Beer Cheese Dip

  • By KJ

Beer Cheese Dip is a rich, gooey sauce of beer, tangy cream cheese, and a blend of sharp cheddar and smoked gouda.

It’s seasoned to perfection to create a savory, tangy, smoky cheese sauce — perfect for dipping, drizzling, or dousing your favorite snacks.

While beer cheese dip and pretzels are the perfect party food, don’t limit this delicious sauce to game days and holidays. It can elevate everyday meals, such as burgers, baked potatoes, and nachos.

Unlike many other cheese dip recipes, this one is quick to make, with streamlined ingredients. No roux. Just four ingredients + seasoning. This makes the recipe the ultimate appetizer to whip up when you’re in a hurry.

Enjoy this creamy dip with warm soft pretzels, veggies, tortilla chips, or sourdough bread.

Beer Cheese Dip

Beer Cheese Dip is a rich, gooey sauce of beer, tangy cream cheese, and a blend of sharp cheddar and smoked gouda. 

It’s seasoned to perfection to create a savory, tangy, smoky cheese sauce — perfect for dipping, drizzling, or dousing your favorite snacks. 

While beer cheese dip and pretzels are the perfect party food, don’t limit this delicious sauce to game days and holidays. It can elevate everyday meals, such as burgers, baked potatoes, and nachos. 

Unlike many other cheese dip recipes, this one is quick to make, with streamlined ingredients. No roux. Just four ingredients + seasoning. This makes the recipe the ultimate appetizer to whip up when you’re in a hurry. 

Enjoy this creamy dip with warm soft pretzels, veggies, tortilla chips, or sourdough bread.

Why KJ Loves

Beer Cheese Dip

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I love how heavenly and luscious this beer cheese dip is! Minimal ingredients, minimal time and a huge crowd pleaser…my kind of dip!

Beer Cheese Dip Ingredients

Beer

Use your favorite beer for this recipe! The flavor of the beer comes through in this cheese dip, so make sure you grab one that you enjoy. 

A darker beer will produce a more robust, bitter flavor and make the dip a little darker in color. A lighter beer will produce a lighter flavor. Avoid fruit-flavored beers. 

If you’re not sure what type of beer you like best, check out this crash course on beer to get some ideas for some brews to try out. 

Cream Cheese

Make sure you soften the cream cheese. This is a key ingredient to produce a creamy dip. Don’t skimp on the fat! 

Shredded Cheese

I recommend a combo of sharp cheddar cheese and smoked gouda cheese for this beer cheese dip recipe. But if you want to swap out the gouda for another type of cheese, go for it! Sharp white cheddar, Monterey jack, or pepper jack would all work! I like to buy pre-shredded cheese to save time.

Seasonings

These add the extra depth of flavor to complement the creaminess and the alcohol. Use ground mustard, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. 

Toppings

You can serve beer cheese dip plain, or get creative with the toppings! Try chives, extra cheese, paprika, bacon crumbles, or funky blue cheese crumbles.

three different types of cheese in a white bowl.

How To Make Beer Cheese Dip

Pour the beer into a Dutch oven or pot over the stovetop.

Add the cream cheese and shredded cheese and stir until melted and smooth. Then, add the ground mustard, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder and stir to combine. 

To serve, pour into a serving bowl. Top with chopped chives and a sprinkle of paprika. 

Serve with warm pretzels or pretzel bites. 🥨

Slow Cooker Method

Add all of the ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.

melted cheese and seasoning being mixed together with a whisk in a white dutch oven

How To Serve Beer Cheese Dip

Serve the beer cheese dip warm or pour it into a slow cooker to keep it warm if you’re serving it over a more extended period of time. 

A good ‘ol warm, soft pretzel is the tried-and-true pairing for this dip. You can get frozen soft pretzels or frozen soft pretzel bites in most grocery stores (or you could go all out and make your own homemade pretzels!). Sometimes, there are also fresh baked pretzels in the bakery section. 

