Easy Creamy Beer Cheese Dip Recipe for Pretzels

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Dive into this mouthwatering Beer Cheese Dip, the perfect cheesy snack for game day or any gathering.

Made with simple ingredients, this combination of your favorite beer and cheese in this dip is sure to be a hit!

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Beer Cheese Dip

There’s nothing quite like the creamy texture of a good beer cheese dip which combines the rich flavors of sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and Dijon mustard with your favorite kind of beer

The resulting warm dip is perfect for serving with soft pretzels or tortilla chips.

Whether you prefer a darker beer like stout, a lighter beer like lager, or somewhere inbetween with dark lagers, this dip caters to all tastes.

For those who prefer non-alcoholic options, non-alcoholic beer works just as well.

Made in a saucepan on the stove top, this easy beer cheese dip recipe is perfect for game nights or football Sunday.

If you’re hosting a larger gathering, you can easily double the beer dip recipe and serve it in a cheese fondue pot or slow cooker to keep it warm throughout the event.

The beauty of this beer cheese recipe is its versatility. You can even experiment with different types of beer to find the best beer that suits your palate.

It’s a great recipe for any gathering, from casual get-togethers to dinner parties. Pair it with a chilled can of beer or your favorite drink, and you’re set for a delightful evening.

Beer Cheese Dip for Pretzels Easy

What Can I Serve With Beer Cheese Dip?

  • Jalapeño Poppers: For a spicy kick, these are a great side to balance the creamy dip.
  • Taco Dip: Layered with flavors, this dip pairs well with the beer cheese for a diverse snack table.
  • Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites: The saltiness of the pretzels complements the creamy beer cheese dip perfectly.
  • Pizza Dip: A cheesy combination that’s hard to resist when paired with our beer cheese dip.
  • Carrot and Celery Sticks: These veggies are a refreshing contrast for a healthier crunch.
Ingredients for Beer Cheese Dip

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Ingredients Needed For Beer Cheese Dip

  • Fresh ProduceScallions (Spring Onions/Green Onions)
  • Chilled & Dairy Butter, Whole Milk, Cream Cheese, Sharp (Strong) Cheddar Cheese
  • PantrySea Salt, Black Pepper
  • All-Purpose Flour Also known as Plain Flour.
  • Beer – use your favorite kind of beer – it’s all good!
    • Dark Beer, like stouts and malts, will produce deep and bitter flavors.
    • Light Beers like lagers and IPAs will give a lighter flavor.
    • Non-Alcoholic Beers work just fine in this recipe too!
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Pretzels for serving

The complete list of ingredients with measurements is on the recipe card at the end of this post.


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Equipment Needed For This Recipe

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Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

Dinner Party Menu Suggestions

You’ve made the appetizer, but what about the rest of the courses?

Here are additional recipes to create a menu for a dinner party or special meal:

Easy Beer Cheese Dip for Pretzels

How Do I Make Beer Cheese Dip?

The printable recipe card with the ingredients list and instructions can be found at the end of this post.

Number of Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes

Step 1 – Make Roux: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, constantly stirring, for 1-2 minutes to cook out the raw flour. It will turn into a thick paste.

Step 2 – Add Milk: Slowly pour the milk into the pan, constantly stirring for 1-2 minutes until the mixture thickens.

Step 3 – Add Beer: Stir in the beer, Dijon, and smoked paprika and continue cooking for 1 minute.

Step 4 – Add Cheese: Add the cream cheese and Cheddar, and continue cooking while constantly stirring until the cheese has melted.

Step 5 – Season and Serve: Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if desired. Transfer to a serving dish and top with fresh scallions. Serve alongside pretzels, and enjoy!

