Photograph by Julia
Photograph by Julia

You may or may not remember that I’d recently made a beer run to find some craft beers to taste and review.  In the process, I’d picked up two IPAs.  I reviewed one, the Harpoon Indian Pale Ale, and the other has been in the fridge patiently waiting for its moment.

So when I came across a recipe for beer bread, something I’d never even heard of, there was no question that it would be my project for the day. Initially, I was just going to go based on the basic recipe I’d found on Reddit, but it seemed a little bland.  So, I added a few spices, some shredded cheddar cheese, chilli flakes and now we’re in business.  I love that I can still detect the bite from the IPA in the bread and it works nicely with the pepper flakes and brown sugar.  An hour in the oven at 375 degrees and I’ve just sunk my teeth into some super tasty bread; crunchy outside, moist inside.  Hope you guys enjoy.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 12 ounces cold beer (I used Florida Beer’s Swamp Ape IPA)
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • Additional butter or oil to grease the loaf pan


Preheat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Combine all dry ingredients.  Slowly pour in beer.  Gently fold together.  Some lumps are okay; they’ll cook out.  Scrape batter into a greased loaf pan and gently shake to make it level.  Pour butter over the top.  Bake for 1 hour.