Guinness Bread Recipe (2024)

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Make this easy Guinness Bread recipe for St. Patrick's day this year. After all everyone gets tired of sweets and drinking at some point, give them some of this yummy Irish Guinness brown bread!

The bread has a moist hearty texture and makes a delicious side dish for corned beef dinner or treat by itself.

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Guinness Brown Bread

Guinness Bread is a wonderful treat any time of year, but with St. Patrick's Day coming up it is all the more enticing. This easy beer bread recipe is perfect to make for breakfast or brunch, and goes very well with stews and baked beans too (like brown bread). No worries, the alcohol cooks off in baking, so the kids can enjoy some of the Irish Guinness Bread as well.

This recipe is mildly sweet if you are looking for a straight up dessert try myChocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting.

Making Guinness Beer Bread

It is quite easy to make this Irish Guinness brown bread, just a few minutes of prep and pop it in the oven to bake. Full recipe below.

Ingredients for Irish Beer Bread

Here is everything you need to make the recipe:

You will also need a loaf pan and nonstick cooking spray or shortening to coat the interior of pan.

  • 1cupRolled Oats
  • 2cupWhole Wheat Flour
  • ½cupBrown Sugar
  • 2teaspoonBaking Soda
  • 1teaspoonBaking Powder
  • ½teaspoonSalt
  • ¼cupmelted Butter
  • 2teaspoonVanilla (optional)
  • 1cupMilk
  • 1teaspoonVinegar
  • 12ozGuinness Stout


First, prepare your loaf pan with cooking spray or grease it with shortening.

Then mix together the milk and vinegar, set aside for 10 minutes.

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In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together for the beer bread.

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Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture, and mix together well. It will resemble cake batter rather than bread dough.

Pour the Guinness beer batter from the mixing bowl into the greased loaf pan, sprinkle oats on top and bake. Cool the bread on a wire cooling rack before serving.

Serve warm with a nice pat of Irish salted butter.

Storing the Bread

To store at room temperature tightly wrap the loaf in plastic film or place it in an airtight container on top of a piece of paper towel (regulates moisture). It will last for up to 3-4 days.

I don't recommend storing this bread in the refrigerator.

To Freeze, wrap tightly in plastic cling wrap. It will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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If for some reason you end out with any leftover stale beer, be sure to check out my article, uses for beer in the garden.

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Guinness Bread

This lightly sweet hearty Guinness brown bread recipe is perfect for breakfast, or along with Irish stew or baked beans.

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Course: Brunch

Cuisine: Irish

Keyword: Guinness Bread, Irish Beer Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes minutes

Total Time: 1 hour hour 5 minutes minutes

Servings: 10

Calories: 224kcal

Author: Mom Foodie Contributor


  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup melted Butter
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla extract optional
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vinegar
  • 12 oz Guinness stout beer

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  • Preheat oven to 425.

  • Grease a loaf pan.

  • Combine milk and vinegar and set aside for 10 minutes.

  • Mix together ¾ cup of oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

  • In another bowl, stir together the butter, vanilla, milk mixture and Guinness.

  • Add dry mixture into the liquid mixture, and stir until blended.

  • Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  • Sprinkle top with remaining oats.

  • Bake 30 minutes, then reduce temperature to 400 and bake for additional 20 minutes.

  • Allow to cool in pan for 30 minutes before moving to a wire rack.


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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Reader Interactions


  1. Heather Tasker says

    Wow! I can't do bread or beer, but IF I could....!

    This sounds fantastic. Shared with friends.

    Great post!


  2. Kelly says

    Any way to adapt this recipe to be made in a bread machine?
    Thanks - Kelly Mc in TN


    • Robin Gagnon says

      If you do try it, skip both the baking soda and powder. While there is yeast in beer, I don't believe there would be enough to rise it sufficiently the in a bread machine. I would add a little active yeast.


  3. Rosemary Flynn says

    If do not have Guinness can I substitute another beer?


    • Robin Gagnon says

      Yes, but I would go with a darker beer if you can.


  4. Shannon says

    Could I just use buttermilk?


    • Robin Gagnon says

      Yes you can absolutely swap buttermilk out for the milk and vinegar.


  5. Christine James says

    Will APF work instead of wheat?


    • Robin Gagnon says

      It should be OK


  6. John says

    I have made this bread 20 or more times. I love it. Can’t wait to give some away this St. Paddy’s Day. Sláinte.


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