Deliciously Easy Beer Bread Recipe for a Cozy Night

A freshly baked loaf of beer bread is a thing of beauty. With its golden brown crust and soft, fluffy interior, it’s no wonder that this delicious fermented bread has become a fan favorite in homes around the world. If you’re looking for an easy, satisfying baking project that will leave your kitchen smelling like a bakery, then look no further than this beer bread recipe – perfect for those who love both beer and bread, but don’t have the patience for sourdough or yeast bread.

With just five simple ingredients and a trusty bread machine, you’ll be enjoying freshly baked beer bread in no time. But before we dive into the details of the recipe, let me tell you why you’ll love this particular recipe (and why it’s worth bookmarking for future reference).

So what sets this beer bread recipe apart from others? For starters, it’s easy to make – no kneading required! Just dump all of your ingredients into your bread machine and let it do the work. Second, it’s versatile – you can substitute different types of beer or add in other ingredients (such as cheese or herbs) to make it your own. And finally…well, who doesn’t love the combination of fresh-baked bread and ice-cold beer?

But enough talk – let’s get baking! In the next section, we’ll go over everything you need to know about the ingredients for this tasty loaf.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Beer Bread (Bread Machine)
Beer Bread (Bread Machine)

Are you a bread lover searching for a new and exciting recipe to try out in your bread machine? Look no further than the delicious and easy beer bread recipe!

There are countless reasons to fall in love with this recipe. Firstly, it requires only five ingredients, four if you omit the olive oil- making it incredibly budget-friendly and accessible to all. There’s no need to worry about finding obscure or expensive ingredients. All you need is bread flour, fast-rising yeast, salt, sugar, and of course, beer!

This recipe is also extremely versatile- it’s an excellent base for experimenting with different flavors and variations. Add in some cheese for a cheesy beer bread or toss in some spices for a flavorful twist. Whether you prefer sweet or savory bread, this recipe can adapt to your taste preferences.

Not only is the beer bread recipe simple to make, but it also comes out with an amazing texture every time! It produces a hearty and rustic loaf that pairs well with so many dishes- soups, stews or can be eaten on its own as a snack.

Lastly, this recipe is perfect for busy individuals who don’t have infinite amounts of time to dedicate to baking. With minimal effort required thanks to the help of your trusty bread machine, you’ll have freshly baked beer bread ready in just a few short hours.

Overall, there are an endless amount of reasons why you’ll love this beer bread recipe – from simple ingredient list to its versatility, flavor and texture. So why not give it a try tonight and discover for yourself why it’s become one of our go-to recipes?

Ingredient List

Get Your Ingredients Ready

Making bread, whether by hand or in a bread machine requires a handful of quality ingredients. Here is the ingredient list for making a delicious beer bread using your trusty bread machine:

  • 2 cups (240g) bread flour
  • 1 cup (250ml) beer at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp (12.5g) sugar
  • 3 tbsp (45ml) olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (6g) salt
  • 4 teaspoon (12g) fast-rising yeast

You will also need some water to ensure the dough has the right consistency to mix well. Take care to use the right type of flour as it will affect the end result. For best results, use bread flour as it has higher gluten content than other types of flour which makes for a chewy and soft texture. Lastly, I recommend choosing a flavorful beer like an ale or lager for an extra depth of flavor.

Don’t worry if you are missing one or two items from this list, there are several substitutions and variations available for each ingredient that can still produce delicious results!

The Recipe How-To

Now, let’s dive in and make some beer bread with the bread machine. This recipe is incredibly simple and quick to put together, even for beginners.

Ingredient List:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of fast-rising yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 cups of bread flour
  • 3/4 cup of beer (at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil


  1. Add all ingredients to the bread machine pan according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure the yeast does not come into contact with any liquid before starting the machine.

  2. Select the dough cycle and press start.

  3. The dough will be ready in about an hour and a half. Remove the dough from the pan and shape it into a round or oval loaf, making sure to smooth out any seams or creases on its surface.

