Beer Bread

beer bread recipe using Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

You guys, I baked!

It’s been a few months since I posted a recipe. Honestly, I kind of hate the kitchen in our new home so I haven’t had much of a desire to bake while we’re working (but mostly waiting) on doing some renovations. But my need to bake something has still been there all this time, so I finally gave in. And it felt damn good, I tell you.

In the fall, I naturally love all things pumpkin, and every Sunday the Hubbs and I sit down to watch a day’s worth of football while enjoying a beer or two. Lately, I’ve been all about the pumpkin beers and when I came across this recipe for beer bread, I thought, why not try it with my beloved Shipyard Brewing Company’s Pumpkinhead Ale?

And thus, the Shipyard Pumpkinhead Beer Bread was born. Although the pumpkin flavor didn’t translate, the brown sugar and cinnamon flavors in the beer melded subtly and perfectly with the buttery bread. I was left with a delicious and super moist loaf that is perfect for an appetizer, dinner side, or even a treat on its own. Of course, you can use any beer to make this bread – the recipe is not dependent on Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale! But it sure is good!

beer bread recipe with Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

beer bread recipe with Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

beer bread recipe with Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

beer bread recipe with Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

beer bread recipe with Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

beer bread recipe with Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

beer bread recipe with Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

(as modified by me)


~ 3 cups bread flour, sifted
~ 3 teaspoons baking powder
~ 1 teaspoon kosher salt
~ 1/4 cup granulated sugar
~ 1-12 oz. can or bottle of beer (I used Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale, as mentioned above)
~ 1/2 cup melted butter (although 1/4 cup will work fine)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

Add the beer and mix until just combined – do not overmix! The batter should be somewhat lumpy.

Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Press down gently with a spatula or the back of the spoon to even out the dough, but do not press firmly or smooth.

Pour the melted butter over the batter.

Bake for approximately 1 hour (check after 45 minutes – mine was done in 50).  The bread should be slightly golden in color but not darker, otherwise it will dry out.

Let cool for approximately 15 minutes.

You should then have yourself a chewy loaf with a slightly crisp, buttery crust! Enjoy!

beer bread recipe featuring shipyard pumpkinhead ale

  • Amanda

    This looks SO good! I’m addicted to bread! Recipe pinned for later :)

    • Niki

      Thank you! I am a big bread fan, and this was delicious!

  • anna

    I’ve yet to perfect beer bread, but oh my goodness has this inspired me to give it another go. Yum! Fabulous post, love. If you get a free moment, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my latest. :) xo

    • Niki

      I’ve had trouble with beer breads in the past too, they tend to dry out for me. But this one turned out great, I loved it!

  • Janine Huldie

    My husband would love this. So I totally pinned to try for him. Thanks Niki!! :)

    • Niki

      Yay thanks Janine!

  • Alyssa @ Sweet Shangrila

    Oh my gosh, yum!!! I’ve never had beer bread, going to need to make this ASAP!

    • Niki

      I hope you love it!

  • Charnele

    mmmmm that looks so yummy. I’m saving this recipe!


    • Niki

      Thank you!

  • Lauren

    I just tried Shipyard Pumpkin for the first time this weekend! I bet this bread was fantastic!

    • Niki

      It’s so good right?! This bread was pretty delicious, I have to say!

  • Amberly Steele

    thanks for sharing! I am going to use this recipe for our Octoberfest/Halloween party this weekend!

    • Niki

      Let me know how it turns out!

  • Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

    um, amazing, Niki. want want want.

    • Niki

      Thanks lady!

  • Sharon

    I’ve never attempted beer bread before but this sounds so yummy!

    The Tiny Heart

    • Niki

      It turned out really good!

  • Allyssa

    Yum! Look at all that butter on top! Perfection!

    • Niki

      The butter made it insanely good!

  • Alyssa

    Beer and bread?! Way to just combo two of my favorite things into one. Yum!

    • Niki

      Haha mine too!

  • Karly Kim

    You had me at beer.

    • Niki

      Hahaha this recipe had me at beer too.

  • Ashley

    YUM! You have definitely inspired me to make this, thanks for sharing :)

    Sincerely Miss Ash
    Instagram @sincerelymissash

    • Niki

      That’s great!I hope you love it!