Beer Cheese Dip for Pretzels

Recipe Tips

  • For a smoother texture of the dip, grate a block of cheese yourself rather than buying pre-grated cheese.
  • Adjust the heat by adding cayenne pepper or hot sauce.
  • Experiment with different beers to find your perfect dip flavor.
  • Instead of beer, try hard apple cider for a fall twist of this recipe.
  • Thicken the dip with a slurry made with a little flour (or cornstarch) and beer stirred into the mixture. This will create a thicker beer cheese sauce ideal for pouring over French fries, nachos, or chili.
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Storing Leftovers & Freezing

  • Storing Leftovers:
    • Cool (within 1-2 hours), transfer to an airtight container, and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
    • Reheat on low heat on the stovetop or in a crock pot.
  • Freezing Instructions:
    • Freezing is not recommended for this recipe.
  • With all leftovers, ensure the food looks and smells okay before consuming.
  • Safe Minimum Internal Temperature Chart for Cooking
  • You can always consult the Food Standards Agency in your country for the most up-to-date advice on storing and freezing foods: Food Standards Agency (UK) | Food Safety (USA).

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Hot Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

Beer Cheese Dip

Michelle Ordever
Make this easy beer cheese dip recipe for your next party. Creamy and delicious, it's perfect for dipping pretzels.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Sauces & Dips
Cuisine American
Servings 4 -6
Calories 412 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour plain flour
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup beer
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 oz 50g cream cheese
  • 8 oz 225g sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Thinly sliced scallions for serving
  • Pretzels for serving

Instructions
 

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, constantly stirring, for 1-2 minutes to cook out the raw flour. It will turn into a thick paste.
  • Slowly pour the milk into the pan, constantly stirring for 1-2 minutes until the mixture thickens.
  • Stir in the beer, Dijon, and smoked paprika and continue cooking for 1 minute.
  • Add the cream cheese and Cheddar, and continue cooking while constantly stirring until the cheese has melted.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if desired. Transfer to a serving dish and top with fresh scallions. Serve alongside pretzels, and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 750mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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FAQs About Beer Cheese Dip

Here are some questions people often ask about beer and making homemade beer cheese dip.

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What kind of beer is good for beer cheese?

Any beer works, but dark beers like stouts give a deeper flavor, while lighter beers like lager offer a milder taste.

What is beer cheese made of?

Beer cheese is a melt-in-your-mouth cheesy dip made with a blend of cheddar, beer, and spices like garlic powder, paprika, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.

What do you eat beer cheese with?

Soft pretzels, tortilla chips, potato chips, carrot sticks, and celery are popular choices.

Is there alcohol in beer cheese dip?

Yes, but most of the alcohol cooks off during the cooking process, leaving behind the beer flavor.

Is a lager beer for beer cheese?

Absolutely! Lagers provide a nice beer flavor without overpowering the cheese.

Is Stella Artois good for beer cheese?

Yes, Stella Artois, being a lager, works well in beer cheese.

Is Stella Artois like Peroni?

Both are lagers, but they have distinct flavor profiles. It’s a matter of personal preference.

Is Stella Artois a beer or a lager?

Lager is a type of beer, and Stella Artois is a lager.

Why do they call it beer cheese?

They call it “beer cheese” because, well, beer is one of the main ingredients! The beer not only provides flavor but also helps in melting the cheese to a smooth consistency. It’s a combo that’s as straightforward as its name, offering a boozy kick and cheesy comfort all in one dish.

What’s the difference between beer cheese and pub cheese?

They’re pretty similar, the main difference is that beer cheese always contains a beer, but pub cheese can be made with or without beer. Pub cheese tends to be spreadable, and beer cheese is typically served as a dip.

Can you reheat beer cheese?

Yes, reheat on low heat to maintain its creamy texture.

Why do people eat cheese with beer?

The flavors of cheese and beer complement each other, enhancing the tasting experience.

How long does beer cheese last?

Stored in an airtight container, it lasts up to 3 days in the fridge.

Why did my beer cheese curdle?

Overheating or using cheeses that don’t melt well can cause curdling. Always melt cheese on low to medium heat.

Why is my beer cheese chunky?

It might be due to the type of cheese used or not stirring continuously while melting.

Pre-grated cheese contains preservatives like potato starch which keeps the shredded cheese from clumping together in the bag, which in turn means it doesn’t melt together well.

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