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.


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


  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.
Nutrition Facts
Guinness Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184
% Daily Value*
Sodium 102mg4%
Potassium 196mg6%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.