December 28, 2023Review Recipe
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When it comes to parties, you can’t go wrong with beer and cheese which makes this beer cheese dip a go-to recipe. This creamy, cheesy pot of deliciousness is easy to make and it is just so darn good!
Beer Cheese Dip Ingredients
- 8 ounces of cream cheese
- 12 ounces of your favorite beer (I used Sam Adams Boston Lager)
- ½ teaspoon of garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon of paprika
- 8 ounces of extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 8 ounces of Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- Bacon crumbles (for garnish)
- Shredded cheese (for garnish)
It is best to grate your own block of cheese rather than buying pre-shredded cheese. Pre-shredded cheese tends to have a preservative on it that prevents it from melting fully.
Substitutions And Additions
TOPPINGS: Garnish this cheesy snack with green onions in addition to the crispy bacon bits and extra cheese.
SPICY: Add a dash of hot sauce or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to this pub-style beer cheese dip for an extra kick.
BEER: Any type of beer will work just fine in this recipe. This is where your personal taste will come into play. I like to stick with a lager beer.
It’s a bit more mellow, and it doesn’t have overly powerful flavors, which keeps the beer cheese dip from tasting too strongly of just beer flavor. It helps balance the beer-to-cheese ratio in the dip.
You could also use any lighter beers, such as a pale ale. I would try to stay away from using any dark beer. They will alter the flavor of this beer cheese sauce recipe quite a bit.
You could even use non-alcoholic beer if you prefer.
CHEESE: You could switch this hot beer cheese dip up and use different kinds of cheese instead of the sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack.
If you’re a spicy fan, you could even try pepper Jack.
How To Make This Beer Cheese Dip Recipe
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
This cheesy dip makes a pretty large batch. It’s a crowd favorite though, so, if you’ll be with a big group, it doesn’t hurt to double up the batch.
STEP ONE: Add the cream cheese and beer to a pan over medium heat. Whisk occasionally as it combines.
Cooking the beer and cream cheese together over medium heat is important. You want to be patient while waiting for the cheese to melt. If you cook it too quickly on a higher heat, it might ruin the recipe.
STEP TWO: Once melted together, add garlic salt, paprika, extra sharp cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheese.
STEP THREE: Stir until the shredded cheeses are completely melted, and all ingredients are combined.
STEP FOUR: Transfer to a serving dish and garnish. Serve with pretzels, bread, or tortilla chips.
How To Serve
I love to serve my beer cheese dip with pretzels. Something about the soft creamy texture of the cheese dip in contrast with the salty crunch of a pretzel is so tasty. You can also serve this with a soft warm pretzel.
Check out our soft pretzel recipe to make your own.
This is also a good dip to serve with a simple crunchy tortilla chip or even raw veggies such as celery sticks, cauliflower florets, and carrot sticks.
IN THE FRIDGE: This dip will keep fine for a few days covered in an airtight container in the fridge.
IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing this cheese dip as the delicious creamy texture will change.
Do yourself a favor and test out a little bit of your dip before you bring it to the party because, chances are, it’ll be gone in a flash. You might miss out on your own dish. This creamy cheesy appetizer is definitely one of my personal favorites, and I don’t doubt it will be one of yours (and your friends) the first time you give it a try.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You can certainly keep this dip in your slow cooker on the warm setting so that it stays all warm and melty during your party.
Salty snacks such as pretzel sticks or soft pretzels are perfect to dip in this beer cheese dip. Raw veggies would also be tasty with this dip.
While I doubt you will have any leftovers because it is so addictive and yummy, you can store leftovers in the fridge for up to three days.
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Beer Cheese Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 12 ounces your favorite beer (I used Sam Adams Boston Lager)
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- Bacon crumbles, for garnish
- shredded cheese, for garnish
- Add the cream cheese and beer to a pan over medium heat. Whisk occasionally as it combines.
- Once melted together, add garlic salt, paprika, extra sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.
- Stir until the shredded cheeses are totally melted, and all ingredients are combined.
- Transfer to a serving dish and garnish. Serve with pretzels, bread or tortilla chips.
- It is best to grate your own block of cheese rather than buying pre-shredded cheese. Pre-shredded cheese tends to have a preservative on it that prevents it from melting fully.
- This cheesy dip makes a pretty large batch. It’s a crowd favorite, though, so if you’ll be with a big group, it doesn’t hurt to double up the batch.
- Cooking the beer and cream cheese together over medium heat is important. You want to be patient while waiting for the cheese to melt. If you cook it too quickly on a higher heat, it might ruin the recipe.