Guinness Bread

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This hearty quick bread recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

Guinness bread on a cutting board.

I love cooking with Guinness – whether it is a hearty Irish stew like Instant Pot lamb stew or a sweet treat like Guinness brownies the beverage adds flavor and excitement to many dishes.

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This Guinness Bread is packed with flavor, and has an amazing moist texture. Since it is a quick bread you don’t have to mess around with proofing yeast, the carbonation in the Guinness Stout combines with the baking soda to make the bread rise.

Guinness Bread - A hearty quick bread made with Guinness Stout which is perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

This recipe is based on the one from the Guinness Storehouse, athough I changed it up a little make it less sweet. My family likes this bread much more than traditional Irish Soda Bread, and we will be having a loaf on St. Patrick’s Day this year. The bread goes perfectly with a soup or stew, like the Irish Colcannon Soup I posted last week, and any leftovers will be tasty for breakfast too.

Yield: 2 loaves

Guinness Bread

Guinness bread on a cutting board.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 cup white flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup Guinness


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together the whole wheat flour, white flour, oats, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
  3. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles small crumbs.
  4. Add the milk, molasses and Guinness, and mix until well combined.
  5. Use cooking spray to coat 2 bread loaf pans, and pour the batter into the pans.
  6. Sprinkle a little more oatmeal on top to make it look prettier.
  7. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour, until the center is cooked through and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.


Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1829Saturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 2775mgCarbohydrates: 345gFiber: 23gSugar: 76gProtein: 50g
Guinness bread on a cutting board.

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9 thoughts on “Guinness Bread”

  1. 5 stars
    I haven’t made Guinness bread in a while–thank you for the new recipe and inspiration!

  2. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to try this bread, it looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. I don’t drink, don’t have any type of booze in my house. Can you substitute something else for the beer.Selzer water, club soda 7 up, sprite any other bubbly beverage. I would like to try this, it looks really good. Thank you.


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