When life gives you bitter beer, make hearty bread!

Recently, I fell victim to Trader Joe’s prominent displays celebrating the joys of beer in fall. By the time I came upon the signs, I had already placed several gourds in my cart and a sense of the season had settled over my shopping. I didn’t stand a chance. I looked through several of the lighter ales and decided that, no, this was fall! Fall equals hearty and hearty equals a dark brew. I chose something thick and almost opaque and made my purchase. I drank it with dinner and it was bitter.  Terribly, terribly bitter.  I chugged it, hoping that it would get better with each gulp.  It didn’t.  It just became progressively more bitter.  I realized there was only one thing that I could do with it: Make beer bread.  So, I went to the recipe I always use from food.com (formerly called the cooler name recipezaar.com).

I’m going to share the recipe with you here.  In the future, if you should ever find yourself in a similar pickle, you can also turn your “OMG, ack, why” into an “OMG, mmm, good.”  While my general rule of thumb is not to cook with alcohol that I would not drink, I make an exception for beer bread.  However, the exception is in taste only and not in quality.  If you have to make this with super cheap beer, I understand.  But don’t expect the best results.  Don’t say that I didn’t warn you!  Weak beer will equal tasteless bread.  It has been foretold.

Beer Bread


  • 3 cups of regular flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter

Allergens: Wheat, dairy


  1. Do your prep work.  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.  Grease a bread pan and put it to aside.  Melt the butter and put it aside.
  2. Sift the flour into a large bowl.  This may seem like a step you want to skip, but I’m here to let you know, you don’t.  This bread will already be dense and have a crusty exterior when done properly.  So, if you don’t sift, you’ll bake a brick.  For a quick lesson in sifting, click here.
  3. Put the rest of the dry ingredients (baking powder, salt, sugar) and mix well.  Don’t add the butter yet!!!                         dry
  4. Add beer and mix well with a spatula or wooden spoon.  Yes, it’s supposed to bubble and foam like that.
  5. Place the dough (it should not be a liquid, but a dough) into the prepared bread pan and pour the melted butter (NOW, aren’t you glad you waited?) on top.  Place the pan on a tray (Fact: the butter is going to spill over) and the tray into the oven.                                                                                                                                                                      pre-bake
  6. Bake for 1 hour.  After that time has passed, stick a knife in the middle of the bread.  If it comes out clean, it’s cooked!  Take it out of the oven!  If not, keep giving the bread 5 more minutes until the knife comes out clean.  Let it cool for at least 20 minutes and then nom away!                                                                                                                                                                       done

What’s your favorite in-case-of-a-bad-purchase recipe?

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One response to “When life gives you bitter beer, make hearty bread!

  1. mimosa

    That sounds good and is a good idea! -mimosa

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