Yummy note: I've gone to a few of those parties, lets call them "simply tasty" ;) where everything I think is served with beer bread. Every dip mentionable is served on beer bread I think the last time I was there, wow a great utensil beer bread makes, right?! haha.. in all seriousness though, beer bread is pretty darn easy to make without any fancy bread mixes, dips, or crazy ingredients. I found this recipe several places online that really seemed ridiculously simple, and it really was. I was almost surprised that it worked. I've made it several times. The one time I even made a load using cream soda, as the "beer" ingredient, and added some cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top of the butter, which turned out nice and breakfasty. Another time I went a bit more traditional and used a local beer. A note on the beer, be careful on what you choose as the beer does make a difference in the end taste.
12 0z beer (I've heard not to choose a super light beer so pick what you like to drink would be a good choice)
3 cups self-rising flour
1/3 cup sugar
3-4 Tablespoons melted butter
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a bowl, combine flour and sugar. Next, stir in the beer, it will be foamy and sticky. You might have to even use your hands if you can not stir it with a spoon.