awesome! Unfortunately Guinness is so hard to come by where I live (Port Elizabeth), so I’d have to swap it with a stout. But will definitely be giving this a go!

  4. I hate beer. Like whoa…no beer for me ever. I didn’t know you didn’t like it either. But I do love beer bread! I haven’t made beer bread in years and yours looks so good!