Buttery Beer Bread

No yeast, No problem! This recipe is a light and fluffy buttery bread that is filled with a special ingredient that substitutes for yeast. You guessed it, beer! With this six ingredient recipe you will be sure to please your family with this homemade buttery beer bread recipe!

Forget about yeast for this recipe. But if you are one of the lucky ones that has found yeast here are a few of my favorite homemade bread recipes like grandma’s perfect homemade bread recipe, focaccia bread recipe or this miracle no knead bread.

Buttery beer bread loaf in a photo.

Buttery Beer Bread

I am so excited to share this irresistible buttery beer bread with you! It is so easy to make and no need to have yeast. Yep! That’s the best part! Yeast is a hot item right now and I knew that we all needed some carbs at this point. Buttery beer bread is delicious and flavorful. Once you make your first loaf you will wonder why you haven’t made this yet. It is one of the best homemade breads ever!

Let me tell you, it is all pantry staple ingredients that is simple to mix together and bake all in one day. It is that fun and easy! Homemade bread is one of my very favorite things to eat. Pair it with your favorite soup, slow cooker meal or just enjoy it warm and fresh out of the oven. Enjoy it anyway you want it!

Beer can be a scary word for some people. I know we don’t drink it or promote it but with this combination it creates a homemade bread skipping the yeast. If you are not a beer fan in general you don’t have to worry about the taste either. There is no beer taste, no alcohol in the bread and no way to get a little tipsy with this bread recipe. It is family friendly, kid friendly and full of flavor without the beer taste. Give it a try and see how amazed you will be!

What is Beer Bread?

Beer bread is a quick and simple bread recipe that has a special flavoring added to it. Can you guess? It is a bottle of beer. I know I don’t encourage alcohol and don’t drink it myself but this bread recipe is all about it. The crazy part is, the beer actually bakes right out of the bread as it is baking at a high temperature.

Since there is a limit on yeast, this beer bread sounded perfect to me since there is no yeast in this bread. The beer is acting in place of the yeast for this bread recipe. With the help of baking powder this combination creates one amazingly delicious bread that is over the top delicious. Don’t let the beer scare you away. It is even safe for kids of all ages. As the beer bread is baking the beer in the ingredients does and will bake out of the bread leaving it totally kid and adult alcohol free.

Recipe Ingredients:

You would say this recipe is pretty easy! All the ingredients are staple pantry items plus only 6 ingredients. It is crazy to think that these ingredients are going to make such a soft and moist bread recipe. Within a few minutes this homemade bread recipe will be ready to bake and smell all throughout your home. Enjoy a warm slice of bread soon enough!

  • Flour: This helps thicken and stick all the ingredients together.
  • Baking Powder: Has a special power by creating a yeast with the beer can.
  • Salt: Fine sea salt works really well.
  • Brown Sugar: Sweeten the bread a bit with some brown sugar.
  • White Sugar: Adds that sweet and sugary taste to the beer bread.
  • Beer Can: Go with your favorite or try something new. The main reason for the beer is not for flavoring but for creating a yeast with the baking powder.
  • Butter: The butter helps give it that soft butter taste and look on the inside as well as a thick and crispy crust on the outside.

How to Make Beer Bread:

No need to worry about the beer. The alcohol will bake right out of the bread. Its purpose is focused on creating a simple combination of yeast to help make this homemade bread. The new way of making bread at home!

  1. Mix ingredients together: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add the brown sugar and white sugar.  Add the beer and mix together until it forms a dough.
  2. Spread the dough in a pan: In a 9×5 inch greased loaf pan spread the dough evenly.  Pour melted butter on top.  Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes clean.

The Recipe Critic Pro Tip:

It is best to use a darker beer for the flavoring but a lighter beer will also work. 

The process of making butter beer bread by combining all ingredients together then letting it sit then adding it to a loaf pan with parchment paper underneath.

Beer Bread Variations:

Let’s customize your bread! These variations are always fun suggestions on how to create more than just one recipe.

  • Honey: A touch of honey creates a sweeter bread that is comforting and will melt in your mouth, it is that good!
  • Herbs and seasonings: Mix in your favorite fresh or dried herbs to have more flavors. Rosemary or thyme are some of my favorites!
  • Garlic: Garlic seems to be in everything and loved by most. Add in a clove or two to the batter and smell it while it is baking!
  • Cheese: Sprinkle shredded cheese in the batter or over top and make a cheesy beer bread.
  • Spicy: I do love a little heat. Add in jalapeños or green chilies for some spicy bread variations.

Tips For the Best Beer Bread:

These tips are helpful and can make this beer bread even better!

  • Beer: I do not drink beer so I am not an expert but I have found as I am cooking and baking that a darker beer is best. It adds more flavor. I have tried a few different beers in my bread recipe and so far the darker seems to have the most flavor. Not to worry though, it is a buttery, moist and delicious flavor that doesn’t taste like beer at all.
  • Substitute: If you are worried about too much sugar, substitute the sugar with the same amount of honey.
  • Slicing the bread: It is best to use a serrated sharp knife when slicing the bread. This will give it a clean and crisp cut every time.

Serving Ideas:

Serve this buttery beer bread with your favorite topping or as a side dish! Just beware, this bread is the best and won’t last long!

  • Spread honey and butter over top
  • Butter and jam is always a classic
  • Add it as a side dish to soup like chili, vegetable or a thick bean soup.
  • Have a side dish to your favorite stew or slow cooker meal.

