Beer Cheese Dip

Beer Cheese Dip is a fun and flavorful dip to serve as an appetizer or starter at a party! Sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, some spices, horseradish, bacon, scallions, and or course beer make up this mouth watering pub cheese!

Easy Pub Cheese Recipe is a spreadable, zesty, no-cook appetizer in 5 just minutes! Serve with soft pretzels, carrot or celery sticks or chips! #pubcheese #nocookappetizers

Beer Cheese Dip is an easy no-cook appetizer that only takes 15 minutes to make! This spreadable, zesty pub cheese spread is great for serving with soft pretzels, crackers, carrots, celery sticks or chips! Serve this cheese spread at a party or get together with family and friends!

Beer Cheese Dip! One of my favorite things about going to a pub or brewery is the pub cheese. I like the Beer Cheese Dip, but I also LOVE the soft pretzels. Soft pretzels are my weakness. This recipe is a zesty, no cook recipe that is perfect for any party year round.

If you’ve been to the gourmet cheese section at your grocery store, I’m sure you’ve seen tubs of overpriced pub cheese. Usually flavored with beer or wine, the whole concept of pub cheese was developed in England by pubs that didn’t serve whole meals, but wanted something extra with their pretzels and chips that was cheap and easy.

The origins of pub cheese make it laughable that it is now considered gourmet and so darn expensive. Pub cheese gets most of its flavor from the alcohol and cheese selections, so choose wisely.

Easy Pub Cheese Recipe is a spreadable, zesty, no-cook appetizer in 5 just minutes! Serve with soft pretzels, carrot or celery sticks or chips! #pubcheese #nocookappetizers

Although I usually prefer to sip on a light beer, I use something with more body and flavor for cooking. If you are serving to children or pregnant woman, you can simmer the beer prior to adding to burn off alcohol or just substitute with water. Allow to cool before combining into mixture.

If you prefer to not use alcohol at all, you can substitute water, but be mindful this will directly impact the flavor, so you may want to add more horseradish or other spices.

Although cheddar is the standard, you can also change the flavor by using a different type of cheese, even flavored cheese like a horseradish cheddar or another artisan blend.

Easy Pub Cheese Recipe is a spreadable, zesty, no-cook appetizer in 5 just minutes! Serve with soft pretzels, carrot or celery sticks or chips! #pubcheese #nocookappetizers

Serve your Beer Cheese Dip with hard pretzels, soft pretzel bites, chips, crackers, celery or carrot sticks or with a fresh baguette. You can even make things a little fancier by serving in ramekins for individual appetizers.

Beer Cheese Dip Video:

If you liked this beer cheese pretzel dip, check out these other easy party dip recipes:

Tools for making Beer Cheese Dip:

  • Ramekins– I like giving folks their own individual sauce cups. Then you don’t have to worry about double dipping! Ramekins are also great for ingredient preparation and baking mini soufflés.
  • Mini Food Processor– I use this thing daily! It is by far my most used kitchen appliance, it is small and I throw all the parts into the dishwasher, well except the base and cord, of course!
5 from 2 votes
Beer Cheese Dip
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Beer Cheese Dip is a pub cheese spread for serving with pretzels or crackers. Easy to make with no cooking! Make ahead dip for parties. 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer cheese dip, pub cheese spread
Servings: 6
Calories: 249 kcal
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese , shredded
  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 1/2 cup beer , optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-3 tablespoon(s) prepared horseradish*
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley , minced
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • bacon , for garnish
  • scallions , for garnish
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until blended. Mixture may have some small lumps.
  2. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

Use prepared horseradish or a horseradish sauce, it depends on the flavor you desire.

Nutrition Facts
Beer Cheese Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 686mg 29%
Potassium 79mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 18.3%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 24.1%
Iron 2.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



Good flavor, but ended up like cold soup!
Not a spread consistency.
I followed the recipe correctly and was so dumbfounded as to why it didn’t turn out thick and creamy.
Way less beer might have helped.
Cooking it did seem to help thicken it and it was yummy warm.
Never will use this recipe again though.

    Savory Experiments

    I’m sorry to hear this recipe didn’t work out for you. I make it quite frequently and have never had any issues. Maybe the cheese you used with a high moisture?


Can you forgo the beer altogether? What would be a substitute?

    Techie TEch

    Hi Mary! I’d just use water or even white wine, white cooking wine….

    Savory Experiments

    Hi Mary! I’d just use water or even white wine, white cooking wine….

Sarina & Dana

Followed this recipe to a T and it turned out incredible! I was skeptical about the amount of beer used as I didn’t want the dip to be runny, but it wasn’t a problem after all! Very creamy and flavorful on crackers. Definitely give this recipe a try if you own a food processer!


Looks so easy and delicious for any party! Nettie

Femke - Desired Cooking

Mmm mustard and cream cheese. What a treat 🙂

KC the Kitchen Chopper

Cheese will get my vote, every time. YUM. I hope you’ll share this tonight at #theWeekendSocial. Starting 9:00 PM EST.

Heidy L. McCallum@ The McCallum's Shamrock Patch

Easy Pub Cheese sounds awesome and I love how simple and easy it looks to make!


I love these spread cheeses we enjoy in pubs or as an appetizer in restaurants. I am bookmarking this easy pub cheese to make it for my friends!

Nicole Neverman

Oh wow!! This sounds so super delicious!! I have never heard of or tried anything like this. I think I have really been missing out!


This sounds completely awesome! I can’t wait to make it this weekend for our football party! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!


That looks so yummy!! I am going to have to make it.

Barbie's Beauty Bits

Yum, I am going to make this. Anything that goes with beer or made with a great beer is up my alley!


This looks so yummy! I want to make this right now. I always love finding new recipes for delicious dips and spreads.

Patty Haxton Anderson

This does sound delicious and I might try this at my holiday party. Thanks for the recipe.


This sounds and looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing it, def will give it a try for our next get together 🙂

Janel (A Mom's Take)

I’d make this for a holiday party or for Thanksgiving. Looks good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


we do spreadable cheese but i never knew of the origins!! that’s funny!! we also do one with crab meat. HUGE hit


That looks yummy!!! 🙂 I should make this for my husband. He would love it!

April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition

I’ve never heard of pub cheese before but I like cheese and like beer so I’m sure I’d love this! I’m going to make this later this week!

Chrystal @ YUM eating

I make a cheese dip for pretzels similar to this and use Guinness. It’s always a party fave.

aimee fauci

I’ve never had this dip and it looks fantastic! I will have to mark it and make it.. looks really good.

Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

Sounds good I will have to try making this for the next game night viewing party!


I’ve never had pub cheese before. I have to say though, this sounds like a simple recipe and actually pretty darn tasty.

Ben @ Sweeptight

Oh yeah! I LOVE cheese spreads like this. You can’t beat cheddar and horseradish.


This sounds delicious. I can see this with some pretzels and a great football game on the big screen.

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