Beer cheese dip also pairs well with veggies, tortilla chips, sliced cooked bratwurst, and sourdough bread. Even better — make up a platter with a bunch of different options for people to choose from! 

You can also use beer cheese dip as a sauce for your meal. Eat it on burgers, with fries, or over a baked potato!  

 

beer cheese dip topped with spices in a bowl surrounded by soft pretzels

Beer Cheese Dip FAQ

What is beer cheese dip made of?

This beer cheese dip is made with beer, cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, shredded gouda cheese, and spices. 

What is the best beer for beer cheese dip?

The best beer is whatever beer you like the most! The flavor of the beer really comes through in the cheese sauce, so make sure to choose a beer you enjoy. The darker the beer, the darker the flavor. Avoid fruity beers, as they can mess with the overall flavor. 

What goes well with beer cheese?

The classic soft pretzel is the perfect match for beer cheese dip. Or, choose tortilla chips, sliced cooked bratwurst, and sourdough bread. The dip also pairs well with veggies, like carrot sticks, cauliflower florets, and celery sticks. If you want to use it as a sauce, you can enjoy it on burgers, fries, potatoes, and more. 

Does beer cheese still have alcohol?

While some of the alcohol will cook away, there is still alcohol in the beer cheese dip. The longer you cook it, the more the alcohol will cook off. However, if you overcook this sauce, it may burn.  To ensure there’s no alcohol in your dip, you could use a non-alcoholic beer for this recipe. 

Is beer cheese dip safe for kids?

While some of the alcohol will cook away, there is still alcohol in the beer cheese dip — especially if you don’t cook it for long. If you want to be safe, use a non-alcoholic beer for this recipe. Learn more about serving kids food cooked with alcohol here

How do you reheat beer cheese sauce?

Reheat on low over the stovetop. If needed, add a little milk to stir it around. 

Does beer cheese dip freeze well?

This beer cheese sauce does not freeze well and should be consumed within several days. 

soft pretzel being dunked into a bowl of beer cheese dip.

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  • Author: KJ & Company -Kate Poskochil

Description

Beer Cheese Dip is a rich, gooey sauce of beer, tangy cream cheese, and a blend of sharp cheddar and smoked gouda. 

It’s seasoned to perfection to create a savory, tangy, smoky cheese sauce — perfect for dipping, drizzling, or dousing your favorite snacks. 

While beer cheese dip and pretzels are the perfect party food, don’t limit this delicious sauce to game days and holidays. It can elevate everyday meals, such as burgers, baked potatoes, and nachos. 

Unlike many other cheese dip recipes, this one is quick to make, with streamlined ingredients. No roux. Just four ingredients + seasoning. This makes the recipe the ultimate appetizer to whip up when you’re in a hurry. 

Enjoy this creamy dip with warm soft pretzels, veggies, tortilla chips, or sourdough bread. 


Ingredients

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  • 12 oz beer of choice
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz smoked gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  1. Pour the beer into a Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. 
  2. Add in the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and gouda and stir until melted and smooth. 
  3. Add in the ground mustard, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder and stir to combine. 
  4. To serve, pour into desired bowl, top with chopped chives, a sprinkling of paprika and serve with warm pretzels or pretzel bites. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Cheese – you can use any combination of cheese that you like best! I would suggest sticking with the cream cheese and cheddar for sure, but then you can get creative with the remaining 8 oz of cheese needed. A sharp white cheddar, monterey jack, smoked gouda or pepperjack would all work!
  • Beer – use your favorite beer for this recipe! A darker beer will give a more robust, bitter flavor, while a lighter beer will give off a lighter flavor. 
  • Toppings – get creative with the toppings! Chives, extra cheese, paprika, bacon crumbles, funky blue cheese crumbles

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 358
  • Sugar: 0.7g
  • Sodium: 359mg
  • Fat: 18.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.7g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 12.3g
  • Cholesterol: 62mg

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