Beer Cheese Dip


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Beer Cheese Dip is an easy cheesy appetizer that is perfect for game day or when hosting friends. 

A combination of your favorite beer, a variety of cheeses, and delicious seasonings this recipe is a welcome addition to any appetizer spread! Serve with pretzel bites, tortilla chips or even veggies!

dipping soft pretzel bites into beer cheese dip

Best Beer for Cheese Dip

What kind of beer do you like best? Then that is the beer you should use!

  • Dark Beers like stouts, and malts will produce deep and bitter flavor.
  • Light Beers like ales and IPA’s will give a lighter kind of flavor (this is my personal preference).
  • Non-Alcoholic beers work just fine in this recipe too!

Consider what you are serving with the dip and choose the flavor from there! The darker beers are best with pretzels, pretzel sticks, tortilla chips, and bread. For the lighter-flavored version, use carrot sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets or zucchini rounds.

Cheeses for This Dip

I use a combination of sharp cheddar, gruyere and mozzarella. The cheddar/gruyere add flavor while the mozzarella adds a creamy texture.

Any cheese will do but keep in mind a milder cheese will have a milder flavor (and won’t pair well with a really bold dark beer).

Ingredients for beer cheese dip in a saucepan

How to Make Beer Cheese Dip

This cheesy appetizer is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and will probably be enjoyed just as quickly! This starts with a roux (butter and flour mixed) to make a thick sauce.

    1. Melt butter, seasonings, and flour. Cook 1 minute.
    2. Pour in the beer and milk a little at a time whisking after each addition. It will seem thick and almost pasty at first but will smooth out nicely.
    3. Once thick and bubbly, add the cheeses and stir until melted.

Tip: Shred your own cheese from a block. Pre-shredded cheeses have additives that keeps it from sticking in the bag so it may not melt nicely.

Beer cheese dip in a bowl topped with cheddar cheese and surrounded with soft pretzel bites

What to Serve with Beer Cheese Dip

We often make beer cheese dip for pretzels and serve it warm like cheese fondue. Dipper possibilities are endless.

  • Bread: pretzels or pretzel sticks, tortilla chips, chunks of French or sourdough bread, soft breadsticks, and garlic crostini rounds.
  • Veggies: celery sticks, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, zucchini rounds, bell pepper strips, whole mushrooms, and whole (cooked) baby red potatoes.
  • Fruits: sliced green apples, pears, and grapes.

Or serve this dip alongside other classic appetizer dishes like jalapeno poppers or slow cooker little smokies.

How to Make Ahead

Beer Cheese Dip is super easy to make ahead! All you need to do is cool it and keep it covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to reheat it!

  • To Reheat: Give it a strong stir, (add a little milk if needed) and heat over low on the stove!

As with most recipes containing a lot of dairy, beer cheese dip does not freeze well.

Feelin’ Cheesy?

Beer Cheese Dip

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine American
This easy beer cheese dip is great served hot, warm, or even cold!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup beer
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar shredded
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup gruyere or swiss cheese, shredded

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Instructions

  • Melt butter, flour, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne pepper over medium heat in a saucepan. Cook 1 minute.
  • Stir in beer and milk a bit at a time whisking until smooth after each addition. Continue cooking over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
  • Reduce heat to low, add cheeses and stir just until melted and smooth.
  • Serve warm with vegetables, tortilla chips or soft pretzels.

Recipe Notes

Keep warm on a cheese fondue warmer or in a mini crock pot.
A darker beer will have a more bitter beer flavor while a lighter beer will produce a lighter beer flavor. Either will work in this recipe.
Serving size: 3 tablespoons

Nutrition Information

Calories: 126, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 165mg, Potassium: 52mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 335IU, Calcium: 194mg, Iron: 1mg
Keyword beer cheese dip
A soft pretzel being dipped into warm beer cheese dip on a wood board.
Warm beer cheese dip being served in a bowl with soft pretzels.
A pretzel being dipped into warm beer cheese dip.

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