Simple Guinness Beer Bread

8 servings
55 min

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Loaf of Guinness Beer bread.

This easy Irish inspired beer bread recipe is made with Guinness ale and is one of the simplest beer bread recipes you will find. Made with self-rising flour, this no yeast beer bread contains only a few common ingredients and can ready, from start to finish, in under an hour.

Loaf of Beer Bread with self-rising flour.

Making the Easy Guinness Beer Bread

Ingredients for the best easy beer bread with Guinness.

To make this Irish inspired beer bread you will need 1 bottle of Guinness, self-rising flour, sugar, and butter. This is a no yeast bread recipe, so everything you need to get a good rise from the bread is in the self-rising flour. The four-ingredient bread can be made and ready to eat in under an hour.

How to make the beer bread batter/dough

To make the Guinness beer bread with self-rising flour you will want to sift the flour. If you skip this step, the bread tends to be overly dense and chewy, so sifting is an important step in making the best beer bread ever. Sift the flour into a large measuring cup until you have 3 cups of sifted flour.

For best results, sift the flour

Gently mix in the sugar with the flour, then add the room temperature Guinness beer. Mix the batter until just combined. The batter should be thick and fairly dry. Ideally the dough should hold its shape but be easy to spread into the pan.

Adding Guinness to flour for beer bread.

If the dough seems too dry you can add a little bit of water or milk to loosen it up, but this is a dry batter so don't overdo it. Also, don't worry too much about getting all of the small clumps out of the beer bread dough. Oil the inside of a 9x5 loaf pan and add the dough. Spread the beer bread dough to the edges of the pan, making sure it reaches the corners of the pan.

Beer bread batter poured into an oiled bread pan.

Baking the bread

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Once your oven has preheated, pour the melted butter over the top of the Guinness Beer Bread.

Melted butter poured over the top of beer bread dough.

What is the best temperature to bake beer bread?

Through a fair amount of trial and error, we have found that baking beer bread at 375 degrees (190 Celsius) has given us the best results. We feel that this is the best temperature for baking beer bread, as it allows the bread to cook evenly without the top of the bread getting too dark.

Cook the Irish inspired beer bread on the center rack of the oven, uncovered, for about 25 minutes. Rotate the beer pan 180 degrees and cook for an additional 25 minutes. The beer bread is finished when the top is golden, and you can run a toothpick into the center of the bread, and it comes out clean.

Loaf of Guinness Beer Bread

Once the buttery beer bread is done cooking, remove the bread to a wire rack and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before slicing.

Warm simple beer bread resting on a wire rack.

What to serve beer bread with

Simple beer bread sliced in half.

This moist and flavorful beer bread goes perfectly with just about any meal and makes great sandwiches. Some of our favorite pairings are with our Over the Top Smoked Mississippi Pot Roast, Texas Red Chili with Smoked Chuck Roast, and Karni Stoba: Caribbean Beef Stew. Of course, we love it with just some spreadable butter or honey.

Guinness beer bread made with self-rising flour.
Loaf of Guinness beer bread on a bread board.

While you are here, be sure to take a look at some of our other favorite recipes using Guinness or beer:

  • Irish Steak and Guinness Pie
  • Guinness Beer Battered Cod
  • German Beer Pretzels
  • Smoked German Beer Cheese Sauce
  • Beer Braised Beef Cheek Barbacoa
  • Homemade Corned Beef: From Packer to the Table
Easy beer bread made with Guinness and self-rising flour.
The best Guinness beer bread on a towel.

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Simple Guinness Beer Bread
Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 50 Minutes Total time: 55 min
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  • 3 Cups Sifted Self-Rising Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Butter melted
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 12 Ounce Guinness Beer Room temperature

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Sift 3 cups of flour and add to a bowl, mix in the sugar, and then the room temperature beer. Stir to combine well.
Pour the dough into a well-oiled 9x5 bread pan. Spread the beer dough to the edges of the pan.
Pour the melted butter over the top of the beer bread.
Bake the Guinness beer bread for 25 minutes, uncovered. Rotate and bake an additional 25 minutes. Check doneness with a toothpick, the toothpick should come out clean when the bread is done cooking.
Remove the beer bread to a wire rack and allow to cool for about 5-10 minutes before slicing and enjoying.
  • Note: The beer bread dough should be fairly dry. It should hold its shape but be spreadable with a heavy spatula or spoon. The consistency of the dough can be adjusted with small amounts of flour or water/milk.
Chris Gipson | Carne Diem
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