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Beer Bread with Garlic and Herbs (Vegan)

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This savory garlic herb beer bread is bursting with flavor. The recipe for this quick bread includes ingredients and suggestions for making it 100% vegan compliant. Cut a nice thick slice, warm it up and slather with a  buttery spread; or serve as a side with a casserole or soup.load of garlic herb beer bread with blue checkered napkin

For this garlic herb beer bread recipe you will need: 

All-purpose flour, organic sugar, baking powder, lemon pepper, dried thyme, oregano (Turkish is best), salt, fresh garlic, beer, and vegan butter. (This recipe does contain vegan compliant ingredients. If you are not vegan, you may substitute if desired.) You will also need a 9×5″ non-stick loaf pan to make this bread.

When I first started eating vegan, I was honestly eating pretty darn super healthy and 100% whole foods plant-based compliant – nothing processed. Real life did eventually set in though, and I realized that I could occasionally give myself permission to break away for special occasions and eat foods that were more processed. No,  I am not advocating this more processed way of eating on a regular basis;  because for our health; the closer we get to a minimally processed whole food plant-based diet, the better off we will be. But I have grown kids….and they occasionally come home and are looking for the special treats that only mama can make. So I will break away from WFPB perfection and feed them the yummy delicious vegan-compliant food they are craving. It’s okay…five slices of garlic herb beer bread in basket with blue checkered cloth

If you are looking for a sweet quick bread that is perfect to enjoy over a cup of coffee or tea, try my Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread!  So good:)

And for the most delicious bread maker bread, try my Bread Machine Wheat Bread with Molasses and Agave.

Tips and Tricks for Making Garlic Herb Beer Bread

  • You will be using a vegan butter spread two different ways in this recipe.
    • For the melted butter listed in the recipe (you pour on the bottom of the pan and on top of the dough before baking),  I’ve had the best success with either Miyoko’s Cultured Vegan Butter Sticks or Country Crock Plant Butter.
    • For spreading on a warm slice of beer bread just before eating, I prefer Earth Balance Buttery Spread. (NOTE: The Earth Balance does not work well melted and baked as a recipe ingredient. The texture just isn’t right – it feels too oily. Instead, use one of the vegan butter sticks mentioned above.

      butter on top of the raw batter in the loaf pan for garlic herb beer bread
      Don’t forget to pour half of the melted vegan butter on the bottom of the pan, and half on top before putting your beer bread in the oven. It needs to cook into the bread for the best flavor.
  • Mix together the dry ingredients and the minced garlic. Make a well or a hole in the center of the dry ingredients and all at once, pour the beer on top. Incorporate all of the ingredients. Don’t overmix or your beer bread will not be as tender.

    a stream of beer being poured in dry ingredients for garlic herb beer bread
    Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and then pour all the beer at once into the middle. Carefully turn to incorporate so that you don’t overmix.
  • For vegan compliance, use a vegan compliant beer and organic white sugar. To learn more, read the following articles on why all beer and sugar may not be compliant.
  • If you do not want to use beer, you may substitute with an unsweetened carbonated soda. Though using regular soda will still cause the bread to properly raise, be aware that it will not have a “yeasty” taste if you substitute it for beer.
  • Let cool for a few minutes until you can handle the pan. Run a knife around the edges to loosen and carefully turn out onto a cooling rack.

Serving Suggestions for Beer Bread with Garlic and Herbs

  • My favorite way to eat the savory flavorful garlic herb beer bread is warmed up with a rich buttery spread or vegan cream cheese on top. Since this bread is savory rather than sweet, do not top with sweet jams or jellies.buttered garlic herb beer bread on white plate with crock of buttery spread and blue checkered cloth
  • Better yet, serve with a soup or casserole that has complimentary herbal flavors such as my Veggie Lentil Soup or the (pictured) Creamy Vegetable Pasta Soup.slices of garlic herb beer bread in basket with blue checkered napkin behind white bowl with creamy vegetable bow tie soup

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Garlic Herb Beer Bread (Vegan)

This savory garlic herb beer bread recipe uses vegan compliant ingredients.  It is flavorful and delicious served with a buttery spread on top or as a side for casseroles or soup.
from 7 reader reviews
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Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer bread, garlic herb bread vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey


  • 3 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano Turkish is best
  • 6 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt use less if watching sodium
  • 12 ounce can beer I used Budweiser
  • 1/4 cup buttery sticks read blog post for suggestions


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Chop garlic and set aside.
  • Mix all dry ingredients and garlic in a medium sized mixing bowl. Make a well in the center.
  • Pour in beer and mix to incorporate.
  • Melt 1/4 cup butter sticks.  See blog post for brand suggestions.
  • Pour half into the bottom of a 9x5" loaf pan.  
  • Turn bread dough into the buttered pan and gently press into the corners.
  • Evenly pour remaining melted butter on top.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until top is nicely browned.
  • Allow to cool till you can handle the pan, then go around the edges with a knife and turn out onto a cooling rack.


Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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12 thoughts on “Beer Bread with Garlic and Herbs (Vegan)”

  1. 5 stars
    This is one recipe I need to try asap since I’m a carboholic and I love plant-based products even though I’m not a vegan. But I always feel better after eating it.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is my go to. I’ve made bread and muffins (same recipe, butter in each well of the muffin pan, use a fork to move the ball of dough around to get butter on both sides, about 10 minutes at 425 though mileage may vary) and they’ve all turned out great. I’ve spoken to the author on Facebook about this: I’ve used the earth balance sticks to great effect, whereas the author lives in an area without them, so don’t be afraid to use the earth balance sticks. Love this version because of the herbs in it, so many other recipes don’t put the herbs in and I think that’s where the real flavor is.

    • The Earth Balance sticks (and soft tubs) are now available at my supermarket and I’m officially a raving fan! Like, I’ll make toast or potatoes just to spread that that “butter”. Thanks so much for writing:)

  3. Hi! Are you sure about the amount of sugar, though? It came up a little too sweet for me….maybe it’s a typo? Otherwise it’s great!

    • Hi, this is the amount we use and it comes out fine – to our tastes. I do realize that everybody’s taste is a little different though. I also would like to ask what kind of beer you use? We are old lol – and have an IPA ban in our house. I’ve often wondered if different types of beer might change the flavor…


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