Irish Amber Ale Pretzels #BreadBakers

Irish Amber Ale Soft Pretzels

Irish Amber Ale Pretzels bring soft, chewy goodness to the table. Rich with buttermilk and Irish Amber Ale. Skip the yeast. Ready in under 30 minutes!

Irish Amber Ale Pretzels

Welcome to another addition of Bread Bakers! Today we’re getting our Irish on!


It’s hard to believe these soft, chewy pretzels are made with baking powder. I used a standard baking soda bath to produce that popular texture we all love in a soft pretzel.
Irish Amber Ale Pretzels
Irish Amber Ale Pretzel


Bob’s Red Mill Artisan Flour helped give these pretzels an out of this world texture! I used Smithwick’s Irish Amber Ale as the beer for these pretzels. Not too heavy and oh so flavorful!

I’ll make these pretzels again and again.

Irish Ale Pretzels

You have to have spicy mustard and an Irish Ale wouldn’t hurt either!

Irish Amber Ale Pretzels #BreadBakers

Yield: 12 pieces

Serving Size: 1 each


  • 6 cups water
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour, divided (I use Bob's Red Mill Artisan Bread Flour)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 6 ounces buttermilk
  • 6 ounces amber ale or lager, at room temperature
  • 1 egg beaten with water for egg wash
  • Coarse or Kosher or sea salt for topping pretzels


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Bring water and baking soda to a boil. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Mix buttermilk, ale and honey together, Add to flour mixture.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly.
  • Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece in a bit of flour and stretch into rope. Form into pretzel or twist shape.
  • Dip pretzels in baking soda water for a few seconds and then place on a silicone lined cookie sheet. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Cool a bit on rack. Enjoy warm alone or with mustard or cheese sauce.
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Irish Amber Ale Pretzels


Hosting for Bread Bakers this month is Wendy Wilk of A Day in the Life on the Farm. Thanks Wendy for a great theme!


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26 Responses to Irish Amber Ale Pretzels #BreadBakers

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  2. Karen says:

    How interesting! They do look tasty! Love the green hat!

  3. I keep meaning to make pretzels, and seeing yours makes me want to get to it!
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  4. Holly says:

    Pretzels are a great idea with baking with beer!
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  5. Wendy Klik says:

    Love that you thought to make pretzels. YUM.
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  6. Can’t wait to make these, love that they’re no-rise 😀

  7. Eileen says:

    These look very tempting, Cindy. I’m intrigued by using beer in a quick bread.

    • Eileen I could not believe the texture! Between Bob’s Red Mill Artisan flour and the baking soda bath these were just as soft and chewy as yeast pretzels!

  8. Oh Cindy, those pretzels looks so crusty and good! With the buttermilk, ale and honey, I bet they are so flavorful. I wish I were dipping one into some mustard right now! :)
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  10. What a great post. How interesting that baking soda gets this bread toward the pretzel texture!! I need to try these!!
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  11. Namita says:

    Hello Cindy, your bread looks awesome and sounds delicious. I would love to try out soon.

  12. the ale must have brought an awesome flavor

  13. Such a pretty bake!! Loved the bread Cindy!

  14. Pavani says:

    Those pretzels look amazing.

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