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 with Cream Cheese is a must-have for the perfect game day!
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 Cheese Dip with Cream Cheese is an old favorite, and a regular on game nights. Friends have called in advance to ask if I’m making Beer Cheese Dip for the game.
What’s in this beer cheese dip with cream cheese
This easy beer cheese dip recipe is really nothing fancy, but it is so good. Five ingredients is all you’ll need:
- 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.
- 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 served warm. Pub-style dip is usually a bit thicker, while regular beer cheese is more like a cheese fondue.
By this definition, this beer cheese recipe 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 with Cream Cheese
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 darker the beer, the deeper the flavor of this dip will be. 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 with Cream Cheese?
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 Beer Cheese Stuffed Soft Pretzels. So yum.)
For a low carb option, serve this dip with raw veggies. My favorites are celery sticks, carrot sticks and cauliflower florets.
How to serve Beer Cheese Dip with Cream Cheese
Prep this easy appetizer recipe in advance and store it in the fridge in an airtight container. It will last for 3-4 days.
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.
Football Sunday is right around the corner, so grab your favorite beer and let’s get this party started!
When you make this Beer Cheese Dip with Cream Cheese, 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 easy dip recipes, try these:
Beer Cheese Dip with Cream Cheese
- 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.