Wisconsin Bacon and Cheese Beer Bread

This Bacon Cheese Beer Bread is super simple to make with only FIVE ingredients, and super delicious!
This Bacon Cheese Beer Bread is super simple to make with only FIVE ingredients, and super delicious!

Can I tell you something that is going to make you so happy you want to cry??
My very dear friend, Erin, IS HAVING A BABY!!

I know!  Right??  You’re losing it!  I can tell.

Okay.  This may mean nothing to you, but let me tell you what it means to me.

Erin is one of my nearest and dearest friends.  She was my dog sitter when I gave birth to Gavin and when we walked in the door with our little baby for the first time, I could not have been happier to have her sweet face waiting for me.

Around my house, she is known as Auntie Erin.  And she is the absolute best.  We freak out when we get to see her because we love her so much.  She brings awesome presents (to all of us) and I can say almost anything to her and she is neither shocked nor phased because she knows me so well.

Well, about a month before Elliot was born, Erin and this most amazing man (who now happens to be her husband) moved waaaaay out west.  They were headed to school, a new adventure, and a climate that doesn’t make you want to cry in mid-January.

And then we found out Elliot was sick.

When I was laying in a hospital bed waiting to go under the knife, Erin was begging me to let her jump on a plane immediately and fly out to join us.  I told her no.  I think because saying yes meant admitting how serious things were, and because I didn’t know what was coming and when exactly I would need her.

She flew out the week between Elliot’s passing and his funeral.  She cried with me.  She helped take care of Gavin.  And we all cried when she headed back out, knowing that it would be harder without her around.  (Erin’s crying and feeling guilty reading this, but she shouldn’t.)

And Quinn.  Man.  Erin loves that kid so much.  After Quinn was born, Erin had me send a picture of her every single day until she could meet her.  We called in the Daily Quinn (DQ).  As in 10 pm rolling around and me getting a text message from Erin saying, “Could you please send me my DQ??”

 This Bacon Cheese Beer Bread is super simple to make with only FIVE ingredients, and super delicious!

{Incidentally, it was shortly after Erin moved out of state that I had to switch to unlimited texting.}


You get it now, right?

Erin’s not just having any baby.  She’s having my little niece or nephew.  And I know that she wishes, almost as much as I do, that she lived closer.  I know how much she misses the midwest, and all our bacon and cheese loving ways.  She once purchased bacon flavored lip gloss.  No joke.

So Erin, this Wisconsin Bacon Cheese Beer Bread is for you.  Eat some.  Skinny Two needs a little more Wisconsin in him (or her).  And tell her (or him) that Auntie Lisa can’t wait to squeeze her (or his) cheeks!!

This Bacon Cheese Beer Bread is super simple to make with only FIVE ingredients, and super delicious!


Wisconsin Bacon and Cheese Beer Bread


  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 oz beer (keep in mind that bitter beers become much more bitter when cooked)
  • 8 oz cheese, 3/4 cut into 1/2 inch cubes, 1/4 shredded
  • 2 pieces of bacon, just undercooked (do not pat off the grease), chop up the bacon


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the sugar and the flour. Gently mix in the the beer. The batter will be thick.
  3. Mix in the cheese cubes and bacon.
  4. Pour the batter into a greased bread pan. Top with shredded cheese.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Remove from pan and let it cool for about twenty minutes on a cooling rack before cutting in to it.

Adapted from The Food Network.

This Bacon Cheese Beer Bread is super simple to make with only FIVE ingredients, and super delicious!


    • says

      Right?? And it is going to sound super gross (OR AMAZING!!) but the grease from the bacon kind of spreads the delicious bacon flavor all through the bread 🙂

  1. LisaP says

    Uh, THANK YOU PINTEREST. This looks super-delicious! And I think it’s really cute how you wrote the recipe as if I would actually make it with only two slices of bacon. Instead of, like, five. Or elevendy-four.

  2. Joe says

    You are a sick,sick human. I have had to call Roto-Rooter out to clear my arteries after making this bread (again,and again) with a whole pack of bacon, double the cheese and a bottle of Liennie Vanilla Porter. How can you sleep at night, knowing you have unleashed this recipe on the helpless public.
    p.s.- Any more ideas on beer,bacon and cheese baking or cooking?

  3. Danielle says

    hi there!
    I was planning on making a couple loafs of your beer bread for a trip I am going on this weekend. I wanted to make them ahead but wanted to make sure they keep well after cooled and for how long. And if they can/should be put in the freezer?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this!


    • says

      I don’t love bread that has been frozen and then thawed, but that could just be a personal preference. I personally wouldn’t make them more than about two or three days ahead.

    • says

      Erik, honestly, I can’t remember. But what I always tell people is to pick a beer that you really like, because it’s flavor will intensify in the bread. I like pilsners, so that’s what I used, but I’m not sure which brand.


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