Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross
16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

This savory quick bread pairs well with soup or chili and is ideal for an open house or casual get-together.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion to pan; cook 10 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in pepper and garlic; cook 1 minute.

Step 3

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk; make a well in center of mixture. Add onion mixture, cheese, and beer to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.

Step 4

Spoon batter into a 9 x 5–inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle 1 tablespoon butter over batter. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon butter over batter. Bake an additional 25 minutes or until deep golden brown and a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Step 5

Apple-Cheddar Beer Bread: Substitute 1/2 cup minced shallots for onion. Place 1/2 cup shredded peeled Gala apple in paper towels; squeeze until barely moist. Cook shallots and apple in oil over medium heat for 7 minutes. Substitute 1 cup shredded extrasharp white cheddar cheese for Monterey Jack. Substitute 1 (12-ounce) bottle hard cider for lager. Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Step 6

CALORIES 151 (27% from fat); FAT 6g (sat 5g, mono 6g, poly 3g); PROTEIN 4g; CARB 9g; FIBER 8g; CHOL 11mg; IRON 3mg; SODIUM 265mg; CALC 87mg

Step 7

Manchego-Jalapeño Beer Bread: Substitute 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions and 1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeño pepper for onion; cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Substitute 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Manchego cheese for Monterey Jack cheese. Substitute 1 (12-ounce) bottle Mexican beer (such as Dos Equis) for lager-style beer. Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice).

Step 8

CALORIES 148 (28% from fat); FAT 6g (sat 4g, mono 7g, poly 3g); PROTEIN 7g; CARB 6g; FIBER 7g; CHOL 12mg; IRON 3mg; SODIUM 244mg; CALC 108mg

Step 9

Sopressata-Asiago Beer Bread: Substitute 1/2 cup minced shallots and 2 tablespoons chopped green onions for onion. Substitute 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Asiago cheese for Monterey Jack cheese. Substitute 1 (12-ounce) bottle Italian lager beer (such as Peroni) for lager-style beer. Stir 2 ounces finely chopped Sopressata salami into batter. Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice).

Step 10

CALORIES 154 (29% from fat); FAT 5g (sat 4g, mono 2g, poly 3g); PROTEIN 5g; CARB 2g; FIBER 7g; CHOL 11mg; IRON 4mg; SODIUM 301mg; CALC 89mg

Ratings & Reviews

December 22, 2015
New Glarus, eh?  Extra cheese for you :)


September 18, 2016
The flavor was good but rich.  The bread was dense, so we couldn't eat but a little bit at a time.  I used a darker beer than recommended, so that may have added to the rich/dense aspect.

mom2fussbudgets's Review

July 14, 2014
I've made this bread many times now, and I absolutely love it! I'm not fond of onions, so I leave those out. I also use white spelt flour in place of the all-purpose flour, and sharp cheddar cheese instead of Monterey Jack. A definitely favorite for me and my family. So good it makes me swoon! The next day, we make grilled egg and cheese sandwiches with the leftovers. Sometimes, I make the bread JUST so we can have it for grilled egg and cheese sandwiches.

brighteyes8's Review

March 03, 2014
Really tasty with a moist, tender interior and a deliciously crisp crust, but I agree the sugar is a little too high. Next time I will try 2 T. instead of three. I used asiago cheese and a Hawaiian wheat ale.

CindyW's Review

August 26, 2013
This is excellent! I used grated parmesan since I couldn't quickly find manchego. Not exactly a Mexican beer, but we had Yuengling in the fridge. Very tasty with our omelets earlier, and even better with soup this evening. Highly recommend.

EllenDeller's Review

March 09, 2013
This is a very easy, tasty basic bread to which one could add various things if desired. I did use just 2 TB of sugar, which seems about right, and just 1 TB of butter on the top. Might add some smoked paprika and a TB or so of chopped parsley next time. I thought it cut very cleanly. Best when warmed.

pnoldan's Review

January 24, 2013
Out of Monterrey Jack, so I subbed in Asiago. Used New Glarus Two Women lager for the beer. It was absolutely excellent, and I love making this bread! I make this instead of traditional garlic bread with lasagna now.

emilywish's Review

November 18, 2012

Moniac's Review

November 09, 2012
Made this for casual party and folks loved it! I used Doubliner cheese & Heineken. Seems any good cheese and good beer would work well. So easy to make, I'll likely use it again.

Tinkleflick's Review

October 19, 2012 Check out my review here!