Cooking with Beer

Beer Cheese

The perfect way to use that can of beer you thought you wanted at midnight, but left open on the coffee table while you fell asleep on the couch. Great for big parties or parties of one. 

southern beer cheese

About this recipe

Dips bring all kinds of kinds together. Cheese dips do that and more. This Beer Cheese will serve up to ten people, but will likely serve no more than 4. It’s that good, y’all. Nothing says The South more than cheese, beer, and hot sauce. Make this dip and boom! Everyone’s your friend.

Recipe by Amelia Rampe at Bon Appétit.

southern beer cheese


  • 8 oz. grated mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 cloves grated garlic
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp. Colman’s mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce (as hot as you want!)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 oz. flat brown ale (amber ales also work well!)
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped chives

Get Cooking

Step 1

Pulse the cheese and garlic in a food processor until it's all chopped up. Add your Worchesthire, mustard powder, hot sauce (our faves are Frank's or Crystal), cayenne pepper, and salt. Pulse that combo until it's well combined and starts to clump together. With the motor still running, add your beer in super slow and keep on keeping on until the mixture is somewhat smooth.

Step 2

Transfer mixture to a serving bowl and stir to cohesively combine. Top it with some of those chives.

Step 3

Serve with style. Go casual with chips, or go big with crudités and fancy crackers. Either way, it's a win.

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