This Beer Cheese Dip is a cheesy dip that is perfect for tailgates, holiday appetizers or just a great party dip. It is quick to make (only 15 minutes tops!) The perfect party food appetizer for dipping pretzels, carrots, broccoli, tortillas, bread, and more!

Beer Cheese Dip Recipe
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Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

We are always looking for new party food ideas and this Beer Cheese Dip is one of our all-time favorites.

It is the perfect game day recipe to serve at our Super Bowl party or tailgates. You can use for your favorite beer and your favorite cheese or use our suggestions.

Free to get creative and spice it up with some hot sauce – it is delicious!

Why We Love This Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

  • Easy appetizer recipe
  • Ready in 15 minutes or less
  • Pub-style cheese dip – perfect with our Homemade Soft Pretzels
  • Perfect appetizer for tailgates, parties or even as a fondue
  • Only 6-ingredients needed
Beer Cheese Dip pretzel


  • Your favorite beer (I used Sam Adams Boston Lager)
  • Cream cheese
  • Extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • Monterey jack cheese
  • Garlic salt
  • Paprika
  • Bacon crumbles, for garnish
  • Shredded cheese, for garnish


Pro-Tip: Shred your cheese from a block of cheese. The pre-shredded packaged cheeses will save you time, but you will sacrifice in quality!

How to Make Pub Style Beer Cheese Dip

  1. Place the cream cheese and beer to your pan. Over medium heat melt cream cheese together with beer. Whisk together until well combined. 
  2. When cream cheese is completely melted, add garlic salt, paprika, extra sharp cheddar, and Monterey jack cheeses, stirring continuously until cheese is melted and all ingredients are combined. 
  3. Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with additional shredded cheese bacon crumbles if desired. 
  4. Serve with pretzels, veggies or bread for dipping.
  5. If you want to keep the dip warm throughout your party, you can transfer the dip to a small crockpot and keep it on low heat or even on the warm setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Beer Cheese Dip Have Alcohol?

Technically you use beer in the beer cheese dip, however, the alcohol cooks out of the cheese dip and you cannot get intoxicated from eating beer cheese dip! On the off chance that not all of the alcohol cooks out, there is not enough alcohol to get you even the least bit drunk.

What Can You Dip in Beer Cheese Dip?

There are no limits to what you can serve with your dip! We love everything from soft homemade pretzels, tortillas, carrots, cauliflower, celery, bread. The possibilities are seriously endless.

Is Beer Cheese Dip served warm or cold?

Traditionally beer cheese dip is served cold, but honestly, we prefer it warm. However you choose to serve it, you cannot go wrong!

What type of beer should be used in a beer cheese dip?

Whatever type of beer you prefer will work in this cheese dip. Dark beers, light beers, even non-alcoholic beers will work perfectly.

Can beer cheese dip be made in advance?

Yes, you can prepare this dip in advance. Just let cool and place in a covered bowl in the refrigerator. When you are ready to serve (if you want to serve it warm), just warm it up over low heat on the stove top. You may need to add a tiny bit of milk if it is too thick.

Beer Cheese Dip Recipe pouring beer

How to Make a Bread Bowl

One of our favorite things to do with our cheese dip is to hollow out bread and make a bread bowl! The presentation is amazing!

  1. Just grab a round loaf of bread (about 1 pounder)
  2. Cut about a 1 1/2 inch circle slice off of the top and set aside.
  3. Hollow our the inside of the bread leaving a thick crust.
  4. Pour dip into the inside of the bread bowl and use the hollowed out pieces to dip.
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4.69 from 57 votes
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Beer Cheese Dip

Serves — 8
Beer Cheese Dip is a super easy and delicious dip to make for any occasion. Ony 15 minutes to make and 6-ingredients needed!
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  • 12 oz beer Use your favorite, I used Sam Adams Boston Lager
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 oz Monterey jack cheese shredded
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • Bacon crumbles for garnish
  • Shredded cheese for garnish


  • Add cream cheese and beer to pan.
  • Over medium heat melt cream cheese together with beer. Whisk together until well combined.
  • When cream cheese is completely melted, add garlic salt, paprika, extra sharp cheddar, and Monterey jack cheeses, stirring continuously until cheese is melted and all ingredients are combined.
  • Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with additional shredded cheese bacon crumbles if desired.
  • Serve warm with pretzels, veggies or bread for dipping.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 566mg | Potassium: 101mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 920IU | Calcium: 445mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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Originally Posted January 25, 2019

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  1. Does this cheese dip freeze well? Made it for a party with too much leftover and I don’t want it to go to waste.

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe! Served for my Game Night and the entire group praised this cheese dip. I was hosting an Oktoberfest party and used a Festbier German beer purchased at the AVC store. Definitely a keeper recipe!

  3. 3 stars
    Flavor gets it 3 stars, but like someone else commented, Following Written instructions to a tee, it was RUNNY. I think 12-oz beer too much. I ended up adding an additional 8oz mont jack and 8oz cheddar. 32 oz cheese total, that’s a tad much!! And, it was still on the runny side. I added more paprika & garlic salt. Flavor good, but not thick enough. I did use name-brand cheeses & grated the cheese myself, so thinking the liquid volume to begin with was too much.

    1. 4 stars
      Wanted to add to my earlier review, that this thickened up when COOLED. As warm, it was too runny, but when it got closer to room temp, it was definitely thicker – like the video. Everyone really liked it, but since I added so much cheese to thicken it, lost some of the beer taste. I will definitely hold on to this recipe, just will tweak it next time.

  4. Have you ever made it ahead of time and re-heated?? And if so, does it turn out that way? Traveling to a party and I might not have access to a stove or microwave but could reheat in my crockpot

    1. Hey Jolene – I haven’t tried reheating it, but I would think it would be fine. Just chill it until you are ready to use and then heat it covered on medium in the microwave (stirring frequently) until the temp that you are looking for.

  5. 2 stars
    Mine come out runny. Written instructions shows to use 12oz of beer but video shows 8oz….maybe that’s why?

  6. 5 stars
    Beer cheese dip is one of my favorite party appetizers! I always forget about making it at home, though! Thanks for this easy recipe – I can’t wait to try it!