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Beer Cheese Dip

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Beer Cheese Dip is an easy cheesy and creamy dip recipe! A great appetizer to serve up for a party and game day tailgate. Also use as a sauce for nachos and cheese dip for pretzels!
A hand dunking a soft pretzel piece into a bowl of Beer Cheese Dip

This fast and easy Beer Cheese Dip recipe will be a new favorite! Amazing as an appetizer or use it as a sauce.

A hand dunking a soft pretzel piece into a bowl of Beer Cheese Dip

Why You Will Love This Recipe

Beer Cheese Sauce is a perfect balance of just that – beer and cheese flavor!

It only takes a few minutes to make and is sure to be a big hit at your game day party or gathering.

This Beer Cheese Dip is also amazing used as a condiment sauce for things like our BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos!

This recipe is thick which makes it perfect for dunking! But if you want it thinner, we have notes below on how to do that, too!

Ingredients

These are the ingredients you need to make the homemade cheese dip:

  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Milk
  • Beer (Stout or Ale – I prefer stout like Guinness)
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt
All ingredients labeled and sitting on a counter

Equipment

This is the equipment you need to make a beer cheese sauce:

  • Medium Pot
  • Whisk
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons

Instruction Overview

Melt your butter in a pot.

Add your flour and seasonings and cook briefly.

Whisk in your flour and then the beer.

Over a low heat, add your cheeses and whisk until melted.

A whisk mixing the cheese into the sauce mixture in a pot

Modifications and Substitutions

Stouts or ales are the best beers to use as the flavor is more prominent, but you can use any beer you like.

Adjust the consistency as needed based on what you use the sauce for. If using for things like nachos, this sauce is already thick which is perfect. If you want the sauce thinner, reduce butter and flour to 2 Tablespoons each.

Kim’s Tips

Freshly grated cheese is best when possible as it is not covered in anti-caking agents, which means it will melt more easily.

Top view of Beer Cheese Dip in a small bowl sitting on a plate of soft pretzel bites

FAQs

Which beer makes the best beer cheese?

This comes down to personal preference. I recommend stouts or ales because of the flavor that comes through.
IPAs also work well if you like hoppy beers.
Beers like a pilsner will be much milder and subtle in flavor.

Is beer cheese dip alcoholic?

Technically a very small amount is left because the dip is not cooked for a long period of time, and technically no matter how long cooked there is always a small amount left.
But it is not enough where you would feel any effect of the alcohol.

Is beer cheese supposed to taste like beer?

You will taste a hint of the beer that is also balanced with the taste of cheese.

Does beer cheese have real beer in it?

Yes!

What do you eat beer cheese with?

Soft pretzels are the ideal dunker for beer cheese! Other great options include tortilla chips, bread, and vegetables.

A bowl of Beer Cheese Dip sitting on a plate full of soft pretzel pieces
Pin of a hand dunking a pretzel bite into Beer Cheese Dip with title at top
A hand dunking a soft pretzel piece into a bowl of Beer Cheese Dip

Beer Cheese Dip

Beer Cheese Dip is an easy cheesy and creamy dip recipe! A great appetizer to serve up for a party and game day tailgate. Also use as a sauce for nachos and cheese dip for pretzels!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer, Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Football, Game Day
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 197kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a medium pot over medium heat.
  • Melt the butter in the pot.
    4 Tablespoons butter
  • Add the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, and ground red pepper. Stir and cook 1 minute.
    ¼ cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Add the milk and beer and whisk until smooth.
    ½ cup stout beer, 1 cup milk
  • Add the Dijon and Worcestershire and whisk.
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Continue cooking until the sauce is thickening, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Add the cheeses and whisk until smooth.
    1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Adjust seasoning and consistency as desired.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

This sauce will be very thick. If you want it thinner, reduce butter and flour to 2 Tablespoons each.
Darker beers tend to be better than lighter beers. 
Easily keep warm by serving in a small slow cooker over warm setting.
Serve with your favorite dunkers like pretzels, chips, and veggies. This sauce is great for nachos!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (without dunkers) | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 424IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 332mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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By on April 7th, 2023

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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