This recipe is a must know for any college student because it uses only a few ingredients, sounds impressive and uses up leftover beer. You sound like a proper functioning adult who has their life together when you say, “Oh, let me just bake some bread.” Plus, it smells amazing, requires no yeast, and once baked, it is non-alcoholic. 

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Beer Bread

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:30 mins
  • Total Time:35 mins
  • Servings:16
  • Easy


  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 can beer 12oz
  • butter optional for after baking
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  • Step 1

    Gather all ingredients.

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  • Step 2

    Mix together the dry ingredients.

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  • Step 3

    Add the wet ingredients (the beer) to the dry ingredients.

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  • Step 4

    Mix everything together, Mix just enough to combine the ingredients but not too much to disrupt the rising process.

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#SpoonTip: A few minutes before the bread is done baking, pull it out of the oven, brush butter on top, and then continue baking. This gives the bread a lovely golden brown top.     

Any kind of beer will work for this recipe. However, different kinds of beer will make the color of the bread darker or lighter and give it a more distinct beer flavor. 

I used a local kolsch style ale from Coast Brewing Company. I know very little about beer, but according to my resident beer expert, it is a lighter beer that is not too hoppy. Translated into normal people speak, it made the bread a pale-yellow color and there was less of a strong beer taste.

The behind the scenes magic of the recipe is a complicated marriage of chemistry, magic, and deliciousness, but basically, the sugar and the yeast that is naturally occurring in the beer react together in a chemical reaction that makes the bread rise. 

The next time you need to impress someone, have left over beer, or just want to feel like an adult with their life together, make some beer bread.