Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a standard sized loaf pan with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl add the self-rising flour, sugar and beer. Stir until combined. Pour into the loaf pan. Melt half of the butter in the microwave or stove top and pour over batter evenly.
Place the loaf pan on the center of the rack and bake for 1 hour or until golden brown and the center comes out clean when a toothpick is inserted in the center of the loaf.
Melt the remaining butter and pour over the while hot and still in the pan. Remove from pan and let cool for 20 minutes before cutting and serving.
Can I make my own self-rising flour?You can make your own self-rising flour if you don't want to buy a big bag. For every cup of all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur), add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt.What can I use instead of beer?I do not recommend using anything other than beer for this recipe though you can use a non-alcoholic beer such as O'douls if you need to.Does beer bread need to rise before baking?No, this bread does not rise before baking. The lack of yeast and the addition of self-rising flour instead means that you can make your dough and bake it right after putting it all together.How long does beer bread keep?This bread keeps well and will last at least a couple of days, you can leave it on the counter or refrigerate. I like to warm it up and serve it with butter and jam or honey for breakfast the next day.