Guinness Beer Bread


I love a great beer bread recipe, especially for St. Patrick’s Day.  This Guinness version comes together super fast and couldn’t be easier to make.  Five minutes of work will reward you with a heavenly aroma throughout your house and a warm, crusty loaf in under an hour.

Guinness Beer Bread Recipe.  Great with chili or for St. Patrick's Day.

Happy St. Paddy’s day!  This recipe I’m sharing with you today is by far the best beer bread I have ever made or eaten.  It has a wonderful flavor (you can definitely taste the Guinness), great texture, is very moist, dense, and as you can see, – a very impressive sized loaf!  It rises beautifully (maybe a little lopsided, but that’s OK) and produces a nice, crunchy outer crust 🙂  All that matters here is the TASTE, which you will love.

You can really use any beer for this recipe, but the darker beer gives you a deeper flavor. You can even make it with non-alcoholic beer if you’d prefer!  Beer bread also has such simple ingredients — the basic recipe merely has flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, & beer— yet I’ve seen packages of it selling for up to eight dollars.  It’s definitely a better deal to make it at home!  This goes perfectly with my Guinness Beef Stew.  Enjoy!
Guinness Beer Bread Recipe.  Great with chili or for St. Patrick's Day.
Guinness Beer Bread Recipe.  Great with chili or for St. Patrick's Day.
Guinness Beer Bread
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces Guinness stout
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  3. Add Guinness and eggs; stir just until blended.
  4. Pour into greased 9x5x3 loaf pan.
  5. Bake at 375F for approximately 50 minutes. Take out of oven and insert a knife and make sure the knife comes out clean – that means your bread is done.
  6. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
Recipe source:  adapted from


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36 Responses to “Guinness Beer Bread”

  1. March 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM #

    This looks like one hearty bread and it rose so beautifully.

    • March 17, 2014 at 1:12 PM #

      Thanks- I was so happy with how tall it got!

  2. March 17, 2014 at 7:07 AM #

    Your bread looks amazing!! I love how much it rose!

    • March 17, 2014 at 1:12 PM #

      That’s what I loved about it!! Thanks!

  3. March 17, 2014 at 8:28 AM #

    Yum, I love beer bread! I’ve actually never tried it with a darker beer though – I need to fix that!

    • March 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM #

      It was so good with the dark beer!

  4. March 17, 2014 at 8:58 AM #

    $8 for beer bread!? That’s craziness. This looks awesome and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

    • March 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM #

      Sure have seen it for that much at the store! So much better homemade

  5. March 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM #

    Ashley – the crust on this bread looks incredible!

    • March 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM #

      Oh it was!! Thanks girl!!

  6. March 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM #

    I’ve never made beer bread before but this sounds so delicious. And yay for all the Guinness recipes today! 🙂

    • March 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM #

      You should try making it! So easy!

  7. Ginny
    March 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM #

    This looks so big and fat and good! Thanks!

    • March 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM #

      I love the fatness! Lol

  8. March 17, 2014 at 3:41 PM #

    I need to try this! I don’t think I’ve ever had beer bread. Pinning it for later when I am doing more than pouring cereal and munching on leftovers, haha. 😉

    • March 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM #

      It will be a good one to start with since it’s very easy to make!! Enjoy your time with the baby!

  9. March 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM #

    I love cooking with beer because then I have an excuse to drink some 😉
    This bread looks amazing! I

  10. March 17, 2014 at 6:13 PM #

    Love this!! Perfect for St. Patty’s Day festivities, or anytime of the year. Sounds delicious!

    • March 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM #

      Awww thank you!!!

  11. March 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM #

    Oh yes! We love beer bread! Never tried it with Guinness! I bet we’ll love it though!

    • March 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM #

      It’s great with Guinness!!

  12. March 17, 2014 at 9:23 PM #

    Wow that height is impressive! I just started making beer bread and it’s so much easier than yeast bread. I’m going to have to give my next version a go with Guinness.

    • March 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM #

      It’s great with Guinness – I recommend it!

  13. March 17, 2014 at 10:21 PM #

    This looks PERFECT for St. Patrick’s Day! And, I love Beer Bread – especially with a dark beer like Guinness! Awesome!

    • March 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM #

      It’s even better with dark beer, in my opinion!

  14. March 18, 2014 at 7:34 AM #

    The color on this bread looks phenomenal! It’s been a longggg time since I’ve made a beer bread — time to change that!

    • March 18, 2014 at 2:58 PM #

      I love how dark and “rustic” it looked! LOL

  15. March 18, 2014 at 9:16 AM #

    Fantastic loaf!

  16. March 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM #

    Ahh, this is so what I should have made for St. Patrick’s Day. It looks wonderful! I haven’t had beer bread in way too long.

  17. March 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM #

    Such a crumby and delicious loaf 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  18. March 18, 2014 at 9:21 PM #

    Mmmm there’s nothing better than a good hearty beer bread! Looks amazing!


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