Pub Cheese or Beer Cheese Dip

I think I’ve been in kind of a dream here at my folk’s in South Dakota. The weather has (for the most part) been super mild. Beautiful. Not even sweater weather. I could almost be in denial! But there’s no denying other fall signals. Leaves, for one. Sporting events for another. And that means Beer & Cheese. And Beer Cheese?! Yes, Beer Cheese Dip or “Pub Cheese” if you’re into fancy names.

Pub Cheese (Beer Cheese Dip)
Pub Cheese (Beer Cheese Dip)

Pub Cheese is so ridiculously good and so ridiculously easy, you’ll want to make it all the time. Get yourself some good cheese for this – a good sharp cheddar is best, and sacrifice about a half cup of your favorite beer. It’ll be worth it, I promise. Do watch for great sales on beer around any holiday and stock up. There are huge markdowns…maybe get email updates from your favorite shop.

As far as the beer goes, keep in mind that the darker, stronger beers will hijack the flavor of the dip, so you might want to choose something light and make sure you like the beer because you’ll taste it in this dip. I’m not naming names here, but my photos show a couple of beers I like in this dip. Of course, you can always go with an Irish beer instead.

And then put in all kinds of fun stuff! I like the combo, in my recipe, and I go heavy on the cayenne. About 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon. I like a little tingle in the back of the throat that says, “Hey, I’m here!” I also love horseradish, so had to have it. (When I was pregnant with my son I’d eat horseradish right out of the jar!) I love the bite mustard powder gives this dip. Anytime I use dry mustard, people are like, “What’s IN this?” And mustard powder’s always in my Top Secret Super Stealth Arsenal of Ingredients.

Pub Cheese (Beer Cheese Dip)
Pub Cheese (Beer Cheese Dip)

You can add jalapeno or other peppers –  I have so been meaning to try a little Chipotle in my Pub Cheese but just haven’t gotten around to it. You can use Dijon or a grainy mustard. Garlic can go in your Beer Cheese Dip, too, but I’d prefer to use a powder coz fresh can taste really raw and strong. Or you can keep your dip very mild and let that Cheesy Beer goodness shine on its own.

When you first taste Pub Cheese? You might think I’m nuts – but set it aside in the fridge and let those flavors get all comfy together for at least 20 minutes and then try it again…oh yeaaa. Then you’ll “get” it. I can’t stop eating it, and I bet you won’t be able to either. (It does become firmer in the fridge, btw, so keep that in mind as you make it.)

Serve your Pub Cheese with Crackers as a spread, or add a little more beer and serve it as a wonderful dip with soft or hard pretzels (maybe my Soft Pretzels), pita chips, veggies or apples. Gently heat in the microwave on half power and keep stirring about every 30 seconds or so for a warm dip. Oh gosh, is it good!

Pub Cheese (Beer Cheese Dip)
Pub Cheese (Beer Cheese Dip)

Pub Cheese

  • Servings: abt 2 cups
  • Time: 10 min + rest
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 8 ounces of good Cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • about 1/2 cup beer (hold out about two tablespoons and then add if it needs to be creamier, or add even more if you’d like it to be more a dip than a spread)
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white Worcestershire
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons horseradish
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (add to taste after everything is mixed)

Process all ingredients in a food processor, stopping once or twice to scrape the bottom and sides. Process for two or three minutes until dip is very smooth and creamy.

Rest for about 20 minutes in the fridge to blend flavors before serving. Dip will firm up with refrigeration, so if you refrigerate longer, take it out ahead of time so it’s spreadable.

Keeps for about a week. Freezes well.

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I’ll be sharing this recipe on our very own Throwback Thursday Link Party as well as on Fiesta Friday. The co-hosts are Margy @ La Petite Casserole and Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen. It wouldn’t be Saturday without linking up at Saucy Saturdays blog hop!

25 thoughts on “Pub Cheese or Beer Cheese Dip”

      1. Fun! Sometimes those old recipes are the best–all that delicious nostalgia. Are you starting to get ready for Christmas?? I did a little talk to a young mom’s group about “Christmas on a Budget” this week and it got me thinking about getting ready for Christmas here! Happy Cheese Ball! xox

        1. lol! I was in a store today and saw all kinds of Christmas things, including poinsettias. I don’t think I could keep one alive and blooming for that long! I came across a recipe in my Grandmother’s blog for my Great Grandmother’s fruit cake – It’s quite a bit different than the fruitcakes I’ve seen or heard of before, so I’m planning on making that. 🙂

              1. Yes! would love to see that recipe– I though you had a pretty progressive grandmother to be blogging! But my mom is 85 and the Facebook whiz of the family– she never lets anything go uncommented upon! Did you grandmother immigrate from Ireland? Would be interesting to know her story… hugs!

        2. I forgot to mention I would have LOVED to have heard your talk! Really, if you don’t get too sidetracked with a lot of the “fancy” extra ingredients, turkeys (and hams) are soooo cheap that T-day doesn’t have to buy hugely expensive. Mashed potatoes, dirt cheap, but then we always put extra butter & a little cream in it…

          Maybe you’d like to do a guest post based on your talk for my blog?

          I’d love to hear your ideas! Interested?

          1. I could do that– but it was really mostly about Christmas– decorating, gifts, entertaining… and how to budget time and money in the process. But I yammered on for an hour– more than you want to know! …

    1. Thanks! I love my little crocks and look for them in 2nd hand and antique stores…I hope no-one comes thinking it’s a kaukauna klub copycat recipe! But maybe that would be a good recipe to make, too! 🙂

  1. I am definitely going to try this. Since leaving Canada for the UK, one of the foods I’ve missed is Imperial Cheddar spread. I’m hoping beer cheese might scratch that itch!

    1. I meant to reply earlier but had to look up Imperial Cheddar spread and then got all sidetracked, lol!! I think this might be a bit sharper with the beer but that spread sounds wonderful, too! I hope you like it!

      Mollie

  2. Your recipes are crazy good Mollie! I have really been wanting to make a beer cheese soup. The Rouge Ale Brewery in Newport, Oregon makes a killer one that I almost always order when we are on vacay at our RV property near there.

    1. I haven’t had a really great beer cheese soup while out in a long, long time! I just love the name Rogue Ale Brewery – that alone is about enough to sell me on it! I get a little afraid to order cheese soup sometimes coz you never know if it’s going to be a serious one or a velveeta concoction. Well, who am I fooling – I’ve never left any cheese soup behind, now that I think about it!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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