  • amy

    you had me at beer. :) this looks awesome!

    • Niki

      Haha, it is so good!

  • Stephanie

    Eeek! Make this for me!

    • Niki

      I will FedEx you some!

  • Susan

    This sounds interesting!

    I have made Beer (Guinness to be exact) Brownies before. The beer makes it super moist and it’s such a good combination with the chocolate.

    Susan | Susan Loves…

    • Niki

      Those sound amazing!!

  • Nadine Lynn

    Beer and bread? You combined my two favorite things into one! Genius.

    • Niki

      It’s so good, too!

  • Kate

    This looks like the perfect recipe to help use up all of the random pumpkin beer we have in our fridge!

    • Niki


  • Dana

    I have this recipe and love changing out different beers to change the taste. So yummy!!

    • Niki

      So fun!

  • http://Mynewfavoriteoutfit.Blogspot.Com Ginny

    Yum, I need to make this!

    • Niki

      It’s SO good!

  • Lacey

    Looks delicious!

    • Niki

      It is! It’s so moist and buttery!

  • Katie

    yum!! I love beer bread and need to make it!

    • Niki

      It’s so good!

  • Megan Stylish + Scatterbrained

    Oh my gosh…I am definitely drooling right now! My mom used to make beer bread and I absolutely loved it! What a great idea to do it with a pumpkin ale! I recently found out I can no longer have gluten, so I am hoping I can figure out a way to make this recipe!

    • Niki

      Ohhh I think you can! I think you can use gluten free flour and there is definitely gluten free beer you can buy!

  • Rach

    MMM I want to come over and try!! Great recipe, girl!

    • Niki

      Thanks Rach!

  • Dora

    That looks so yummy! never thought of putting beer into bread but it’ worth a try

    • Niki

      Thanks! The beer works in place of yeast to help the batter rise and make it fluffy! It’s so good!

  • Georgina

    This looks so delicious Niki and actually like something I would attempt at home! :)

    • Niki

      Thanks Georgina!

  • Amy, At the Pink of Perfection

    I LOVE beer bread- add pumpkin ale?!? Omg. I’m dying over here!!!!

    • Niki

      It’s so good! And it’s easy!

  • Lacey @ Sunny + Turquoise

    UHMM I am not the best in the kitchen (I’m the worst) but this bread looks heavenly and not to mention the beer label is the cutest!!

    • Niki

      This is so easy! You should definitely try it! And yes I love their label too! :)

  • head to toe chic

    oh my gosh, this sounds sooo amazing!! I definitely need to try it.


    • Niki

      It’s so good, and it’s really easy to make!

  • Filiz

    This looks so great, sounds pretty simple to make too . Just my style.

    • Niki

      Thanks Filiz! It is really easy!

  • Kelly

    This looks and sounds amazing, YUM!

    Sparkles and Shoes

    • Niki

      Thanks Kelly!

  • Rachel Ashley

    This recipe looks so yummy!

    Rachel Ashley

    • Niki

      It’s really good!

  • Erin Redmond

    oh my goodness this looks amazing, my husband would die!

    • Niki

      It’s sooo good and buttery!

  • Setarra

    Oh wow! I’ve never even heard of a bread recipe like this before! Will definitely have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Niki

      It’s so good and it’s really fast and easy to make!

  • Mel {MamaBuzz}

    That bread looks delicious! I like the idea of the pumpkin beer too. Pinning for sure. Thanks so much for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week’s issue.

    • Niki

      Thank you so much!!! xoxoxo

  • Tara

    Shipyard is my favorite pumpkin beer. I use the beer bread mix from Tastefully Simply and it’s soooo good. The dough packages are just a little expensive.

    • Niki

      Shipyard Pumpkinhead is SO good! I haven’t tried a beer bread mix! I’ll have to look into that one!

  • Delia @ Blog Formatting

    This looks yummy, Niki, great recipe!

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    • Niki

      Thanks so much Delia! I appreciate you checking in!

  • Bill Collectors Hate Me

    That beer bread looks so delicious! I will have to ask someone to bake it for me since I am not a great baker!