Easy No Yeast Beer Bread

Easy No Yeast Beer Bread Recipe - No yeast packet needed - Family Fresh MealsIn uncertain times like these, what we really all need is a bit of comfort. And for me, there’s nothing so comforting as fresh-baked bread.

Unfortunately, the process of making bread from scratch isn’t so comforting. In fact, it can be kind of stressful. There are so many steps: mixing, kneading, rising, punching down, and yet another round of rising before baking. And yeast is a fiddly ingredient that doesn’t always work the way you want it to. You have to coax it along, giving it just the right amount of moisture and heat, to get it to do its job.

What we could all really use right now is a nice, simple bread recipe without the yeast. And here it is: Easy No Yeast Beer Bread.Sliced bread with a tab of butter

The key to this is, beer already has yeast in it. So when you mix beer with flour, sugar, and other ingredients of your choosing, that yeast goes right to work on the sugar and helps the bread rise. You get the yeasty taste and light texture of a traditional kneaded bread without all the work and time required to make one.

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The result: a light, tender loaf that comes with a generous dose of home-baked comfort.

Does it matter what kind of beer I use?

Both canned and bottled beers work in this recipe, but the type of beer you choose affects the flavor. For instance, darker beers having a stronger, heartier taste. Also, if the beer has any added flavors, like a spiced brew or chocolate stout, those will come through in the bread. For a neutral-tasting bread, use the most boring, bland beer you can find.

Why do I need to add baking powder if there’s already yeast in the beer?

Beer has yeast, but it doesn’t always have enough to make the bread rise on its own. Craft brews sometimes leave the live yeast in (it forms a sort of sediment in the bottle), but mass-produced beers usually filter it out. If you relied on just the beer for rising, it might come out too dense. The baking powder is a fail-safe to make sure it’s nice and light. But if you use self-rising flour, you can leave out the baking powder, along with the salt.

What’s the texture of the bread like?

It should come out moist and tender on the inside, with a hearty, chewy, butter-laden crust. If you prefer it with a softer crust, you can mix the melted butter into the batter instead of pouring it on top.

How to Make No Yeast Beer Bread

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • sugar
  • beer
  • melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix until well combined.Mixing dry ingredients in class mixing bowl
  3. Mix in beer. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.Mixing beer into dry ingredients to make dough
  4. Pour melted butter over batter.Easy No Yeast Beer Bread - batter in bread loaf pan, and topped with melted butter
  5. Bake for 50 – 60 minutesEasy No Yeast Beer Bread - freshly baked bread in pan

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4.82 from 22 votes

No Yeast Beer Bread

What we could all really use right now is a nice, simple bread recipe without the yeast. And here it is: Easy No Yeast Beer Bread.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes


  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 12 oz of beer
  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix until well combined.
  • Mix in beer. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.
  • Pour melted butter over batter.
  • Bake for 50 - 60 minutes



Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 2pots2cook says:

    5 stars
    Perfect one ! While making our pantry stocks, it turned to mission impossible to get dry yeast so this is great version to make home made delicious one !

    1. 5 stars
      Hahah Mission impossible. Funny, but SOOO true!

  2. Do you think you could bake this in a Dutch oven.

    1. Hi Jill! I have only made it in the oven using a bread pan, but I think that should work.

    2. Just curious if you tried it in the Dutch Oven? I just bought one and want to try it in there too.

  3. Love this recipe. I added 1cup of fresh cranberries and 1/2 cup of brown sugar and it turned out delicious. Thank you

    1. Oh, that does sound yummy!

    2. Rose DeFrancis says:

      Jan did you replace the white sugar with the brown sugar or did you use both?

  4. dennis kotzman says:

    I think I used too small of a pan! The butter ran over and almost started my oven on fire! What size pan should I use???

    1. A 9 by 5 bread pan is what you should be using for this recipe Dennis

  5. Priscilla Massey says:

    What kind of flour do you use for the No Yeast Beer Bread recipe — all purpose or self- rising?

    1. I used all purpose flour.