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Quick Gluten Free Beer Bread

Here’s the quickest, easiest to make bread recipe. Try it with different gluten free beers, vary your flour blend, add some caraway seeds or fresh herbs . . . the possibilities are endless. Great with a hearty soup or chili.

Gluten Free Beer Bread

Combine in a large bowl:

3 and 1/4 cups gluten free flour*
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt

Add to large bowl and stir well:

1 flat gluten free beer (12 oz.)
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350°. Pour batter into a greased or parchment lined 8″ loaf pan. Bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick stuck in center comes out clean. Yield: one robust loaf

*A combination of flours usually gives the best result. Pick up a ready to use blend, like the one from King Arthur Flour, or use your favorite all-purpose blend.


  1. Hi! I have a new friend who’s gluten intolerent and a new challenge for baking. This recipe sounds great but which beers are gluten free? She was over last night and wanted to have a beer andthen stopped and said “Oh, I forgot, beer has wheat in it.” Which beers have you found to be gluten free and how can you tell? Thanks for your information!

  2. If you click on “different gluten free beers” in the post, there are links to 4 different options.

    Redbridge, made by Anheuser Busch, is the most widely available gf beer. Bard’s Tale is another excellent gluten free beer that’s easy to find. For baking, I’d use Redbridge. After you taste Bard’s, you’ll probably want to save it for drinking. Both of these beers are moderately priced for gluten free specialty products.

    If your friend is a beer connoisseur, you should look for Green’s, a line of incredibly full bodied gf beers from Belgium. Green’s is very expensive but worth it for an occasional treat.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just issued draft guidance on the labeling of beers made with grains other than malted barley and hops. This means that very soon, gluten free beer makers will officially be able to label their product as being “gluten free.”

  3. I tried this recipe and it was GREAT! I’ve been craving this as I mad it for my family often before going gf. I used Bob’s all purpose but substituted 1/2 cup almond flour. Yum! And thanks!

  4. Hi! I don’t have any gluten allergies (as far as I know, at least!) but I’m very intrigued by your recipe and would love to try it on the weekend. I’m not sure if I can get almond meal where I am, though, and if I were able to find some, it would probably be prohibitively priced. Is this essential, or would it be possible to substitute something for it? Maybe I could add more of the other dry ingredients instead? I probably should mention that I’m allergic to certain nuts, so tend to avoid them altogether.

    Hope you’ll be able to help. 🙂 Thank you! 🙂

  5. Just leave it out. And if you use regular flour instead of gluten free flour in the beer bread recipe, you should also leave out the xanthan gum.

    • Thanks so much! I’ll probably be trying the gluten-free version first, though. Rice flour is pretty easy to get hold of here — I’m in the Philippines — so I’m curious to try it for making bread. Wheat and wheat products are becoming very expensive, too, so I’m looking for alternatives for home baking. 🙂

      Thanks again! 🙂