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Beer Cheese Dip 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 recipe, my go to.

This recipe is quick and easy to make and it is just so stinking good! It’s a creamy, cheesy, pot of deliciousness. I like to serve it up with some warm pretzels. The salty softness is the perfect complement.

Beer cheese dip goes great on a party food table with our cream cheese dip, cold crab dip and spinach artichoke dip or alongside our little smokies.

bowl of beer cheese dip with pretzels on the side

Beer Cheese Dip

In my book, appetizers should be quick and easy to make. But, they should also be insanely delicious.

So, I’d say it doesn’t get much better than this beer cheese dip recipe. It ticks all the boxes. For a non-alcohol version, check out our cheese dip as well.

I brought this as a shareable dish to the last gathering I went to and it did not last very long. The recipe makes a pretty large batch. But it’s a crowd favorite. So, if you’ll be with a big group it doesn’t hurt to double up the batch.

Beer Cheese Dip Ingredients You Will Need: 

  • 12 oz of your favorite beer (I used Sam Adams Boston Lager)
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Bacon crumbles (for garnish)
  • Shredded cheese (for garnish)

What Cheeses to Use In Beer Cheese Dip

I think the tagline for appetizers everywhere should be: The more cheese, the better! Am I right? You seriously can’t go wrong with a cheesy, creamy appetizer – these hanky panky appetizers are a great example of that.

In this beer cheese dip we use not one, not two, but three types of cheese! Oh yes!

An entire 8 oz brick of cream cheese creates the based, mixed with the beer. Then, shredded sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses are melted in as well.

You could switch it up and use something different for the sharp cheddar and monterey jack. If you’re a spicy fan, you could try pepper jack.

Beer being poured into bowl of batter

What Beer to Use in Your Beer Cheese Dip

Any type of beer will work just fine for this recipe. This is where your personal taste will come into play! Choose your favorite.

I like to stick with a lager style 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 flavors. It helps balance the beer to cheese ratio in the dip.

You could also use any light beer. I would try to stay away from using any beers that are too dark. They will alter the flavor of the recipe quite a bit!

How to Make Beer Cheese Dip

First, add the cream cheese and the beer of your choice to a pan.

Over medium heat melt the cream cheese together with beer. Be sure not too cook these two together to quickly or at a high heat.

Once the cream cheese has started to melt, you can begin to whisk them together until the two are well combined. They will start to create a saucy mixture.

When the cream cheese is completely melted, add the following ingredients: garlic salt, paprika, extra sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.

After adding these ingredients you will have to stir the mixture continuously until the shredded cheeses are entirely melted and all ingredients are well combined.

Finally you can transfer the dip to a serving dish. Then, garnish it with additional shredded cheese, bacon crumbles, or other toppings you’d like. If you are going for spicy perhaps you could add jalapeños.

Serve your beer cheese dip with regular or warm pretzels, bread or tortilla chips for dipping

Tip: Check Your Temperature

Be sure to follow the instructions above. 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 high heat it might ruin the recipe.

What to Serve with Beer Cheese Dip

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 also just can’t go wrong with pretzels and cheese! Speaking of which, you can also serve this with soft pretzels!

Another option is to serve your cheese dip in a bread bowl! You can definitely get creative with this and make it look like a football. It’s the perfect snack to bring to a football or Super Bowl party.

I also like it will a simple crunchy tortilla chip.

Really, the sky’s the limit. Crunchy or soft, salty or not. The decision is yours! This dip is so good, there’s really nothing I wouldn’t eat it on!

pretzel being dipped into beer cheese dip

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.

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Beer Cheese Dip

This delicious beer cheese dip is creamy, cheesy and easy!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beer Cheese Dip
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 300kcal


  • 12 oz of your favorite beer I used Sam Adams Boston Lager
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Bacon crumbles for garnish
  • Shredded cheese for garnish


  • First, 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 continulous 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.



Calories: 300kcal
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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.

    1 Comment

    1. Layne Henderson

      Layne Henderson

      March 14, 2019 at 5:25 pm

      This is such an easy, delicious appetizer recipe!

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