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Beer Cheese Dip (Zoe Approved)

This beer cheese dip requires no cooking. It does require beer and cheese. But that’s OK, right?


After writing about beer muffins with green chilies, cheese and pretzels I couldn’t help but come up with the perfect spread for them. Yes, butter is good, but this Beer Cheese Dip puts those muffins over the top. Of course pretzels are made for this dip, but Zoe loved dipping Fritos in there, too. This would also be a great savory filling for celery! Upon her departure I spread this on her turkey sandwich and heard no complaints. This dip is spreadable which means it isn’t quite as thick as a true beer cheese spread, but is still thin enough to be a dip.

We enjoyed this dip while drinking pumpkin ale in my folly, while watching the apples still falling from my tree. Geordie was having a great time eating grapes from my vine, and I must admit he’s onto something. Even with the tiny seeds these grapes are like eating food for the gods. They  are amazing. Of course none of this has anything to do with beer cheese dip, except that  it is nice to eat beer cheese dip with my daughter in my folly!

Beer Cheese Dip

Beer cheese hails from Kentucky, which totally surprised me. Apparently in Kentucky they serve beer cheese with Saltines, which works for me, but I served it with pretzels. I thought it was a Wisconsin thing, but no! I first encountered beer cheese in Michigan at Schuler’s restaurant near Detroit. My grandmother lived there and though I only remember visiting her once while she was there, I do remember this restaurant. How do I remember the weirdest stuff? They would bring a crock of  cheese spread to your table and though I’m not sure what they served with it, I do remember fighting over it. My mother then starting buying the orange cheese in a plastic tub for us to eat at home. I love that stuff, don’t you?

Recreating something that I can’t even remember what it tastes like, is kind of difficult. There are copycat recipes out there, but I don’t really think that the cheese spread I had way back when contained garbanzo beans. So I just kind of did my thing. I didn’t want a hot cheese dip but I did want a dip that was similar to a spread, so I combined several recipes and this is what I came up with. I love the horseradish flavor and though it is subtle, my guess is that that depends on how fresh your horseradish is. So beware. The beer you use is important too, because that flavor will come through. Different than pimento cheese, I think this is a great alternative.

Perfect for Halloween, Octoberfest, or just Game Day, I think this might just be the perfect fall dip!


Beer Cheese Dip


Other great beer and cheese combinations:

Bacon Crusted Beer Mac And Cheese from Melanie Makes (I don’t even like mac and cheese and this sounds great!)

Cheese Beer Soup from Recipe Girl is great this time of year!

And a Few More:

Green Chile Pimento Cheese

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Beer and Honey Potato Chips with Onion Dip

Beer and Honey Potato Chips made with store bought kettle chips are out of this world! Serve with my favorite onion dip and you have my favorite junk food. #potato chips #onion dip

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Beer Cheese Dip


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Beer Cheese Dip (Zoe Approved)

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 Servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American



8 oz sharp Cheddar cheese

8 oz cream cheese

½ c sour cream

¼ c mayonnaise

4 T butter

4 T prepared horseradish

1 T apple cider vinegar

1 T sugar

½ t black pepper

2 cloves garlic

2 t salt

½ t Worcestershire sauce

2 t paprika

1 t smoked paprika

½ c FLAT pale ale

½ c buttermilk


With steel blade in food processor, finely chop cheese with the cream cheese, pulsing until somewhat smooth. Add sour cream, mayonnaise, butter and horseradish and combine well.

Add rest of ingredients, except buttermilk. Combine well by pulsing and make sure to scrape the bowl down.

With motor running, drizzle buttermilk in until dip is the consistency you prefer. You may not use all of it.

Serve with pretzels, crackers or veggies!


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John / Kitchen Riffs

Thursday 11th of October 2018

I always thought of beer cheese as a Wisconsin thing too. I mean, cheese. They make a lot. And beer! They make a LOT! Anyway, this looks good. I've never actually made beer cheese! I should give this a try. And definitely pretzels, not saltines. Although Fritos sounds pretty good, too.

Amy (Savory Moments)

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

This dip sounds super tasty! I know my husband would enjoy it a lot.


Tuesday 9th of October 2018

So interesting this dip with beer...I sure would love to give this a try as I love everything with cheese. Thanks for sharing the recipe Abbe. Have a wonderful week!

sue| the view from great island

Tuesday 9th of October 2018

Abbe this sounds incredible, right up my alley!

All That I'm Eating

Tuesday 9th of October 2018

This sounds like a recipe I really need to try! All those ingredients sound like they do make a very addictive dip!