  4. Place the loaf on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let it rise again for about 30 minutes.

  5. Preheat your oven at 375°F while you wait for your dough to rise.

  6. Using a sharp knife, lightly score the top of your loaf diagonally and brush it with a little bit of water. This step creates a beautiful effect as well as lets steam escape during baking.

  7. Bake your beer bread for around 30 minutes or until golden brown.

  8. Take your bread out of the oven, let it cool down to room temperature, slice it and serve it warm.

Tips for Perfect Results:

  • Always use beer which is at room temperature; this is important so that doesn’t kill yeast.
  • Do not use cold ingredients, which might slow down or halt fermentation or cause issues when mixing dough.
  • If you don’t have a measuring scale, fluff up your flour before scooping into your measuring cup.
  • Use bread flour if you want that extra chewy texture and also as it can better handle yeast than all-purpose flour.
  • If you’re not interested in using alcohol, remove the alcohol content by boiling off beer beer first then mix/use the remaining volume in equal quantities to replace beer in this recipe.
  • You can substitute beer with carbonated water or ginger ale; similar amount proportions would still be used here.

Making homemade artisanal-style bread has never been easier thanks to this bread machine “Beer Bread”recipe!

Substitutions and Variations

When it comes to beer bread, there are endless possibilities for substitutions and variations that can make this classic recipe even more personalized to your taste. Whether you want to switch up the type of beer you’re using or make this recipe gluten-free, there are plenty of options.

One substitution you can make is to swap out the type of beer used for a different flavor profile. For example, a stout or porter will create a rich and hearty bread, while a wheat beer will add a subtle sweetness. If you prefer a hoppy taste, try using an IPA or pale ale.

If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, simply swap out the bread flour for a gluten-free flour blend, and use 1 1/2 teaspoons of fast-rising yeast instead of the active dry yeast. You can also add xanthan gum to help with the texture.

For those who want to add some extra flavor to their bread, try adding shredded cheddar cheese or chopped herbs like rosemary or thyme. You can also mix in some garlic powder, onion powder, or even some baking powder for a lighter, fluffier loaf.

Another variation worth exploring is adding in some sourdough starter to create a tangy and delicious bread. For those who are dairy-free or vegan, substitute the beer with non-alcoholic beer or vegetable stock.

Finally, if you’re short on time or prefer a different method of making bread, consider using a bread mix instead of creating dough from scratch. These mixes often include all the necessary ingredients in one package and can be easily made in your bread machine.

Overall, when it comes to beer bread, there is no limit to how creative and unique you can make this recipe by playing around with different substitutions and variations.

Serving and Pairing

Once your beer bread is baked and cooled, it’s time to serve and savor the delicious aroma and taste of this classic dish. The flavor profile of this bread is savory with a subtle sweetness that complements a wide range of toppings or side dishes.

As an appetizer, slice the bread into thick pieces and top with butter, garlic, fresh herbs, or cheese for an indulgent and savory snack. For something a bit more filling, try serving the bread alongside hearty stews, rich soups, or roasted meats.

The best pairings for beer bread are complementary beverages; as the name suggests, beer is a great choice. The nutty notes in the bread match perfectly with hoppy IPAs or light and refreshing lagers. If you prefer wine instead of this brew, select a dry white wine such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc to refresh your palate.

For an extra twist of flavor and fun, try experimenting with different types of beer while baking this recipe. For example, using stout or wheat beer can add unique flavors to the finished loaf of bread.

Overall, beer bread is a versatile dish that can be dressed up or down, making it perfect for any mealtime occasion or snacking session. Experiment with your favorite ingredients and toppings to find your perfect pairing combination!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Once you have baked this scrumptious beer bread using your trusty bread machine, you might want to store it away for later consumption or serve it reheated at a later time. Luckily, both tasks are fairly easy to accomplish without compromising the quality and taste of your loaf.

