Best Sourdough Beer Bread From Scratch

When a sourdough beer bread is made from scratch you know it’s going to be delicious. My recipe uses simplified steps and wholesome ingredients to ensure it’s easy to whip up. Each bite is full of tangy sourdough, a light beer taste, and of course delicious bread. Dip a slice in a bowl of soup or eat it with a spread of butter. You’ll be sure to love it either way!

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In our house, we love having a few warm slices of beer bread with a bowl of creamy vegetable chowder, tomato gnocchi soup, or even stuffed pepper soup. It’s such an easy side to whip up and goes great with savory bowls of stew.

Sourdough Beer Bread Recipe Inspiration

While the weather’s still a bit chilly, we’ve been enjoying lots of soup for supper lately. Each night I mix up the sides between homemade garlic bread, breadsticks, or garlic knots until I got inspired to whip up a beer bread.

A few days later I asked my husband to help me pick out a beer at the store for this recipe and got started in the kitchen. Now we have this bread with soups and many other suppers. It’s always such a delicious side!

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Reasons You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easiest beer bread recipe you’ll make
  • The bread has the perfect texture with a soft crust
  • Freezes and stores really well
  • Goes great with soups

Choosing a Beer for Beer Bread

You’ll want to choose a light beer for beer bread instead of dark beers or IPAs. The light beer creates the perfect flavor without being overpowering or bitter. I use my husband’s choice beer, a Labatt Canadian Pilsener and it always turns out so yummy every time.

My Tips for the Best Beer Bread

  • avoid overmixing the batter
  • brush the top of the loaf with butter right after baking to keep a soft crust
  • let the bread loaf cool for 10 minutes, no more or less, in the pan on a wire rack

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • fed sourdough starter or discard
  • all-purpose flour
  • sea salt 
  • beer
  • raw honey 
  • melted butter 
  • baking powder

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How to Make Sourdough Beer Bread

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In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except 1 Tbsp of butter, together just until combined. Avoid over mixing.

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Pour batter into a greased 9×4 loaf pan.

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Use a spoon or spatula to spread the batter evenly in the pan.

Bake on 375 for 45-50 minutes, use a toothpick to ensure it’s done (when the toothpick comes out clean, it’s done).

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Brush the top of loaf with 1 Tbsp of melted butter, immediately after baking.

Let loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack.

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Once 10 minutes are up, remove bread from the pan and enjoy! 

Long Fermentation Option

If you’d like the ingredients in this recipe to ferment, place the batter in the fridge for 12 – 24 hours before pouring it into the loaf pan for baking. This is completely optional.

Storage Instructions

Store beer bread in an air-tight container for up to 2 days at room temperature or 5 days in the fridge.

Freezing Instructions

Freeze bread in an airtight freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, thaw the loaf overnight in the fridge.

Best Ways to Serve Beer Bread

  • Serve slices warm with a spread of butter
  • Dip slices into soups like veggie chowder or tomato gnocchi soup
  • Serve slices with supper as a delicious side

Sourdough Beer Bread FAQ

Can you add beer to sourdough bread?

Of course! You can add beer to sourdough bread dough.

Doesn’t sourdough starter make beer?

I’ve never done it but I’ve heard people say they’ve made beer out of their starter.

What kind of beer is best for beer bread?

Any light beer is best for beer bread. These include lagers, ales, and pilsners. Dark beers and IPAs cause a strong beer flavor and can make the bread bitter.

Is it best to use fed sourdough starter or discard for this recipe?

You can use either fed or discard. It doesn’t matter which one.

Can I add beer to sourdough starter?

I don’t recommend adding beer to your actual sourdough starter, that should only ever be fed flour and water.

Does alcohol bake off in beer bread?

Mostly yes but not all alcohol bakes off while the bread cooks. There are studies showing recipes with beer or alcohol still have a small percentage present after baking. This always depends on the length of time and heat it’s cooked. This bread has a smaller percentage than one that cooks only 25 minutes.

Why is my beer bread so dense?

Overmixing can cause beer bread to be dense, next time stir it a little less and it’ll be lighter. It happens to the best of us 😊

How do I add beer to sourdough?

For this recipe, you’ll add it in place of water or other liquid.

Should beer be warm when adding to sourdough?

No, it doesn’t have to be warm before using it for this recipe.

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Best Sourdough Beer Bread From Scratch

Molly of Plum Branch Home
When a sourdough beer bread is made from scratch you just know it's going to be delicious. My recipe uses simplified steps and wholesome ingredients to ensure it's easy to whip up. Each bite is full of tangy sourdough, a light beer taste, and of course delicious bread. Dip a slice in a bowl of soup or eat it with a spread of butter. You'll be sure to love it either way!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup fed sourdough starter or discard
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup beer
  • 4 tsp raw honey
  • 5 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except 1 Tbsp of butter, together just until combined. Avoid over mixing.
  • Pour batter into a greased 9×4 loaf pan. Use a spoon or spatula to spread the batter evenly in the pan.
  • Bake on 375 for 45-50 minutes, use a toothpick to ensure it’s done (when the toothpick comes out clean, it’s done).
  • Brush the top of loaf with 1 Tbsp of melted butter, immediately after baking.
  • Let loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
  • Once 10 minutes are up, remove bread from the pan and enjoy!
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  1. Midwest farm wife says:

    5 stars
    I made the beer bread tonight and can’t stop eating it! I put butter and pineapple Serrano jelly on it. I think it will go over good as an appetizer at Easter.😊

    1. I’m so happy you love this recipe! The pineapple serrano jelly sounds like a delicious addition! What a great idea for an Easter appetizer😊