Apple Brown Betty Dessert on a table, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Apple Brown Betty with IPA Beer

This traditional American dessert is updated for adults with a splash of hoppy IPA Lagunitas beer! The counterpoint of the bitter beer works well with the sweet tart apples and buttery crumb topping. You can make this non-alcoholic as well by using Lagunitas hoppy refresher, which is a sparkling water with hops flavor that has zero alcohol in it.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, brown betty, fall, rustic dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 10
Calories 309 kcal
Author Irvin


  • 4 pounds mixed apples Granny Smith, Honeycrisp and Gala are great but use you have on hand (1815 g)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 10 slices bread California-style Alvarado Street Bakery bread or another Alvarado Street Bakery bread of your choice
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar 220 g
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon divided
  • 3/4 cup melted Tillamook butter divided (170 g or 1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup Lagunitas IPA beer or another beer of your choice
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar

To serve

  • Vanilla Tillamook ice cream or your favorite Tillamook flavor ice cream (optional but not really)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Spray a large 9 x 13 x 2 inch baking pan with cooking spray.

  2. Cut the bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Peel, core and slice the apples into 1-inch thick slices. Toss the apples with the apple cider vinegar.

    cube the bread, then peel, core and cut the apples into 1-inch slices.
  3. Spread half the apples into the bottom of the baking pan. Sprinkle the half the brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon over the apples.
    Spread half the apples into the pan, then cover with half the brown sugar.
  4. Spread half the bread cubes over the apples. Drizzle half the melted butter over the bread cubes and apples.
    Add a half the bread cubes, then pour half the butter over the entire dessert.
  5. Then layer on top the bread the remaining apples and brown sugar. Drizzle the beer over the apple filling.
    Add the remaining apples and sugar. Then drizzle the beer over the entire filling.
  6. Take the remaining bread cubes and place in a bowl (you can use the one that held the apples if you want). Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon over the bread cubes, then drizzle with the remaining melted butter and toss to coat.
    Toss the remaining bread crumbs with cinnamon and remaining melted butter.
  7. Spread the buttery spiced bread cubes over the top of the apples. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the bread cubes, then cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil, and bake 15 minutes more or until the top of the bread cubes are brown and toasty.
    Spread over the filling, then sprinkle with the white sugar.
  8. Serve with Tillamook vanilla ice cream or your favorite flavor of ice cream.

Recipe Notes

If you want a deeper more yeasty and hoppy filling, you can soak the apple slices in 2 bottles of IPA beer for 2 hours at room temperature before making the brown betty. Just drain the beer, reserving 1/2 cup of it for the filling, and use the remaining beer for another recipe (like my rosemary cheese beer bread, my olive green onion beer bread or my pumpkin eclairs filled with chocolate beer pastry cream).

This post was sponsored by Safeway. I was compensated for this post and for developing the recipe. However, all opinions below are completely my own. You can get all the products featured in this recipe at your local Safeway!