If baking the loaf ahead of time, consider wrapping it in aluminum foil once it has completely cooled down. This will keep the bread sealed and protected from any external elements that could affect its texture and flavor. The bread can be stored at room temperature for up to three days, but beyond that timeframe, we suggest refrigerating or freezing it.

When storing in the refrigerator, wrap the bread in plastic wrap or slip it into a large zip-lock bag to help preserve its freshness for up to ten days. Proper storage in the freezer could allow your beer bread to last up to two months without losing its optimal flavor or texture. Simply wrap it first in plastic wrap tightly before placing inside an airtight freezer-safe container.

Reheating the bread couldn’t be easier either. If refrigerated, allow the bread to come back up to room temperature before popping it back in the oven at 350°F for ten minutes or until heated through. To reheat from frozen state, pop in a preheated 350°F oven wrapped in foil for 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a microwave by wrapping individual slices of thawed bread in damp paper towels and microwaving on high for ten seconds bursts until fully heated through.

Whether serving as is or working it into another recipe such as our beloved beer cheese dip or toasted with fresh butter alongside dinner, this versatile beer bread recipe can be customized to meet all your needs, personal preferences and schedules.

Tips for Perfect Results

Baking bread can be a tricky art, but with these tips, you will achieve perfect results every time.

Firstly, when preparing the dough in the bread machine, make sure to layer the ingredients correctly. Start with the liquid ingredients such as beer and olive oil, followed by the dry ingredients such as flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. This ensures that the yeast is not activated before it’s supposed to.

Secondly, use high-quality ingredients for this beer bread recipe. The better your ingredients are, the better your finished product will taste. Use fresh beer and bread flour for best results.

Next, measure your ingredients accurately. Use measuring cups and spoons to ensure that you have just the right amount of each ingredient. Too much or too little can affect the texture and flavor of your bread.

Another tip is to make sure that your yeast is fresh and active. Using old or inactive yeast is a common reason why bread doesn’t rise properly. Always check the expiration date on the package before using it.

When adding the ingredients to the bread machine pan, make a well in the center of the flour and add your yeast there. This ensures that your yeast is not clumped up with other dry ingredients and can function properly.

During the rising process, it’s important to keep your dough at room temperature. If you live in a colder climate, it might be necessary to provide additional warmth to help activate the yeast. Covering it with a damp towel or placing it near a warm oven will help keep it warm.

Lastly, avoid opening the lid of your bread machine during baking or fiddling with it too much. Doing so can affect how well your bread rises or cooks evenly.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to making delicious and flavorful beer bread effortlessly in no time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this beer bread recipe is a wonderful addition to your bread-making repertoire. With its easy-to-find ingredients and simple process, it’s perfect for both novice and experienced bakers alike. This bread machine recipe produces a perfect loaf of beer bread every time, with a light texture that is delicious on its own or served alongside soups and stews.

Whether you’re looking for a quick and delicious way to make homemade bread or trying your hand at baking for the first time, this beer bread recipe is sure to meet your needs. So go ahead and mix up a batch of this delicious bread and let the aroma of fresh-baked beer bread fill your home!

Beer Bread (Bread Machine)

Beer Bread (Bread Machine) Recipe

Beth Hensperger
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Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Bread Machine, Breads, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Small Appliance, Yeast
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Calories: 270.3kcal


1 1/2 pound loaf

  • 1 1/8 cups beer (9 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons fast rising yeast (or 2 1/4 t. bread machine yeast)


  • Pour beer into a bowl and let stand at room temperature for a few hours to go flat.
  • Place all ingredients in the pan according to the order in the manufacturer's directions.
  • Set crust on dark and program for the Basic cycle; press Start.
  • When the baking cycle ends, immediately remove the bread from the pan and place it on a rack.
  • Let cool to room temperature before slicing.

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Serving: 99g | Calories: 270.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.5g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Sodium: 221mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 6.4g

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