Easy Guinness Bread

Overhead shot of guinness bread next to bottle of beer and pats of butter.

Guinness Bread is easy to make and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day (or when you have leftover Guinness). The Irish stout helps the bread rise without yeast so there’s no waiting before baking. It also lends a nutty flavor to this lightly sweet bread.

Guinness Beer Bread - Easy to make with no rising time. | platingsandpairings.com

In my entire life, I can honestly say that I went out on the town on St. Patrick’s day once. Which means green beer, bagpipers in kilts, and for some reason – tricycle races. Plus, let’s not forget the really mediocre corned beef and cabbage.

My idea of celebrating is staying at home, drinking non-green, yet tasty Irish beer, and cooking up all of my favorite Irish dishes.

First thing’s first. It’s not St. Patrick’s Day without corned beef and cabbage. And I have the most amazing recipe that was given to me by my friend Jim – It cooks in the slow cooker all day, and then it’s topped with a mustard honey glaze, and popped under the broiler so that it gets those perfectly crispy edges – I won’t cook it any other way! Except maybe in the Instant Pot, and you can grab that recipe here.

This year, to branch out a bit, I’m throwing some new Irish-inspired dishes into the mix. First new creation? These Irish Stout Mason Jar Beef Pot Pies. The most tender chunks of beef simmered in a gravy of Irish stout, and then topped with flaky puff pastry. The corned beef may have a run for its money with these guys.

To carry that Irish stout idea even further, I decided to whip up some Guinness Bread. This bread is so good! And it’s so easy to make too. There’s no yeast involved, which means no time waiting for your bread to rise. The beer helps the bread rise while it bakes, making it extra light and fluffy. And, the brown sugar adds a hint of sweetness while the oats lend a perfect heartiness.

Side view of sliced guinness bread spread with butter.

This Guinness Bread is a slicing bread, and it would be perfect for making an awesome sandwich – Think toasted bread, corned beef, melted with a bit of sharp Irish cheddar and finished with an amazing mustard. Sandwich heaven.

Do you have any favorite Irish traditions or Irish dishes that you love to make? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

If you loved this Guinness Bread I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished loaf and share it with me on Instagramusing the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

Guinness Bread Recipe

Overhead shot of guinness bread next to bottle of beer and pats of butter.

Guinness Bread

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: beer bread, bread, guinness bread
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 184 kcal
Author: Platings & Pairings - Adapted from The Black Peppercorn
This Guinness Beer Bread is easy to make and perfect for St. Patrick's Day. The Irish stout helps the bread to rise without using yeast, and there's no waiting before baking time. It also lends a nutty flavor to this lightly sweet bread.
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup oats + 1 Tablespoon for topping
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces Guinness
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, 1/2 cup oats, brown sugar and salt. 

  3. Slowly add the Guinness and mix until just combined.
  4. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray, and pour the batter in. Sprinkle the top with an additional tablespoon of oats.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

This recipe was originally published in February 2016. It was updated in March 2019 to update the content and photographs. The recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts
Guinness Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184
% Daily Value*
Sodium 102mg 4%
Potassium 196mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 3g 6%
Calcium 7.4%
Iron 9.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sliced guinness bread spread with butter.

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26 comments

  1. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    Ooh I can’t wait to make this! I’m not a fan of drinking Guinness on its own but I have cooked & baked with it quite a bit and love the flavor it adds to food. This looks like an amazing menu addition for St. Patrick’s Day!

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  2. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    WOW this sounds PHENOMENAL! Does it end up tasting like beer?

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    1. Erin

      Hi Catherine – The bread does have a faint hint of “beer”, but more, it’s like a sweeter oat bread.

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  3. Monica Louie

    Um, I can’t wait to share this recipe with my husband! Guinness is one of his favorite beers! I know he’ll love it!!

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    1. Erin

      You will make him a happy man Monica!

      Reply

  4. Renée ♥ The Good Hearted Woman

    I’m with Marlynn – I’m not a fan of Guinness in a glass, but I find it great for cooking. I made everything from pasties to bread pudding with it, and I will have to give this one a go, for sure!

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    1. Erin

      Ooohhh, that bread pudding sounds amazing Renée! I’ll bet the Guinness really gives it a great flavor!

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  5. Julie @ Cooks with Cocktails

    That bread looks so soft and hearty at the same time. I love bread like that. And that sandwich you describe sounds amazing! Ill have one too….

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Julie! I think it would be amazing for a simple grilled cheese!

      Reply

  6. Lena

    Baking your version of GUINESS bread right now! Can’t wait to take it out of the oven!

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  7. Lena

    Done! The loaf turned out very well… although a bit too sweet to my taste. What will happen if I reduce the amount of sugar?

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    1. Erin

      Hi Lena – You could definitely reduce the amount of sugar if you prefer. I say go for it! I’d love to hear back on how the adjustment turned out for you.

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  8. Stacey G.

    I’ve made this bread five times using different beers including cherry and chocolate stouts, a black porter and an IPA. Each time it’s turned out perfectly with its own unique flavor, reliable texture and great reception. Even though the bread never lasts long (we eat it WAY to fast), it takes on stronger, even more delicious flavor after it’s been stored for a day or two. Warm out of the oven first thing in the morning, my husband enjoys a big end hunk with a tablespoon (or three) of melted butter poured over the top. Finally, it’s okay to have beer for breakfast!

    Due to the quirkiness of my oven, mine bakes for 52 minutes. A consistent winner, this has become my “go to” beer bread recipe. For anyone who hasn’t yet tried it, take the 10 minutes and do it now.

    Thanks so much for this gem!

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    1. Erin

      I’m so glad you loved this bread Stacey – I love how you changed it up by using types of beer too!

      Reply

  9. Ashley


    I am NOT a baker and this turned out so well. I used a vanilla bean stout and it was excellent. Thank you!

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    1. Erin

      That sounds amazing with the extra bit of vanilla Ashley! Going to try that!

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  10. Kelly


    So good!! I’m baking some for my son’s school presentation on Ireland at his request. He thought serving beer bread would be so cool. He’s kind of hoping his classmates don’t know the alcohol bakes out. Shhhh….

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    1. Erin

      Ha ha! I hope they like it Kelly!

      Reply

  11. Heather Harper


    Tried this tonight as it fulfills two items I try to consume to increase my breast milk supply – stout and oats! Unfortunately the bitterness of the stout really hits you at the end. We will try honey & butter. Surely that can save anything!

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  12. Ruben Sano


    Can you tell me how to convert the recipe for a bread machine? Thank you

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  13. John

    Does it matter which Guinness stout is used in the recipe? Guinness Extra vs. Guinness Draft?

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  14. angela


    hey! great recipe! There is a typo in the instructions that I thought I should alert you to.
    In step 3 it says “In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, oats, brown sugar and oats.”
    I’m assuming one of those “oats” should be salt

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    1. Erin

      Thank you so much for the heads up Angela – I modified the recipe.

      Reply

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