Dip in Beer and Cheese

This beer cheese dip is creamy, with three distinct types of cheese and a hint of spice, and it’s done in 20 minutes! The ideal complement to my handmade soft pretzels.

I couldn’t wait any longer to share my favorite beer cheese dip recipe, since sharing my handmade soft pretzel recipe without also sharing this dip seemed cruel!

This probably goes without saying, but I feel the need to state it anyway: no matter how wonderful this dip is, and no matter how hungry you are, do not eat the whole batch in one sitting. You will be sorry.

That being said, it’s definitely better if you prepare this for a Super Bowl party or simply bring some neighbors over to help you eat it since it can be a hazardous, dangerous item to have sitting around.

I’m not a fan of the really thick, greasy nacho cheese dips, so this one is a little thinner. It’s still wonderfully scoopable and coating a pretzel or breadstick like no other.

Tips for making beer cheese dip

Choose a beer that you truly like. The taste will come through pretty strongly, so choose a beer that you actually appreciate. I’ve tried both lighter lagers and heavier porters, and they’re both great with their own distinct taste.

You must shred your own cheese. You’ve probably heard me say it before in previous recipes, but fresh shredded cheese is much superior than pre-shredded packets of cheese. I know it takes longer, and your fingers may get weary, but it melts much smoother, and you’re eliminating preservatives, which is always a plus.

Low and slow heat. If you increase the heat to cook it quicker, you will wind up burning the bottom of the pan and the taste will suffer.

Stir often, but only over low-medium heat, until everything is blended, smooth, and thick enough to your pleasure.

How do you thicken beer cheese dip?

The beauty of this recipe is that if you discover it isn’t thick enough for you, it’s simple to adjust by just adding more cheese!

2 cup of your favorite cheese dip and a pinch of flour or cornstarch (try 1 teaspoon at a time) whisked together over low heat. Nevertheless, you may instead use a small saucepan, 1

Return this to the other pan of sauce and stir until combined (repeat as necessary to get the consistency youre after).

How to reheat beer cheese dip

Thankfully, it’s quite simple! Just keep the dip in an airtight jar in the fridge, then pour into a saucepan and cook, stirring regularly, over low heat until heated through.

Done and dusted!

Beer Cheese Dip

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Prep Time: 10mins
Cook Time: 10mins
Total Time: 20mins
Servings: 16(4 cups)
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This beer cheese dip is creamy with three different kinds of cheese and a subtle amount of heat – ready in 20 minutes! The perfect partner to a homemade soft pretzel.


  • 12 oz. of your favorite beer
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 8 oz. shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika, plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • In a medium saucepan, stir together cream cheese and beer over medium heat until melted and blended.
    8 ounces cream cheese, 12 ounces beer of your choice
  • 8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
    8 tsp cayenne pepper, 12 tsp paprika, 12 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp
    Mix in the cheddar and Gruyere cheeses, as well as the mustard, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and white pepper. Over low-medium heat, whisk until totally melted and smooth.
    8 oz. white cheddar cheese, 8 oz. Gruyere cheese, 2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • Do a quick taste test and season with salt and pepper to taste. If you want additional heat or spice, add extra cayenne pepper or chili powder!
    seasoned with salt & pepper
  • If it’s not thick enough for you, simmer it on low heat, stirring regularly.
  • Transfer to a serving plate and top with your favorite dippers (pretzels, chips, bread, etc.). Enjoy!


  • Storage: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  • Reheat on the stove over low heat, stirring periodically, until well heated.
  • Quantity: This recipe yields around 4 cups of cheese dip; if you want less, just cut the amount in half!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 261mg | Iron: 1mg


Which beer makes the best beer cheese?

A good, hoppy IPA, in our view, is the finest beer with beer cheese (craft beer style). It adds a lot of taste richness. You may use lager, pilsner, or even non-alcoholic beer instead, but the taste profile will be milder.

Is beer cheese dip alcoholic?

Is beer cheese dip alcoholic? Yeah, there is still a trace of alcohol in the sauce. It’s not cooked long enough for the alcohol to evaporate fully (but there are always small traces of alcohol no matter how long are you cooking the dish).

What makes beer cheese beer cheese?

Sharp cheddar is blended with processed cheese or other young, soft cheeses such as Monterey Jack or even cream cheese to form beer cheese, which is then mixed with flat beer and spices such as salt, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, garlic, and mustard.

What is the origin of beer cheese dip?

Legend has it that it all began in the late 1930s on the banks of the Kentucky River near Winchester. Chef Joe Allman devised the distinctive salty, spicy spread for his cousin Johnnie, proprietor of the Driftwood Hotel, who provided it as a free snack to stimulate his clients’ desire for beer.

Is beer cheese supposed to taste like beer?

It’s created using just 5 ingredients and takes around 10 minutes to prepare. Beer cheese dip is sharp and cheesy while remaining creamy. There has a distinct beer taste. Depending on the beer you use, it may taste harsh and hoppy, or it may be more roasty, sweet, and malty.

What state is known for beer cheese?

It’s a thing in Kentucky. Almost every brewery and brewpub menu in Louisville include a version of the delectable snack, which is normally made with cheddar cheese, beer, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic.

Does beer cook off in beer cheese dip?

In general, beer cheese sauce, bourbon caramel, and other sauces that are brought to a boil and then withdrawn from the heat retain around 85 percent of the alcohol. Diane, cherry jubilee, and other recipes that burn the alcohol may have up to 75% alcohol.

Does beer cheese have real beer in it?

Beer cheese is a spread that is produced by blending cheese (typically cheddar) with beer and a few seasonings until smooth. It may be served as an uncooked spread or in variations that resemble fondue or beer cheese soup.

Can kids eat beer cheese dip?

You cannot consume beer cheese if you are under the age of 21.

What do you eat beer cheese with?

Pretzels of any size, shape, or form are the ideal companion for beer cheese dip, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Try it with a variety of dippers, such as steamed fingerling potatoes, roasted cauliflower, sliced cooked bratwurst, baby carrots, celery sticks, broccoli florets…

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