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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!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: 5


  • 3 cups (372g) self-rising flour
  • ¼ cup (50g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 bottle 11.2 ounces/331 ml Guinness beer (or use any beer)
  • ¼ cup (57g) butter, melted (divided)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 8x4-inch or 9x5-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.



  • Regardless of what beer you use (because you can use any kind), this bread is easy to make and easy to eat.
  • Store this bread wrapped well in plastic or in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to a month.


  • 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 1/2 teaspoon powder.
  • Add cheese: white cheddar cheese would be fantastic! Stir it in after adding the beer.


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