Makes one 9x5x3 loaf.
1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Add the beer all at once, mixing as little as possible; the batter should be lumpy.
2. Pour the batter into a 9-x-5-x-3-inch loaf pan and brush with the melted butter. Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Turn out onto a rack to cool.
Recipe adapted from New Tastes from Texas by Stephan Pyles, (Clarkson Potter)