How to Make Quick & Easy Beer Cheese Dip for Your Next Party

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There is nothing quite like cooking with beer and I’m about to share with you my favorite dip you can prepare for your next dinner party (or eat for yourself – no judgments here!). My quick and easy beer cheese dip will delight anyone who, like me, is a fan of cheese. 

I’ve often felt that dips are among the most delightful aspects of any appetizer spread at a party. I enjoy preparing dips because you can prepare a handful of different flavors and combinations that are sure to hit a wide variety of tastes. 

I love how this beer cheese dip coats your crackers extremely well!

Dips are also great because they are quite easy to throw together in a hurry. This dip in particular will take you about 20 minutes to complete, and it does not require any materials beyond a saucepan, spoon, and a cheese shredder.

You also don’t need to reinvent the wheel for finger foods you serve with your dips. Crackers go with almost any dip, as do pretzels and vegetables! All you need is a pile of vegetables and several dips and you have a perfect appetizer with minimal preparation.

Are you ready to get started? Let’s get going!!

You won't need a lot of ingredients to make this dip and some of them you may just already have sitting around in your pantry!

Types of Beer To Consider Using

Different beers will provide different flavor profiles you’ll want to consider using. Dark beers will provide a much deeper flavor than a light beer. You can also choose to use non-alcoholic beer as well.

My favorite is if you have a beer that you aren’t fond of drinking, rather than pouring it out, you can use that beer in a recipe like this one! 

For this post, I used the Terrace Mountain IPA by Okanagan Springs, which gave the dip a nice flavor profile.

Cheeses To Use

No matter what types of cheese you wind up using, I recommend buying a block of cheese rather than the pre-shredded type as the pre-shredded packages sometimes contain ingredients that make it hard to melt that cheese.

If you have an electric food processor or chopper, shredding that cheese is going to be super simple!

  • Brie: this cheese is delicious and melts like a dream.
  • Medium Cheddar: 
  • Havarti: I’ll be honest, I just like the flavor of it.

You can pick any cheese you’re fond of for this dip, though I recommend a little research into picking options that melt nicely. Other good options include swiss, colby and Monterey jack.

Start With a Roux

I like to cut up the butter into smaller chunks as it melts a bit quicker, but this is what your roux looks like right at the beginning!

A “roux” is one part fat, one part flour. So we’re going to use flour and butter together with your spices to create the base of your dip. You also can experiment with different spices here, but I still recommend selecting options you enjoy the flavor of.

For this recipe, I used garlic and onion powder and a hint of cayenne pepper for a bit of a kick.

Once the flour and butter combine and smooth out, your roux is ready and you can continue with your recipe!

After the Roux comes the Cream & Beer

Once you have a lovely roux, the butter and flour should be smooth. It’s time to stir in your cream and beer gradually. Your sauce will start off runny and that’s okay, just so long as you make sure it smoothes out with each addition.

As you continue to cook your dip on the stove after adding the milk and beer, it will start to thicken and begin to bubble oh so slightly!

Once you add your beer and cream, it’s time to stir in the Worcestershire sauce and a bit of dijon mustard. Continue to cook over medium heat until the sauce bubbles and thickens.

It’s Cheese Time

As you add the cheese in, it should start the melt, it's okay to see fleck of cheese for a little bit though. Once those disappear your dip is ready!

Once you reduce the heat to low, you can start adding in your cheese. Continue cooking the mixture until it’s all melted together.

What to Serve With Your Beer Cheese Dip

Once the cheese has melted fully, your beer cheese dip is ready to serve! I chose to serve mine with some crackers!

This list is not exhaustive, but some general ideas that pair well with your delicious beer cheese dip are:

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Quick & Easy Beer Cheese Dip

This dip is delicious when served warm and pairs nicely with pretzels, crackers or vegetables!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword beer, beer cheese dip, cheese, cheese dip
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 180 kcal
Author Katherine


  • 1/4 Cup Butter (Salted or Unsalted)
  • 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Cup Cream (Half & Half Works Great!)
  • 2/3 Cup Beer (Okanagan Springs Terrace Mountain IPA, for example)
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1 Cup Shredded Havarti
  • 1 Cup Shredded Medium Cheddar
  • 1 Cup Brie (Sliced)


  1. Combine the butter, flour, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper into a medium sauce pan. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute or until the mixture is smooth.

  2. Combine the cream and beer gradually to the saucepan, stirring frequently as you do so.

  3. Add the dijon mustard and worcestershire sauce and continue to cook over medium heat for another five minutes or until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble.

  4. Reduce heat to low and add the cheeses in. Continue to cook until the mixture has melted and is smooth.

  5. Serve warm with a selection of pretzels, crackers, tortilla chips or vegetables.

Recipe Notes

For the smoothest dip possible, do not buy shredded cheese as they sometimes contain ingredients that keep them from melting smoothly.

You can keep the mixture warm on a fondue pot or mini crockpot if required.

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