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Honey Beer Bread

Honey Beer Bread is one of the easiest, yet heartiest and most flavorful breads to make. This bread recipe just takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to prep. Every bite of buttery honey goodness and golden crunchy crust make this more than just bread! 

A loaf of honey beer bread on a wire cooling rack with a bread knife and a jar of honey in the foreground.

My kids beg me to buy beer when we go to the grocery store. When they were little, this earned me some dirty looks from other shoppers. Now that they are teenagers, it still does. LOL. 

This quick bread recipe is one of our tried and true favorites. Dense and hearty, it pairs perfectly alongside winter soups and stews like Broccoli Cheese Soup, Instant Pot Beef Stew, and Butter Bean Soup.

It’s simple to make: Just mix it up and into the pan it goes. No messy kneading. No extra tools to pull out. No extra rise time. Perfect for beginner bakers, but beloved by experienced ones all the same. 

More beginner bread recipes to try:

How to make beer bread

All-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt are added to the mixing bowl.

Step 1. Measure out your dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, and salt. Lightly stir them to combine.

The beer and honey are added to the dry ingredients.

Step 2. Add the honey and beer to the dry ingredients.

The beer bread batter is mixed just until all the flour is incorporated into the mixture.

Step 3. Mix it together until it’s just all combined.

The beer bread batter is spread into a loaf pan that has been coated with melted butter.

Step 4. Spread the bread batter into a loaf pan coated with melted butter and bake!

A loaf of honey beer bread on a cooling rack, fresh from the oven.

Step 5. Brush it with more melted butter and honey when it comes out of the oven, if desired.

In a time crunch?

Make Beer Bread Muffins! This recipe bakes just as well in a muffin tin as it does a bread pan. Simply butter the bottoms of your muffin tin, fill each cup ⅔ of the way full with bread batter, and drizzle a bit of melted butter of the top of each portion. Beer Bread Muffins can be baked at 375 degrees for about 17-19 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. 

How to choose beer for beer bread?

Beer bread usually doesn’t have an overwhelming beer flavor. Most of the alcohol cooks out and you’re left with a yeasty and slightly sweet bread. For this reason, I recommend using a cheaper light beer. I generally use Busch Light or Miller Lite. That said, choosing the beer is the easiest way to change the flavor of beer bread. Some people love using dark beers and others IPAs. Start with what you prefer. 

How to make this recipe without alcohol?

If you’d like to make this recipe without beer, it can be done. Just note that you will lose a lot of the flavor that’s traditional with a beer bread and it will generally turn out much sweeter. My recommendation is using Ginger Ale as a substitute. 

Beer bread variations

Cheese- Add up to a cup of your favorite shredded cheese. 
Herbs- Add your favorite fresh or dried herbs to the batter.
Maple- Make Maple Beer bread by switching maple syrup for the honey. 
Other add-ins: Bacon, Garlic, Jalapenos, Olives

Storing beer bread

Any bread is best when it’s still warm from the oven, but this bread will stay fresh for about 3 days when stored at room temperature in an airtight container. 

You can also freeze your beer bread. I like to cut my beer bread into thick slices and wrap them in saran wrap so that I can pull out slices of bread as needed. Just pop them into the microwave for a few seconds and it’s like you’ve got warm fresh bread all over again! 

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Honey Beer Bread

Honey Beer Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Honey Beer Bread is one of the easiest, yet heartiest and most flavorful breads to make. This bread recipe just takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to prep.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 12 ounces beer
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Lightly stir it to combine. *
  3. Add the honey and the beer and stir just until all the flour has all been incorporated.
  4. Pour half of the butter into a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan and swirl it around to coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Spread the beer batter in the loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until the loaf is golden brown all over and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Turn the bread out of the loaf pan onto a wire cooling rack and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes.
  6. Brush the baked loaf with the remaining butter, if desired.
  7. Serve warm. Slice with a bread knife or electric knife for best results.

Notes

*3 cups of self-rising flour may be substituted for the all-purpose flour and baking powder.

Beer bread variations

  • Cheese: Add up to a cup of your favorite shredded cheese. 
  • Herbs: Add your favorite fresh or dried herbs to the batter.
  • Maple beer breaad: Make Maple Beer bread by switching maple syrup for the honey. 
  • Other add-ins: Bacon, Garlic, Jalapenos, Olives

Storing beer bread

Beer bread will stay fresh for about 3 days when stored at room temperature in an airtight container. This bread can also be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, tightly wrap in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer safe container. Thaw it in the refrigerator and then place slices in the microwave for a few seconds to enjoy warm.

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Honey Beer Bread is one of the easiest, yet heartiest and most flavorful breads to make. This bread recipe just takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to prep.
Honey Beer Bread is one of the easiest, yet heartiest and most flavorful breads to make. This bread recipe just takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to prep.

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