Beer Cheese Dip – Pub-Style {with Video}

Pub-style Beer Cheese Dip.  Serve warm or cold, everyone will love this dip recipe. It’s perfect for game day or anytime you need a cheesy snack.

We love to watch games while enjoying our favorites like Buffalo Chicken Meatballs , flavor-packed Spicy Tortilla Roll-Ups, Pizza Sliders that are always a hit, and a Meat and Cheese Board along with this beer cheese dip!

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Pub-style Beer Cheese Dip on a tray in bowl with pretzel and glass of beer.

Why You’re Going to Love Our Favorite Beer Cheese Dip

Whether it’s post-season baseball, football Sunday or March Madness this Pub-Style Beer Cheese Dip is the perfect appetizer recipe for game day or any time you’re having friends over.

  • This beer cheese dip can be served cold as a spread or warm as a dip
  • It’s always a crowd-pleaser
  • You can use your favorite beer: pale for a light sweet flavor or a dark ale for a more robust flavor
  • Make a kid-friendly version, and replace the beer with apple cider.
  • Your favorite brew, sharp tangy cheddar with the perfect blend of seasonings…..what’s not to love about this beer cheese dip recipe.
Pub-style Beer Cheese Dip with pretzel on tray

Ingredients To Have On Hand For Pub-Style Beer Cheese Dip

  • sharp cheddar cheese, shredded or cubes (white cheddar would also be good)
  • softened cream cheese
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • minced garlic
  • paprika
  • kosher salt
  • your favorite beer
Pub-style Beer Cheese Dip with soft and hard pretzels

What Kind of Beer To Use In Cheese Dip

There’s one important thing to note about this cheese dip – and this might be obvious, but I’m going to say it anyway…… the flavor of Beer Cheese dip depends a LOT on the type/flavor of beer you choose.

If you want subtle beer flavor use a pale or lite beer for a sweeter dip.

For more intense flavor, use darker ale where you will enjoy the robust bitterness of the beer.

Either way, you go, choose a beer that lights up your taste buds and goes down so smoothly.  If you want to skip the beer completely, just replace it with apple cider.

man dunking pretzel in beer cheese dip
Pub-style Beer Cheese Dip recipe at TidyMom.net

How To Serve Pub-Style Cheese Dip

You can serve beer cheese dip cold or warm with homemade soft pretzel bites, smeared on dilly cheese bread or baguette, your favorite crackers, hard pretzels, or even broccoli and cauliflower florets.!  

If you want to serve this dip warm, simply whisk constantly in a small saucepan over low heat, or microwave on high in 1-minute intervals, stirring between sessions until the cheese dip is warm and heated through.

If you are serving this dip warm, transfer it to a mini crockpot or fondue pot and keep it on the lowest setting.

While you’re at it, whip up a batch of Beergaritas and my favorite Boilermaker Cocktail. Bottoms up!

Pub-style Beer Cheese Dip with pretzels and glass and bottle of beer.

Beer Cheese FAQs

What Is beer cheese made of?

Generally, beer cheese is a combination of sharp cheddar, beer, and robust seasonings like garlic, cayenne, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and dijon mustard.

What do you eat with beer cheese?

Beer cheese dip is like the little black dress of recipes, it goes with everything. From pretzels and hard crackers to veggies and bread.

How do you store beer cheese dip?

Leftover dip can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

What is pub cheese?

Pub cheese is a cold spreadable cheese that’s usually made with beer. Pub cheese is served in American pubs alongside crackers and veggie sticks. It was invented to encourage patrons to order more beer.

When one of the great snack food days of the year happens in February — tell me I’m not the only one more excited about the food and commercials than the game – you will want to start a game day party plan.

We are going to need football party ideas and football party food!  This Pub-Style Beer Cheese Dip is just begging to be devoured with friends and family!

We LOVE CHEESE at our house.  A lot. Too much, maybe. I’ve shared my favorite grilled cheese, over-the-top Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese, I’ve even melted it over grapes when I made Grilled Grape Brie and Arugula Flatbread Pizza.

It might be a problem, but as far as problems go….it’s one I don’t mind having. 😉 It usually leads to delicious food. 

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Originally posted in January 2017. UPDATED September 2022. We spiffed up this post with more info! No changes to the original recipe.

Pub-style Beer Cheese Dip with pretzel on tray

Pub-style Beer Cheese Dip

Yield: about 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Pub-style Beer Cheese Dip. Serve warm or cold, everyone will love this dip. It’s perfect for game day or anytime you need a cheesy snack.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded or cubes (white cheddar would also be good)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 - 2/3 cup of beer (pale for a light sweet flavor or a dark ale for more robust, bitter flavor)

Instructions

  1. Blend cheeses and seasonings in food processor until well combined.
  2. Slowly add beer and continue processing.
  3. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour.
  4. Serve cold as a spread or warm as a dip.
  5. If you want to serve this dip warm, simply whisk constantly in a small saucepan over low heat, or microwave on high in 1 minute intervals, stirring between sessions until cheese dip is warm and heated through.

Notes

for a kid friendly version, replace the beer with apple cider.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 265mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.

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