Preheat oven to 350° and spray bread pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Chop nuts and set aside. This is a great step to have kids do with supervision.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt until well combined.
Stir in the ginger beer until combined. Do NOT over-stir the bread just combine ingredients until all are wet (that's the scientific magic of soda bread).
Fold in the nuts and dried fruit, mixing in just a bit. (You can omit the fruit and nuts entirely for a plain soda bread)
Pour/Dump (it's a thick batter)
Bake for 40 minutes. Check for doneness and bake up to an additional 10 minutes.
When cooked completely, cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Turn out onto the wire rack to cool completely.