Brown Butter Maple Beer Bread is an easy, savory quick bread that’s soft on the inside, with a crispy, buttery crust.  Slather it with browned maple butter for one heavenly slice!

Brown butter beer bread with slice cut

It’s Game Day!  That means we need plenty of Game Day food, and almost nothing is better than a thick, rustic slice of beer bread.

It’s soft on the inside with the crispiest buttery crust…and beer. 🙂

If you’re wondering if beer bread really tastes like beer, the answer is yes.  The beer flavor isn’t overpowering…it’s more of an undertone…but it is pronounced.

I love cooking with beer because the malt flavor really enhances everything it’s added to.  It’s certainly not just for drinking!

Loaf of beer bread with slice cut

If you want homemade bread quick, beer bread is the way to go.  It takes a little over an hour from from start to finish, and you’ve got one rustic, delicious loaf on your hands.

It’s incredible served with soups, chili, or whatever you may be serving.

Now this was the first time I’d put a brown butter spin on my beer bread, and it was crazy good.  I browned 1 1/2 sticks of butter, which only takes about 5 minutes, then added 3 tablespoons to the batter.

One tablespoon went over the top to help that crust get nice and crispy, and the rest was mixed with some maple syrup for slathering.

Be still my heart. 🙂

Loaf of maple beer bread on parchment paper

I’d never tried browned butter in a compound butter before, and was it ever delicious.  The butter hadn’t solidified completely before I took my photos, but it was either photograph it then or don’t, so I did it anyway.

No matter, I think you get the gist of things.  Spreadable brown butter has to be one of the best things ever. 🙂

I have a weak spot for homemade bread, so this beer bread is trouble for me.  It’s so easy, which means that I can make it much more often!

Since I’m a glutton for punishment, I’ll make more beer bread, and I’ll either do better self-control wise, or I’ll exercise more.

Take it from me — brown butter, maple, and beer is worth another hour or so of cardio. 🙂

Close up of beer bread with brown butter


And if you’re looking for more beer recipes, try these!


Homemade Soft Pretzels


Slow Cooker Pulled Pork


Yield: 10 slices

Brown Butter Maple Beer Bread

Maple beer bread on parchment with slice cut

Brown Butter Maple Beer Bread is an easy, savory quick bread that's soft on the inside, with a crispy, buttery crust.  Slather it with browned maple butter for one heavenly slice!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


For the beer bread:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) unsalted browned butter, divided
  • 12 ounce bottle of your favorite beer (I used Blue Moon)

For the browned maple butter:

  • 1 stick (4 ounces), unsalted browned butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • pinch of salt


Brown the butter:

  • Place the 6 ounces of butter in a stainless saucepan over low heat until melted. Once melted, increase the heat to medium high and cook until the butter foams and brown spots are visible along the bottom of the pan, being careful not burn. Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare the bread:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a standard loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of the melted brown butter, and the beer, and stir just until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly. Drizzle one more tablespoon of the melted brown butter over the top, and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely.

Prepare the browned maple butter:

  • Stir the maple syrup and pinch of salt in the remaining brown butter and place in a small bowl. Allow to solidify at room temperature. Serve softened with the beer bread, and enjoy!


  • Darker beers will result in a deeper, more prominent beer flavor. The lighter the beer, the milder the flavor!
  • The butter may be browned in advance and stored covered in the refrigerator.
  • Store leftover beer bread at room temperature wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, or freeze it for another day!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 589mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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