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What if I told you that with only five simple ingredients you could have a creamy, tangy, totally addictive appetizer that would please any crowd?
Well, my friends, that’s what I’m telling you. This beer cheese dip is a must-have for the perfect game day!
I’ll admit, I’m a huge fan of easy dip recipes. My friends have joked that there’s never a time when there isn’t a dip served at my house. Besides a good cheese board, dips are my go-to for entertaining.
Most of the time you can prep them in advance so that when it comes party time, you can enjoy hanging with your guests and not be stuck in the kitchen.
This beer dip is an old favorite, and a regular on game nights. Friends have called in advance to ask if I’m making this beer cheese recipe for the game.
What’s in this beer cheese dip
This easy beer cheese dip recipe is really nothing fancy, but it is so good. Five ingredients is all you’ll need:
- Softened cream cheese. I almost always use the 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese in this recipe and it does not affect the flavor.
- Sharp cheddar cheese. The overall flavor profile of this cheesy dip is mild, so you want to make sure you use sharp cheddar. I prefer to use the orange kind vs. the white kind, just for color. And since we’re not concerned with a melt factor in this recipe, it’s okay to use pre-shredded cheese for convenience.
- Beer. There are many options for the type of beer to use in this recipe. More on that later.
- Dijon mustard
- Cayenne pepper. Just a dash will do ya!
Whip them all together in a food processor until they’re smooth and creamy. That’s it!
Pub-Style Beer Cheese Dip vs. Regular Beer Cheese Dip
Pub-style Beer Cheese Dip is typically served cold, while regular beer cheese dip is typically a warm dip. Pub-style dip is usually a bit thicker, while regular beer cheese is more like a cheese fondue.
By this definition, this cold dip would be considered pub-style. And what do we drink in a pub? Beer!
So let’s get into some popular choices of beer that you can use in this creamy dip.
What kind of beer to use for Beer Cheese Dip
The type of beer you use matters in this creamy beer cheese dip. Pale ale, lager beer and stout beers are all great options. We’ve even used ciders when our gluten-free friends want to enjoy this delicious dip. It’s all good!
Here are some tips for when you’re making your selection:
- If you’re making this dip for the first time, I would recommend using a nice lager-style beer. It will give the dip a good flavor balance without being overpowering.
- As a rule of thumb, the a darker beer will yield a dip with deeper flavor. I recently used some Mad Elf that we had left over from the holidays and wow – that was good.
- Feel free to experiment with how each beer changes the overall flavor and find what you like best.
What do you eat with Beer Cheese Dip?
Soft pretzels and soft pretzel bites are popular choices when beer cheese dip is served warm, but they may be too soft for this pub-style recipe.
(If you love the combination of beer cheese and pretzels, try my homemade soft pretzels stuffed with beer cheese. So yum.)
This is also a good dip for low carb diets. Serve it with raw veggies like celery sticks, carrot sticks and cauliflower florets.
Can you make Beer Cheese Dip ahead of time?
Definitely! Prep this easy appetizer recipe in advance and store it in the fridge in an airtight container.
This beer cheese dip tastes best at room temperature, so take it out of the fridge about an hour before you plan to serve it.
Can you use non-alcoholic beer in Beer Cheese Dip?
You can absolutely use non-alcoholic beer in beer cheese dip. It still tastes like regular beer and you won’t have to sacrifice any flavor.
How to Store Leftover Beer Cheese Dip
Store any leftover dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last several days if stored properly.
When you make this cold beer cheese dip recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Drop a rating or leave a comment below. Enjoy!
For more game day recipes, try these:
For more cheesy dips, try these:
The Best Beer Cheese Dip (Easy Pub Style Recipe)
- 4 oz. cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese grated
- 1/3 cup dark beer
- 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 large pinch of cayenne pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Serve at room temperature.