Homemade pizza dough is delicious, but what if you don’t have any yeast? This beer pizza dough is the answer! The yeast from the beer gives this dough a chewy texture with a crispy crust. Since the alcohol cooks off in the oven, this recipe is family-friendly!

beer pizza on a cutting board

When I’m making homemade pizza, I usually make this flatbread pizza dough for the oven or this Neopolitan-style pizza dough for our outdoor pizza oven. But both of those require yeast! What if you don’t have any yeast? One option is to make this Greek Yogurt pizza dough. That recipe is delicious, but it makes a thicker crust. I wanted to try my hand at a yeast-free thin crust pizza and I’m happy to report that this beer pizza dough is the answer!

This recipe makes two 12″ pizza crusts. I like to make one for now and one to freeze. But of course, you can make both if you want to feed a crowd!

beer pizza dough

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Flour– I used all-purpose flour. I have not tested this recipe with gluten-free flour. Since beer also contains gluten, I would not recommend trying to make this recipe gluten-free.
  • Beer– I used Pabst Blue Ribbon because that’s what we had in the fridge. I recommend a neutral tasting beer like this one. Don’t use a stout, a sour or a beer with a very strong flavor.
  • Baking powder– A little baking powder will help the dough rise.
  • Olive oil– A little olive oil will help add softness to the dough.
  • Salt– It’s important to season the dough with salt, otherwise it will taste bland.

How to Make Beer Pizza Dough

My Favorite Pizza Toppings

I kept this particular pizza simple with just a little tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. But feel free to get creative with your toppings! Since this is a thinner crust, I wouldn’t overload the pizza or the crust can get soggy. But try it with spinach, green peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes or even roasted broccoli!

How to Freeze Leftover Dough

You can make this dough in advance and freeze it. I like to use one dough ball now and freeze one for later. Simply divide the dough into two balls and place into individual freezer bags. Thaw the dough in the fridge overnight, then allow it to come to room temperature before rolling out the dough on a floured surface.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this recipe safe for kids? Yes! The alcohol cooks out while the crust is baking, but you can also use non-alcoholic beer if you prefer.

Does this pizza dough taste like beer? I would describe the crust as having a yeasty, fermented flavor, which can be similar to beer. It’s a little bit like the tangy flavor in sourdough bread.

Is this recipe vegan? This beer pizza dough is vegan, so if you wanted to keep the whole recipe vegan, just use vegan mozzarella cheese.

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beer pizza dough

Beer Pizza Dough

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Rise Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 pizza crusts 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Homemade pizza dough is delicious, but what if you don’t have any yeast? This beer pizza dough is the answer! The yeast from the beer gives this dough a chewy texture with a crispy crust. Since the alcohol cooks off in the oven, this recipe is family-friendly!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 12oz beer
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl.
  2. Use a stand mixer with a dough hook or a wooden spoon to mix for 3-4 minutes or until the flour is incorporated.
  3. Let the dough rest for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  5. Divide the dough into two balls. Roll one dough ball onto a floured surface, until it’s about 12″ across. Repeat with a second dough ball or freeze the extra dough.
  6. Bake the crust on a baking sheet or pizza stone for 5-7 minutes. (5 minutes will yield a softer crust, 7 minutes will create crispy edges.)
  7. Add toppings then continue to bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  8. Once the crust is browned, remove it from the oven.