This warm Beer Cheese Dip is a gooey, cheesy, flavorful dip that is ready in about 10 minutes. It’s a must-have snack for game day or anytime you want to feast on a cheesy dip. It pairs perfectly with soft pretzels, crunchy crackers, and vegetables.
When I say “game day,” do you think of the game or the incredible spread of food? Personally, I look forward to the food the most. Who can resist delicious chicken wings with an array of sauce, fresh homemade guacamole, cheesy dips, hot dogs, little smokies, and so many other foods popular on game days? Can you tell I’m in it just for the food?
When it comes to planning party food, I stick to the rule of “the easier, the better.” I don’t want to be exhausted before the party even starts. You want to enjoy the party as much as the guests and not spend your time in the kitchen, right? Let me tell you, this dip is so flavorful and takes no times at all.
You’ve never been closer to an incredibly delicious, cheesy dip than this Beer Cheese Dip. Its deliciousness is only matched by how easy it is to make. You can be dipping your soft pretzels into the dip within 10 minutes. (Although, I would wait a few minutes for the dip to cool down before digging in.)
Ingredients You Need:
In my recipe, I stick to two main ingredients: beer and cheese. After all, that’s what I’m advertising it to be!
Besides the beer and cheese, there are only a few flavor additions and something to make it thick and creamy. Beer and cheese are definitely the main ingredients but you will also need some gourmet mustard, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and whole milk. Don’t forget some butter and flour to thicken the dip.
Prep your ingredients before starting to cook! That’s an important step because this is a fast recipe and you will want to have the ingredients next to you.
Start with making a roux, which is a combination of melted butter and flour, in a medium saucepot. Melt butter over medium heat and whisk in flour until smooth.
Next, start pouring in beer while slowly whisking. Let the mixture come to a simmer.
Finally, add cheeses, milk, mustard, and seasonings. Slowly stir with a whisk or a wooden spoon while the cheese is melting. Once cheese is melted, let it come to simmer and take it off heat.
Frequently Asked Question:
I like to use a combination of softer cheese that melts easily and cheese that had a strong, sharp flavor. For the softer cheese, I choose Mozzarella or Monterrey Jack cheese. For the sharper cheese, go with aged sharp cheddar, Gruyere, or aged Gouda.
Whichever cheese you choose, it’s best to use block and not pre-shredded.
It’s best to use beer with a deeper, richer flavor like an ale or a lager. I always say to use your favorite brand of beer and wine when cooking with alcohol. Whichever one you like the taste, that is the one you will want to use
Yes, you can! With two simple substitutions, you can enjoy this dip in a gluten free version. To thicken the dip, use gluten free all purpose flour and use your favorite gluten free beer to make the dip. There are several gluten free beers on the market and even though they tend to have a strong, IPA-like flavor, you can still use it to make the dip.
I do not recommend freezing this cheese dip. It will break down and separate after freezing and thawing.
Soft pretzels is the best compliment to this dip but you can also serve a variety of crackers and chips. If soft pretzels are not available, I’ve served sliced Baguette with it and it was a hit.
Also, try vegetables! Broccoli and cauliflower florets are wonderful with a cheese dip. Cucumber slices, asparagus, and carrots are great to dip as well.
Microwave is the easiest way to heat up this dip but make sure to set it on half the power or it will scald the cheese and cause it to break up.
You can also reheat it in a saucepot, over medium-low heat.
More Cheese Dips To Try:
Beer Cheese Dip
- 3 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 cup beer: ale or lager
- 8 oz extra sharp white cheddar cheese
- 8 oz Monterrey Jack cheese
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp Grey Poupon mustard or other gourmet mustard
- Prepare the ingredients before starting to cook because this is a fast recipe and you will want to have the ingredients next to you. Measure ingredients and slice cheese.
- Melt butter over medium heat and whisk in flour until smooth.
- Start pouring in beer while slowly whisking. Let the mixture come to a simmer.
- Add cheeses, milk, mustard, and seasonings.
- Slowly stir with a whisk or a wooden spoon while the cheese is melting.
- Once cheese is melted, let it come to simmer and take it off heat.