Beer Cheese Dip

We had some friends over for game night last weekend.  I usually make some sort of queso for game night.  This time, however, I wanted to take things a slightly different direction with beer cheese dip.

There are tons of ways to make beer cheese dip, but I went with the simplest, most beer filled dip I could find.

This one is simple – just beer and two types of cheese: cream cheese for smoothness and extra sharp cheddar for a nice bite to balance out the beer.

After all, what’s the point I you can’t even tell if there’s beer in the beer cheese dip?

In fact, this dip is so perfect, that one of our guests said, “This is a very beery beer cheese dip!  Awesome!”


It’s a home run.  Serve this with a double batch of homemade soft pretzels and you have a great game night app!

Recipe Note:
-For smoother dip, buy a chunk of cheese and shred it yourself.  Pre-shredded cheeses may contain anti-clumping agents that can make dip slightly gritty.

Beer Cheese Dip
Adapted from A Spicy Perspective

1 (12 oz) bottle light or amber beer (I used Fat Tire)
8 oz cream cheese, cut in cubes
16 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Heat the beer in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Whisk in the cheeses until the dip is smooth.  Or get distracted and let your cream cheese get lumpy, like I did.  Either way, enjoy this boozy dip with fresh pretzels!

Beer Cheese Dip


Beer Cheese Dip is perfect with soft pretzels for game day or late night snacks!

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Yield: 20

1 (12 oz) bottle beer
8 oz cream cheese
16 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese


  1. I love game nights. And I would love to dunk one of those homemade pretzels into your beer dip.

  2. Mine had a weird texture??? Used new belgium...shredded my own cheese (helluva good sharp block)..and reg cream cheese...what dis I do arong?

  3. I made this last night for my husband's birthday party. And it was a hit! Everyone kept complimenting it and saying how you could actually taste the beer. Thank you for a great recipe. Definitely a keeper.


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