Beer Bread Recipe (3-ingredients)

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With no yeast, no kneading, and just 3 ingredients, this Beer Bread is a homemade bread recipe that anyone can make. Ready in under an hour, with just 5 minutes of prep!

Quick & Easy Beer Bread Recipe

This beer bread may be the easiest bread recipe you ever make. It requires just 3 ingredients and the only steps are simply to mix the ingredients and bake them. It might seem too good to be true but it’s literally that easy!

Beer bread can be used to make sandwiches or toast but I personally love it when served with chili and soup. I love the dense, moist texture and the light beer flavor. While this is a recipe for basic beer bread, I’ve also included lots of suggestions for other variations.

What You’ll Need

There are just 3 ingredients needed to make this easy beer bread recipe!

(full amounts in recipe box below)

  • Self-Rising Flour – Since we’re using self-rising flour, there’s no need to add baking soda or other ingredients often found in beer bread recipes.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Beer – See below for notes on which beer to use.

What is Self Rising Flour?

Self rising flour is a combination of flour, baking powder, and salt. This combination cuts out a lot of extra time and work from traditional bread recipes because there’s no yeast needed and therefore no rise time.

Optional-Mix-In Ideas

Customize your beer bread by adding some additional ingredients when you stir the dough.

  • Fresh, chopped herbs such as rosemary or thyme
  • Shredded cheeses such as cheddar or pepper jack
  • Raw or roasted garlic
  • Finely diced jalapenos (this would be good with the cheese)
  • Honey (for a sweet flavor)
  • Butter (brushed over the top)

What Kind Of Beer Should I Use To Make Beer Bread?

You can use any kind of beer you prefer. My personal preference is to use golden ale beers, but any beer will work just fine. The beer flavor is actually very faint, especially when you use light beer. The real purpose of the beer is to create air bubbles that make the bread rise and baking the bread does cook the alcohol off, so this recipe is enjoyable for the entire family.

You can also get creative and try seasonal beers, like pumpkin ale, or hard ciders.

A loaf of sliced beer bread

How to Make Beer Bread

There are just a few steps to making this homemade bread recipe.

  • Make the batter. Mix together the ingredients, until fully combined.
  • Bake. Transfer the batter to the greased loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Cool. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing.

Serving Suggestions

Beer bread, like most homemade breads, is extremely versatile. Sometimes I’ll enjoy the warm slices with some butter or even whipped cinnamon butter.

This bread can also be used for sandwiches or turned into toast. It makes a great side for soup (especially if you add the cheddar cheese, yum!), chili, or anything else you’d typically serve bread with.

How to Store

Homemade bread can be stored at room temperature for 3 days or in the fridge for 5 days. One trick I have for ensuring it stays moist and tender is to place a paper towel with it in the airtight container.

Can I Freeze This?

Beer bread does freeze very well. Once it cools completely, wrap it in plastic wrap then freeze in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge then enjoy!

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A loaf of beer bread with two slices
5 from 14 votes

3-ingredient Beer Bread Recipe

With no yeast, no kneading, and just 3 ingredients, this Beer Bread is a homemade bread recipe that anyone can make. Ready in under an hour, with just 5 minutes of prep!
Servings: 10 slices
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 45 mins


  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces beer


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and beer until it is fully combined. The batter will be thick. Spoon the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Take out of the oven and let sit for five minutes, then remove the bread from the pan and let cool completely before slicing.


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg


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36 comments on “Beer Bread Recipe (3-ingredients)”

  1. Well, I can never follow a recipe EVER and I added 1/2 teaspoon of herbs de province, 8 cloves of pressed garlic and added everything bagel seasoning to the top and baked @375 for 40 minutes. I did pull the loaf out of the oven the last 5 minutes and added freshly grated parmesan!! Wow!!! Yum!

  2. 5 stars
    Bread was delicious, but very crumbly. Looking at google why that would be, says don’t have enough gluten. Or added too much flour. What would help it not be so crumbly?

  3. 5 stars
    Is there a gluten free/ keto type beer bread. Could i substitute maybe almond flour, just asking. I’ve had beer bread before with soup or chili, live it.

  4. 5 stars
    This is my go to for beer bread. So simple and it comes out perfect every time. The only thing I do differently is add some melted butter to the top prior to baking.

  5. 5 stars
    Made a loaf and shared with my 17 yr old grandson. He said he liked it, but with a teenager… who knows. So for his 18th birthday I asked him what kind of cake he wanted. Shock and surprise … he asked for a loaf of beer bread instead. Love that boy… <3

  6. My 3rd time to make beer bread;
    I used 7up, no beer available.
    Added a little more sugar and some lemon juice. DELICIOUS…

  7. It tasted so good. But, the center did not cook it was very doughy after 60 min baking time.  I had to throw the center out. Any ideas what could have gone wrong ? I used Sam Adams Octoberfest beer. 

    1. Your oven may run hotter, it may even be a recent change in temp, if that is the case, turn your temp down from what is called for, maybe 25 degrees F and try again, should be good when toothpick comes out clean from the center, or a fork if you don’t have toothpicks. there are many variables that can make that happen, honestly, good luck!

  8. 5 stars
    So good! I too added melted butter mid- bake. I melted 1/2 a stick of butter, came out perfectly. Now I have one I. The oven with jalapeno and cheddar. Hopefully that works as well! Yum!!

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