Cheddar Beer Bread

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This cheddar beer bread is moist, chewy, and loaded with cheese. It’s super easy to make and unlike any other kind of bread. 

Overhead view of a loaf of beer bread with three pieces cut off

 

There are few things in life as great as homemade bread. And this cheddar beer bread recipe is one of my favorite breads to bake. The beer’s flavor really shines through, making this bread super unique. Plus, the beer helps the bread stay moist and soft as it bakes. 

But my favorite thing about this bread is how cheesy it is. Cheese and beer are a match made in heaven, Beer Cheese Soup anyone? The melty cheddar cheese adds the perfect richness and saltiness to this bread. You don’t even need to put anything on it, a slice of this beer bread is delicious plain. 

Close up of a slice of beer bread with a loaf in the background

Why You’ll Love This Easy Beer Bread Recipe

I make this bread all the time. Here are some reasons why I know you’ll love it. 

  • So easy. Bread doesn’t have to be complicated, and this recipe is proof of that. This cheesy beer bread takes an hour to make, but almost all of that time is spent in the oven. It only takes 5 minutes of work! You don’t have to deal with kneading, resting, or any of those hassles when you make this bread.
  • Super simple. Even though this recipe is bursting with flavor, it only uses ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge and pantry. There are just 8 ingredients in this recipe, and they’re all common household items. So if you come home from work and find yourself craving some beer bread, you’ll likely have all the ingredients you need to make it. 
  • Easy to store. You can keep leftovers in the freezer for a long time, and toast up a slice anytime you want it. I love recipes that you can freeze and easily reheat because they make it so easy to have a nice homemade meal whenever you’re craving one. 
  • Amazing flavors. Can you imagine a better food combination than beer and cheese? These flavors go together perfectly and make one of the most rich and flavorful breads you’ll ever eat.
Overhead view of the ingredients needed for beer bread: a bowl of flour, a bowl of cheese, a bowl of baking powder, a bowl of sugar, a bowl of salt and garlic powder, a bowl of butter, and a bottle of beer

Ingredients Needed

Here are the ingredients that you’ll need to make this cheesy beer bread. Make sure to check out the recipe card at the bottom of the page to see the exact amounts for each of the ingredients.

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Shredded cheddar cheese – For best results, shred your own cheese.
  • Beer – use a beer you want to drink and has good flavor. Something like a Coor Light or Bud Light isn’t going to really give much flavor to this bread.
  • Butter

How to Make Cheddar Beer Bread

Here’s how to make this quick and easy beer bread. It’s so simple!

  • Prep. Preheat your oven to 350F, and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan. 
  • Mix the dry ingredients. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, garlic powder, salt, and cheese in a bowl, and mix to combine.
A mixing bowl filled with flour, cheese, salt, sugar, baking powder, and garlic powder
  • Add the beer. Pour the beer into the mixing bowl and fold it in.
A bottle of beer being poured into a bowl of flour, cheese, and other ingredients, with a rubber spatula
  • Put it in the pan. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan, and spread melted butter over the top of it.
A loaf pan filled with beer bread batter
  • Bake. Put the loaf pan on a baking sheet, and put it in the oven. Bake until a toothpick or knife inserted into the middle of the bread comes out clean. This should take 45-55 minutes.
  • Cool. Remove the loaf pan from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes, then remove the bread and place it on a wire rack. 

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tricks to consider when you make this cheddar beer bread.

  • Choose the right beer. The beer flavor from this recipe is pretty strong. So the bread will taste very differently depending on what beer you use. I think this recipe is best with beers such as lagers and ales. But if you’re a fan of bitter foods, you can make it with an IPA. Using a heavy beer like a stout, porter, or brown ale makes for a rich and sweet loaf of bread. This can be good for some beer bread but doesn’t go as well with this cheesy recipe.
  • Don’t over-mix. When you add the beer to the recipe, make sure to fold it in carefully. You don’t want to over-mix the ingredients, or else the bread might end up dense. Fold the beer in lightly, and stop as soon as the ingredients are fully mixed together.
  • Cool fully. This easy recipe will make your entire house smell amazing while it bakes. So it’s tempting to start eating it as soon as it’s out of the oven. Resist that temptation and let the bread cool fully before you slice into it. That will allow the beer bread to firm up and not fall apart. 
A piece of beer bread on a plate, covered in butter, with a loaf behind it

Serving Suggestions

Most of the time I eat this easy beer bread as a side dish or an appetizer, with a little butter on it. But I also love to serve it at parties with a delicious dip. Here are a few of my favorites.

How to Store Leftover Beer Bread

Cheddar beer bread will last in the fridge for 5 days, as long as you store it in an airtight bag or wrap it in plastic wrap. However, the beer flavor will begin to fade, so it will taste best if you eat it within 48 hours of baking. You can reheat leftovers in the toaster.

Can You Freeze This Recipe?

You can definitely freeze cheesy beer bread. Let the bread cool fully, then slice it. Double bag the bread in airtight plastic bags, then place it in the freezer for up to 4 months. You can toast beer bread directly from the freezer.

Close up of a slice of beer bread leaning against a loaf

More Easy Bread Recipes to Make

Want to get into making bread? Here are a few of my other favorite recipes to try baking!

Close up of two slices of beer bread leaning against a loaf of bread
4.75 from 4 votes

Cheddar Beer Bread

By Erin
This easy cheddar beer bread recipe only takes 5 minutes of prep time before it's ready for the oven. It's loaded with beer, cheese, and garlic powder, and it's soft and moist.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 10

Ingredients 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 12 oz beer
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, garlic powder, salt, and cheddar cheese.
  • Add the beer to the bowl and fold in until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Spread the melted butter over the top.
  • Place the loaf pan on a baking sheet and bake for 45-55 minutes, until a tester comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan and placing on a wire rack.

Notes

  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight bag (ideally double-bagged) in the fridge for 5 days or in the freezer for 4 months.
  • Reheat in a toaster.
  • The bread will taste best in the first 2 days. After that it will lose some of the beer flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 442mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Bread Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 204
Keyword: beer bread, beer bread (no yeast), beer bread recipe, cheddar beer bread, easy beer bread recipe
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5 Comments

  1. I plan on making this bread, but I have a question. Is there any way to get a nice golden brown crust on the top? The photos make it look like it was cooked in a microwave.