Beer bread sliced a piece off to see the thick and soft inside of the bread.

Best Way to Store:

It is best to store this bread at room temperature in a sealed bag. It will stay fresh for about 3 to 5 days long. This beer bread recipe does not need to be stored in the refrigerator. It will actually dry out the bread as well as go stale more quickly.

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Buttery beer bread sliced up on a cutting board.

Buttery Beer Bread

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 12 slices

No yeast, No problem!  This recipe is a light and fluffy buttery bread that is filled with a special ingredient that substitutes for yeast. You guessed it, beer! With this six ingredient recipe you will be sure to please your family with this homemade bread recipe! 

Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword beer bread, beer bread recipe, butter bread, buttery beer bread, buttery beer bread reipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 12 ounce can beer
  • 1/2 cup butter melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the brown sugar and white sugar. Add the beer and mix together until it forms a dough.

  2. In a 9x5 inch greased loaf pan spread the dough evenly. Pour melted butter on top. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes clean.

Recipe Notes

The alcohol in beer bread evaporated as it bakes. 

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 12

Serving1sliceCalories229kcal (11%)Carbohydrates34g (11%)Protein3g (6%)Fat8g (12%)Saturated Fat5g (25%)Cholesterol20mg (7%)Sodium265mg (11%)Potassium149mg (4%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar9g (10%)Vitamin A236IU (5%)Calcium55mg (6%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Warm buttery bread sliced up with a slice of butter on top that is slowly melting. .

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this. Yes, yeast is no where to be found. What type of mixer do you recommend? Stand or hand held?

  2. Thank you Alyssa Rivers for the reminder. I have made bread like this in the past using a can of any flavor soft drink or or sparkling water. Works great. Last time I used orange pop. The baking soda reacts with the acidic fizzy drink in the same way as the beer. If you don’t have beer try sparkling water or diet Coke or sugary root beer. It works the same. I also use diet rootbeer for my last batch “beer batter” onion rings. Any fizzy drink works great!

  3. This was so easy and everyone loved it! I recommend putting a baking sheet under your pan because some of the butter spilled off when I baked mine. Thank you for the recipe :-)!

    1. 5 stars
      Baking sheet under the pan is definitely a must! LOL this should be in the instructions 🤪. My oven was so Smokey and a mess. 🤦🏻‍♀️

      But so worth it. I did cut the butter to half of the recipe and it was delicious

  4. 5 stars
    Made this bread this evening. This bread is super simple to make and incredibly delicious!! I have made beer bread from boxes before and those days are forever over! Thank you!

  5. Its a very rich, satisfying type of bread that one can have as a thick slice for breakfast with butter on top & a little homemade jam.

  6. A couple of clients have said baking soda….it is baking powder in the recipe…which is it? I made it with bp and it is yummy. Thank you for this at a time it is hard to find yeast.

  7. 5 stars
    This bread was so easy and delicious!!! Love love love it! Next time I’m going to add cheese… yum. Thanks for an easy bread recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    Hello Alyssa,
    thank you so much for that dream recipe….
    I used a very dark beer and I added walnuts and hazelnuts, it was incredible.
    Just a tip…try to use a very good butter…it’s very important.
    Greetings from Roma Italy…stay safe!
    Thank you again,
    Ciao Marco

  9. So easy to make I used white wheat
    I prefer the taste of wheat over white bread
    I also used dark honey and Modelo beer didn’t have any cheep beer it came out so good.

  10. I’ve made this in Israel for years, using 350g self raising flour (no baking powder used). I mix in 50g chopped green olives, 50g sun dried tomatoes, 50g cheddar cheese grated. Sprinkle the top with sunflower seeds instead of using butter. Comes out absolutely delicious.

  11. This bread was my FIRST ATTEMPT at making bread. I looked in awe as my husband lifted out of the oven! Smelled
    So good.while we were taking our bows, I discovered that I had forgotten the brown sugar my husband realized that he at the oven set for 350 instead of 375. Thank God he caught it at about 25 min. The bread was delicious crispy and a little thick and heavy inside We loved it. Gonna make some tomorrow right this time!

    1. I like to wait about 10-15 minutes. Let it setup from being warm so it is not falling apart as much. I will admit, there are times we can’t even wait that long though. haha

  12. I make this whenever I have company. I cut it up into bite size pieces and serve it with a creamy spinach dip. There is never any left. Keep your delicious recipes coming.

  13. I love bread so it is best to ration it for me. I let the bread cool completely then slice it, put one slice in a sandwich bag and while sealing it taking out as much air as possible. I then put all the bags in a gallon bag then pop in the freezer. When I take it out because I can’t wait I pop the slice in my toaster oven and toast it. Delicious!! I also added 1 teaspoon each Rosemary and Thyme. It is always delicious and so easy!!

  14. 5 stars
    I made this tonight, following the basic recipe and it is amazing! The buttery crust, moist inside, and so easy to make. My family doesn’t believe there is beer in it. Feels good to be a super star tonight.

      1. 5 stars
        Very interesting to know that because I love making beer bread and didn’t have a sifter for the flour and wasn’t sure how it would come out differently. Also my husband wants me to make one loaf plain and one loaf with garlic powder and shredded cheese, will the 1/2 c of sugar with the add ins alter the taste or should it still be yummy?

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