Beer and Wholegrain Sourdough

Bake a rustic loaf with our Beer and Wholegrain Sourdough recipe. Combine unique flavors for a rich, artisan sourdough experience. What's better than beer and bread?!


5/26/20231 min read

This unique sourdough recipe uses beer to add depth of flavor to your bread. The yeast and malt in the beer can enhance the natural flavors of the sourdough, while the whole grains add a pleasant texture and a slight nuttiness to the finished loaf. Enjoy your baking!



  1. A kitchen scale.

  2. A glass or plastic container for your starter.

  3. A large mixing bowl.

  4. A Dutch oven or bread cloche.

  5. A banneton (bread proofing basket) or another bowl for shaping and proofing your bread.

  6. A lame or sharp knife for scoring the bread.

  7. A bread thermometer (optional).


  1. 100g active sourdough starter

  2. 300g lukewarm beer (a malty beer like an amber or a stout would work well)

  3. 500g bread flour

  4. 50g whole grains (like rolled oats, rye berries, or sunflower seeds)

  5. 10g salt

Sourdough Steps

  1. Mix your active sourdough starter with the lukewarm beer in a large bowl.

  2. Stir in the bread flour and whole grains until no dry spots remain.

  3. Cover and let sit at room temperature for about an hour. This rest period, or autolyse, helps the flour absorb the liquid and begins gluten development.

  4. Add the salt, then mix by hand until it’s fully incorporated into the dough.

  5. Perform a series of stretch and folds over the next 2-3 hours. To do this, wet your hand, then grab one side of the dough, stretch it up, and fold it over onto itself. Do this every 30 minutes to help build the dough's strength and structure.

  6. After the stretch and fold process, let the dough rise until it has roughly doubled in size. The timing can vary depending on the temperature and the activity of your starter, but expect 4-8 hours.

  7. Once the dough has doubled, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a round loaf.

  8. Place the loaf into a well-floured proofing basket or bowl, cover, and let it rise until it's puffy but still resilient. This could take 1-2 hours.

  9. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 475F (245C) with a Dutch oven inside.

  10. Carefully transfer the risen dough into the preheated Dutch oven (be careful of the hot pot!). Score the top of the loaf with a sharp knife.

  11. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 15-20 minutes, until the loaf is deeply browned.

  12. Let the bread cool for at least an hour before slicing and serving.