Pumpkin Beer Bread

stack of pumpkin bread with butter and honey with beer in a glass beside of it as well as a white pumpkin

This Pumpkin Beer Bread is so extra cozy! It’s subtly sweet and is the best for dipping in soups and chili during this Fall season! One bowl baking goodness!

This recipe was originally published in October 2019. I’ve since updated the photos! Enjoy! 

So, if you know me at all, you know that I love carbs. Specifically, I love bread. Any type of bread in fact. I love sweet breads, savory breads, rolls, naan..the list could go on. I eat a piece of sprouted toast every morning smothered in butter and jam and I literally go to bed looking forward to it. Crazy? Maybe. Worth it! 

freshly baked pumpkin bread with 2 slices cut, green linen and white pumpkins beside of it

I’ve done several bread recipes here on Our Balanced Bowl in the past couple years. However, they have mostly been sweet bread recipes. Take for instance my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Zesty Lemon Blueberry Bread or my Cinnamon Peach Bread

I knew that this Fall I wanted to do a more savory bread recipe because I personally think bread is one of the absolute best things to complete a meal during the Autumn season. So, I created this super easy and delicious Pumpkin Beer Bread! 

Why You’ll Love This Bread 

First off, I love how this is a one bowl bread recipe. No yeast, no proofing in the fridge or rising time. 

It’s one bowl. Simple. Mix it together and plop it in a greased pan and BOOM! Done! 

two fresh slices of pumpkin bread

Another reason that I love this bread is that I truly think it’s the perfect combination of savory and sweet. It has a bit of added sugar and I feel like a little bit molasses-y from the beer (depending on what you use) but I truly love the fact that you can either eat it with butter and honey or crumble it up and put it in a chili! 

backlit photo of pumpkin bread with butter, honey and cinnamon. White pumpkin and glass of beer in the background

This bread is incredibly moist due to the REAL pumpkin puree inside of it. And I’m truly obsessed with the crunchy topping thanks to the melted butter you add on top of the batter right before you bake it! SO good! 

It’s dense, thick and a little bit spongy due to the beer. The beer is a subtle flavor but you can tell it’s in there and it’s SO yummy. Overall, it’s super versatile and delicious! So let’s get into how to make it! 

Ingredients You Need for Pumpkin Beer Bread: 

  • all purpose flour 
  • granulated sugar 
  • baking powder 
  • pumpkin pie spice 
  • pumpkin puree
  • beer (see notes below for what type of beer you should use) 
  • melted butter 

Best Beer Bread Tips: 

Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Make sure your oven is hot before you add in the beer bread! Generously grease a 9×5 inch loaf baking pan (with butter preferably!) and set that aside while you begin making your batter. You can also use parchment paper if you desire for easy removal vs. butter 🙂 

overhead shot of slice of buttered pumpkin bread with a wooden bowl of salt beside of it

Begin by mixing the all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and a pinch of salt together. Whisk them until they are combined. Add the pumpkin puree and mix gently. Lastly, add the beer. Let the foam settle BEFORE you mix. It’s going to look pretty crazy. Like this: 

foamy beer bread batter in glass bowl

But no worries! Promise it will turn out delicious! 

It’s going to be a pretty dense and heavy dough. Add to the greased baking pan and spread it out evenly. Now this is where the good stuff really starts…

To the top of the batter in the pan, add 2 tbsp of melted butter. Oh yes. This will ensure that delicious extra crunchy topping that is so mouthwateringly YUM. 

beer bread batter with melted butter on top in a glass baking dish

Place this in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the bread rest in the pan once you have removed it from the oven for about 5 minutes or so. Gently remove and place on a wire cooling rack. 

Slice and eat up! My personal favorite way is to eat it warm with a generous schmear of salted butter, drizzle of honey and an extra pinch of salt. It’s thick, dense and DELICIOUS. 

What Beer Should You Use? 

The beer flavor comes through great in this Pumpkin Beer Bread recipe so I would definitely pick a beer that you love the flavor of. 

3 bottles and 1 can of different types of beer, all pumpkin flavored.

For me, I have done several different kinds! I tested out several different Pumpkin ales, which i would DEFINITELY recommend to add to the overall pumpkin flavor. I wouldn’t recommend doing a super bitter beer like a Pilsner or IPA. I would recommend doing a lighter, mild beer with a more wheat flavor. It doesn’t have to be expensive either! You can actually buy beers by the single at a lot of grocery stores.

stack of 2 slices of pumpkin bread with one slice beside of them with a bite taken out of it.


Hope you guys enjoy this one! XO 

Did you like this recipe? Here are a few more you might like: 

Chipotle Sweet Potato Chili 

Easy Homemade Chili 

Chicken Pot Pie Soup 

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5 from 5 votes

Pumpkin Beer Bread

This Pumpkin Beer Bread is so extra cozy! It’s subtly sweet and is the best for dipping in soups and chili during this Fall season! One bowl baking goodness!

Course Appetizer, bread
Cuisine American
Keyword easy bread, easy pumpkin recipes, one bowl baking, pumpkin beer bread, pumpkin bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 12 oz. bottle beer (lighter/pumpkin ale preferred)
  • 2 tbsp melted butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Generously grease a 9x5 inch loaf baking pan and set that aside while you begin making your batter. 

  2. Begin by mixing the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, sugar). Whisk them until they are combined. Add the pumpkin puree and mix gently.

  3. Add the beer. Let the foam settle BEFORE you mix it in. Once settled, mix to combine.

  4. The result is a pretty dense and heavy dough. Add to the greased baking pan and spread it out evenly.

  5. Pour the 2 tbsp of melted butter on top evenly.

  6. Place in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  7. Let rest in the pan for 5 minutes. Gently remove onto a wire cooling rack. Slice when ready and enjoy! I like mine best with butter and a drizzle of honey. Feel free to crumble it in chili or dip it in soup.

Recipe Notes

For more beer options that you can use, please see the notes above in the blog post. 

13 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    Wowowowow!!! This looks so super delicious. I absolutely love pumpkin and beer so putting them together sounds genius!

  2. 5 stars
    This looks and sounds incredible, Haylie! And that last shot with the melted butter? You know I love that! Such a delicious fall recipe that I can’t wait to try! Delicious with coffee or a glass of wine, alike! Happy Friday! XOXO

  3. 5 stars
    If there is beer in the bread, it would be a great way to get my husband to eat pumpkin! 😉 Seriously, this bread looks amazing. Such a great texture and would definitely go perfectly with a bowl of chili!

  4. I’m on a Keyto diet my doctor suggested to help with my tremors plus I have an intolerance to wheat. I’ve had a wonderful drooling time going through your recipes AND can easily convert them so it fits my needs and still look and taste like yours. After awhile my diet gets boring but your recipes will take care of that and just in time for Christmas dinner and desserts!
    I saw you on the 700 Club.


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