It’s funny to think of how long I went without hearing about beer bread, especially since I enjoy beer and have long cooked with it: beer brats, beer can chicken, beer braised brisket. When I finally did hear about it, I have to admit that I turned my nose up- while cooking with beer seemed like a great idea, baking with it? My reaction was probably similar to the boyfriend’s last night, when he simply said, “Say what??”
And then I tried it. All fears about bread that would taste like beer or have a funny aftertaste went out the window. It was fantastic! There may be a slight beer taste which remains, at least in the plain version, but it’s a welcome flavor, not the unpleasant interloper that I had expected. Then, after a period of making it fairly frequently, I went for a while without making beer bread. I still can’t explain that decision, but it’s back! And just as delicious as I remembered- now it’s also gained the approval of the boyfriend and Jazz, the latter of whom enjoyed vacuuming up a couple of crumbs that fell as I sliced it.