The Best Beer Bread Recipe

I’ve seen countless beer bread recipes over the years. It’s quite simple actually. The confusing thing I find is all of the recipes just say “good beer” as an ingredient. So what does that mean? I don’t think they know either. There are over 70+ recognized styles of beer out there, which one should I use? Through trial and beerror we feel we nailed it for you.  Whichever beer you choose for your beer bread you’re going to get different results.

Ingredients for Beer Bread

  • 12 fl ounces New Glarus Spotted Cow (1 beer) or Other Cream Ales
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (divided)
  • 3 teaspoon salt (divided)
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Beer Bread Recipe Directions

  1. In a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup warm beer in microwave on high for 45 seconds. 85 – 90 dF would be an appropriate temperature.
  2. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of sugar (carefully, it will foam) and 1 teaspoon of salt into beer and then add yeast. Stir. Yeast should start “looking happy” after a minute or so.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer add flour, remaining sugar, remaining salt, butter and oil. Combine on low speed with the dough hook attachment. Add beer-yeast slurry. Turn speed up to medium and mix until all ingredients are combined and the dough is on the hook… as they say, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Remove dough from bowl and add a little oil in the bowl and coat the sides and bottom completely. Return the dough back into the bowl and cover with a damp towel. Let rest in a warm place for 1 hour. Dough should double in bulk. (If you don’t mind washing an extra bowl feel free to transfer dough to a completely new bowl.)
  5. Remove dough from bowl and knead dough on well floured surface.
  6. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray or similar. Place kneaded dough into loaf pan. Let proof again for 30 minutes in a warm place, this time uncovered. Score top of bread down the middle with a serrated knife.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 dF. Bake for 30 minutes.

Beer Bread Recipe

Final Thoughts About Our Beer Bread Recipe

New Glarus - Spotted CowI have tested so many variations of this bread recipe with different beers and ingredients and this surely is the best bread made with beer recipe you will ever try.  We understand that not everyone can get their hands on Spotted Cow by New Glarus.  If you give this beer bread a try, be sure to let us know which beer you used with your bread recipe. How did it turn out?

Other Beer Alternatives: Bells Best Brown, Great Divide Hoss

Leave a comment down below and tell us about it!

On a similar note, feel free to check out our Beer Pizza Dough Recipe also you can check out Wikipedia’s Beer Bread


  • Char

    sounds great I will have to get some spotted beer and try this recipe.

  • Dawn Stammis

    So we made this with Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout and it was fabulous. Obviously, it was darker than yours, but it tasted great with chili. We’d also recommend toasting it and piling on Nutella.

    • BeerChow

      Dawn- I thought about Nutella also. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • mark moes

    will be trying the spotted cow beer bread, that beer is remarkable need to find someone road tripping to WI and bring me back a case

  • Norma

    How many minutes do you knead the dough?

    • David Schoon

      Norma- Should take you anywhere from 2 – 10 minutes. Put your finger in the dough periodically, if the dough keep the shape of your finger in the dough then you know you’re fully kneaded! Let me know how it turns out!

    • shalone

      This is for the bread making beginners out there. Do NOT knead the dough for this recipe or any other bread recipe. All you need to do is turn it over between 1-4 times, just until it is mixed together. This is because you will likely use too much pressure and over knead it. I think the number one thing that experienced bakers have trouble conveying about bread making is how much pressure you should use when kneading. You have to be super gentile and use almost none. The other tip I can give to anyone who is having bread woes is to warm up the room a bit and use room temp. ingredients when it’s possible/practical. And last of all don’t over bake or under bake it. You can poke it with a fork or tooth pick just like a cake. Also yes you can use honey instead of sugar in bread recipes but you won’t need as much.

  • Michael Ferrante

    Any thoughts on a whole wheat variant, or using honey in place of sugar?

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  • Claudia

    Hey there, can u add rosemary or other herbs to make a sort of beer Baguette

  • gallupberg

    I was looking for a “beer bread” to make with Wexford Irish Style Creme Ale, as we have some left from a wedding and people just don’t seem to be interested in drinking it. But it made a nice bread with your recipe. I substituted Trader Joe’s white whole wheat bread and reduced the salt by a teaspoon. It turned out really good. A nice flavor

    • David Schoon

      @gallupberg – Thank you so much. I’m glad it turned out for you!