discard beer bread

Sourdough discard beer bread is a delicious and easy way to use up your sourdough discard, combining the tangy flavor of sourdough with the rich taste of beer. This quick bread requires no yeast or rising time, making it perfect for a quick bake. Here’s a simple recipe:

Sourdough Discard Beer Bread Recipe


  • 1 cup (240ml) sourdough discard (unfed)
  • 1 bottle (12 oz or 355ml) beer (any type, but a lighter beer works best)
  • 3 cups (360g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (divided)
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon dried herbs (rosemary, thyme, or your favorite herbs)


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. If using dried herbs, add them now.
  3. Add Wet Ingredients: Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the sourdough discard and beer. Stir until just combined, being careful not to overmix. The batter will be thick and sticky.
  4. Add Melted Butter:
    • Pour half of the melted butter into the bottom of the prepared loaf pan.
    • Spoon the batter into the pan and spread it evenly.
    • Pour the remaining melted butter over the top of the batter.
  5. Bake the Bread: Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool and Serve:
    • Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
    • Transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Slice and serve the bread warm or at room temperature. It’s delicious on its own or with butter.


  • Beer: The type of beer you use will affect the flavor of the bread. Lighter beers will give a milder taste, while darker beers like stouts or ales will provide a richer, deeper flavor.
  • Add-Ins: Customize your beer bread by adding shredded cheese, chopped herbs, or spices to the batter.
  • Storage: Store the bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze for longer storage.

Enjoy your sourdough discard beer bread!

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