Guinness Beer Bread

Guinness Beer Bread, a delicious simple quick bread can be baked in under an hour. Fill your house with the wonderful aroma of baking bread!

Guinness Beer Bread

Guinness Beer Bread

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” – James Beard

Bravo. Bravo.

I’ve mentioned before that my luck with baking yeast bread has been pretty inconsistent.

Sometimes it comes out great, but most times it’s a flop. My issue boils down to the fact that my dough doesn’t always rise like it should.

So it makes me a little anxious when I spot an awesome bread recipe that I want to try. It usually goes to the bottom of my must try list.

I keep telling myself not to give up, use fresh yeast, and start over again.

Perhaps I’ll have much better luck during the summer months when the weather is warmer.

Guinness Beer Bread

Easy Homemade Quick Bread

Speaking of luck, with Saint Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I started to think about how to get around my bread dilemma.

It has been on my mind to make a loaf using Guinness Beer, the authentic Irish beer from Dublin.

I was searching the internet for some inspiration, and got super excited to find several options that didn’t require you to use yeast in the recipe!

Since the beer is made with yeast and the drink is carbonated, it works together like magic.

That’s what I’m guessing, and I’m not questioning the bread baking angels…quick, uncap a bottle of Guinness!!

Guinness Beer Bread

I’ve had some fun adding beer to recipes like this cheesy chorizo dipchili.

Now I am happy to say that I’ve included a sibling to the beer recipe collection, Guinness Beer Bread!

Guinness Beer Bread

How To Make Guinness Beer Bread

With this recipe, there is no need to proof yeast, handle the dough by kneading or punching it, although that’s fun.

  • Mix
  • Add to loaf pan
  • Bake

All you do is mix the ingredients together, put the dough in a loaf pan, and bake it for about 45 minutes!

In the meantime, your house will smell like a bakery!  My bread making problems have been solved! Hooray!! Well, kind of.

The full-bodied stout marries with the brown sugar in the bread deliciously.

There is a hint of sweetness, but not overly sweet. It has a nice dense texture that is hearty enough to make a sandwich with.

Guinness Beer Bread

What To Serve Guinness Bread With

Eat this bread as it is or with a pat of butter.

In addition, check out these recipes:

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Guinness Beer Bread

Guinness Beer Bread Recipe

Guinness beer bread is slightly sweet with a dense texture. Enjoy with butter or stew or soups.
4.91 from 10 votes
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Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer, Bread, Guinness, quick bread, St. Patrick’s Day
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Sandra @ The Foodie Affair


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup oats and extra 1 tablespoon for topping bread
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 12 ounce Guinness Draft


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a loaf pan with butter and put aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flours, oats, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, and form a well.
  • Slowly pour in the Guinness in to the middle and mix all ingredients together with a wooden spoon. Don’t overwork the mixture, but make sure the flour is all moistened.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the top with 1 tablespoon of oats.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for about 7-10 minutes before removing it from the pan. Place on baking rack and slice when it’s cool enough to handle. Enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 142mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

Adapted from The Black Peppercorn.


Easy Guinness Beer Bread made without any yeast! No waiting for the dough to rise, just mix and bake! The Foodie Affair
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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for recipe like since the recipe I had in the 80s went missing. Divorce has its toll.

  2. I made this tonight for Super Bowl Sunday and we liked it a lot! I was worried that the bread would be very dry, but it wasn’t. So easy to make, too. It’s a definite keeper!

  3. I first had Guinness Bread in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day … wait for it … at the Guinness brewery! It was amazing! It was a bit darker than yours (I think they probably used a whole lot more beer lol) but it was tasty! Your bread looks really tasty; I love the oat topping! 🙂

    1. Oh so jellllY of your Guinness brewery trip!! I love this bread. In fact, I just sent my son back to school with a fresh loaf, and he sent me a photo of his last few slices. Major hint, I suppose 😀

  4. This is my kind of bread just mix and bake. I am the same way about breads that require yeast I am just impatient and teenagers and even worse about the whole rising thing. I love this bread and pinning it now. Yum!

  5. Sandra…this looks amazing! I don’t mind working with yeast. But in the winter, though my house is warm…I always seem to have problems with dough rising and butter coming to room temperature. Maybe DRINKING a bottle of Guinness while baking is the key! I bet this bread tastes incredible….I love that subtle sweetness in bread that you’ve described. And a perfect recipe for St. Patrick’s day no doubt!

  6. What a great looking bread and yes, it’s just in time for St Pat’s Day when there’s plenty of guinness shared around. Looks like it would be good with a big slab of butter xx