Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, half of the chopped cooked bacon (reserve half for the top), cheese (reserve a quarter cup for the top), black pepper and baking powder

Stir in 2 Tbsp melted butter and 12 oz beer until just combined

Pour into a 1.5 qt loaf pan that has been brushed with a bit of the butter

Pour the remaining 2 Tbsp melted butter over the top

Sprinkle with remaining bacon, cheese an a grind or two of pepper

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top has turned golden brown

 

Variation:

If you’d like to spice up your St. Patrick’s party, add the following to the bowl at the beginning:

1/2 tsp chili powder (or 1/2 tsp smoked paprika)

1/2 tsp garlic powder

2 tbsp minced jalapenos