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Beer Bread

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Cheers to a delicious homemade yeast-raised beer bread. Try using stout, lager, porter or ale – each will impart its own unique flavor.
Yield 1 loaf



  • 3 cups bread flour, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 /2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well. In saucepan or microwave-safe dish, heat beer, water and oil to 120-130°F. Add to flour mixture. Blend on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium speed for 4 minutes.
  • Switch to dough hook attachment. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 to 7 minutes.
    (NOTE: For hand mixing: following above steps, mix ingredients in large mixing bowl using a wooden spoon or dough whisk. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic.)
  • Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after poking dough with finger down to second knuckle, about 1 hour.
  • Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Roll or pat into a 14×7-inch rectangle. Starting with shorter side, roll up tightly pressing dough into roll. Pinch edges and ends to seal. Place seam-side down on large greased cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. (Alternatively, place in a greased 9×5-inch bread pan.) With very sharp knife, make 3 or 4 diagonal slashes across top of loaf. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after lightly touching with the index finger.
  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 190°F. Remove from cookie sheet; cool on wire rack.


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Review & Comments

Beth | Reply

5 stars
Made this for a friend as a gift. Was very well received. Enthusiastic request for more! Great recipe.

Diane | Reply

5 stars
I love this recipe! It’s relatively quick and easy to follow, and consistently results in a beautiful, tasty loaf of bread. Thank you for sharing it!

Diane C Wood | Reply

5 stars
Of all the recipes I searched through, finally a basic beer and yeast bread recipe. Thank you thank you!

Julie Blaskie | Reply

5 stars
This has been one of my favorite breads – IF I can get ahold of Mississippi Mud black & tan ale. Mississippi Mud DEFINITELY makes the bread taste like sourdough!!! Since I can’t find it here in OK, I will try another beer but use the new Red Star Platinum Instant Sourdough Yeast instead. For this bread, it really depends on the beer, and the blend of black and pale ale in Mississippi Mud makes the bread perfect.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Julie,
Be sure to use one full packet of Platinum Instant Sourdough (use the large loaf).
Happy baking!

Melanie Gross | Reply

5 stars
I’ve made this recipe every couple of weeks for a couple of years, and I always made the two pound loaf. It wasted less beer.

I’ve been kicking myself for not writing the recipe down since you took it off of your site. I’m also frustrated with my very poor (lazy) memory. I don’t suppose you would share that two pound option again, would you? I’d be very grateful.


Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Melanie – We’re thrilled that you enjoy this bread! The recipes were reorganized with our new website update. You can find the bread machine method recipe here: This includes the 2-lb. recipe.
Happy baking!

Elie | Reply

5 stars
Looked very sticky in the machine, I let it stay that way and it came out amazing. Fluffy like anything. Bookmarked.

One objection. Very impractical to make. If you need it for dinner and it’s ready before then, no way is it lasting that extra minute.

Louise | Reply

5 stars
I love home-made bread. My husband’s favorite is sweet cinnamon raisin and I have a wonderful recipe for that, but I love robust artisan and hearty grain seed breads too. It’s finding the right recipes. That’s the key. And good luck to anyone trying to find a yeast bread recipe using beer as the liquid. This was the only recipe I found online. All the rest were quick breads – cakes, really.

So, I just made the 1 1/2 pound loaf of this Sourdough-like Beer Bread, all by hand… no stand mixer, no machine kneading and no bread machine. I added 1 Tb dough enhancer, 1 tsp onion powder and 1 Tb of Wheatena to add a little texture and a bit more flavor. Don’t be fooled by the name, because it’s not at all sourdough-like… a great disappointment to me, because I love sourdough bread, but that’s not a detriment to this bread.

I hand kneaded for almost 10 minutes, because it wasn’t resisting me. I wanted a good formation of gluten for pull in the texture (I hate cakey yeast breads. If I want a cake-like texture, I’ll make a quick bread.) It took all of the 2 cups extra of flour and it was still very soft and tacky and adhering to my palm heels, so one tablespoon more of flour at a time while kneading…. and I finally got the resistance I wanted. The dough was still just a bit sticky but NOT coming off on my palm heels. So I knew it was perfect for rising.

The beer I chose was Guinness Extra Stout thinking the hearty flavor would permeate the bread, but not much of the flavor came through, however it was so moist and tender and it rose so high in the oven. This is a great yeast bread that stays in my recipe keeper for sure. And I may play a bit more with the recipe next time.

Kay | Reply

5 stars
Awesome looking bread & easy! Oh ya tastes great too!

Holly | Reply

5 stars
I make the dough with whatever beer we have in the growler and then after it has risen, roll it out in a big rectangle, brush with soft butter, sprinkle with a mixture if finely shredded cheeses(whatever you like it have or fits your menu) a bit if garlic, herbs if desired. Roll it up tightly jelly roll style, fold ends under and place in greased Loaf pan. Let rise again and bake. This makes a beautiful Loaf when sliced and my teenage boy thinks it rocks for sandwiches.

JJ | Reply

5 stars
I made the smallest loaf size and followed the recipe exactly as written. It was a perfect small loaf for just the two of us. I recommend this if you want a small amount of bread and don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen.

Lucie | Reply

4 stars
The amount of flour needed is off. I made the medium loaf and added 4.5 c of flour but could have easily added more because after the first rise the dough was super sticky.
Also, the first rise took a long time, should have used more yeast to compensate for the increased flour amount.
Finally, I used a home-brewed very happy IPA and the bread came out tasting nice but with a slightly bigger aftertaste.
A very interesting recipe!

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Thanks for your feedback, Lucie! Flour absorption can vary between brands and types of flour, so it is always important to add in enough flour to make a smooth, elastic and slightly sticky. I’m glad you enjoyed the bread!
Happy baking!

Christie | Reply

5 stars
I tried this recipe but used half rye flour and half unbleached flour, added caraway seeds. It Was wonderful !

Anonymous | Reply

5 stars
This is delicious bread. I use an entire can of beer – 12oz, which is a little more than the recipe calls for, but I put in more flour to make up for it and end up with 2 loaves. I just keep adding flour till the dough is slightly tacky without being sticky. Very nice yeasty bread.

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