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Guinness Beer Bread

This Guinness Bread is pretty great. Sweet and savory at the same time, slathered with a little bit of Irish butter…perhaps even served with a frothy pint of Guinness? STOP. Just stop it now.

Guinness Beer Bread

I was really happy with how these little suckers turned out. I knew from the dark brown color of the bread that I wanted it to taste like the a-mazing brown bread they serve at the Cheesecake Factory. It came pretty darn close…but this bread has an entire bottle of Guinness in it and it’s homemade with love…so this makes it better than your standard chain restaurant freebie bread!

Guinness Bread

For this bread, I used my mini loaf pan. It’s a hard pan to resist using when it yields such cute mini results. You can definitely make this bread in a round cake pan, a standard loaf pan, or and 8×8 inch baking dish. OR what about muffins? There are many options here, just adjust your baking time appropriately. I found the mini loaves were done when a toothpick came out clean.

Between this and the Irish Soda Pull apart bread, I’m going to have trouble deciding which one to make every year for a St. Patty’s tradition!

Guinness Beer Bread
Adapted from All Recipes
makes 8 mini loaves, an 8×8 inch pan, or a loaf pan

  • 1 1/4 cups regular rolled oats, plus additional for topping

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Guinness® beer


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease an 8 cup mini loaf pan.
  2. Mix together the oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In a separate large bowl, stir together the butter, vanilla, buttermilk, and Guinness beer. Pour the flour mixture into the beer mixture, and gently stir until well blended. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, and sprinkle with additional oats if desired.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 400 degrees F, and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 30 minutes. Remove mini loaves from pan and serve.
  4. NOTE: If you are not making mini loaves or muffins, you’ll need to bake the bread for longer. The original recipe suggests baking for an additional 30 minutes in a 400F oven. If the bread is browned and a toothpick comes out clean, you are good to go!