Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip


Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip
I posted this recipe way back in the early days of blogging.  The original pictures were not pretty and did not do the dip justice.  I recently re-made the dip, so I figured why not update the post!  Hopefully this time around a few more people will see this, and be able to get in on the deliciousness!
Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

Do you think you an ever go wrong with something that has cheese, bacon, and beer in it?  Most likely not!  Now that weekends are full of football, this is the perfect recipe to have one hand.  You can make this dip and have it in the crock pot for munching on all day long.  I served mine with little soft pretzel bites, but tortilla chips, veggies, or crackers would be perfect.  Or you could just use it as a sauce to pour over your hotdog or burger.

Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

Feel free to use your favorite beer in this recipe.  Just know that the word Ale is in the title for a reason.  You want to use something that is full bodied, and can stand up to the cheese.   Light beers tend to get lost, and don’t really add much to the dip.  If you have leftovers, it reheats well.  I sometimes add just a little milk to thin it out when reheating.

Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

Yields 10

Warm cheddar dipping sauce with bacon and beer!

15 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 3 tablespoons Flour
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle amber ale
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (I used Siracha)
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. In large pan over medium heat, cook bacon until browned and crispy. Remove from pan, and place on paper towels. Leave a couple tablespoons of bacon fat behind. Stir in flour, and cook for about 1 minute.
  2. Whisk in beer. Cook until it starts to thicken, stirring occasionally. Whisk in mustard. Turn heat down to low. Mix in cream cheese. Add cheddar cheese a handful at a time. Stir until cheeses are melted and dip is hot. Mix in salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste.
  3. Fold in about 3/4 of the bacon. Use the rest for garnish.
  4. Place in crock pot to keep warm for a party. Or place in fridge and reheat at the time for serving.


Adapted from Cabot Cheese



  1. That combined with pretzel bites is dangerous!

  2. No, you can definitely NOT go wrong with cheese, beer, and bacon! This looks perfect for an afternoon of football watching!

  3. What a perfect fall dip, I love the side of pretzel bites!

  4. Oh man, I can just see myself hogging this entire thing on a football Sunday! The tiny soft pretzels are where it’s at.

  5. I definitely want to get in on this!

  6. What a perfect dip for the Fall season, love the pretzel bites. I have a number of recipes from when I began blogging and the photos are not too good and I’ve slowly been doing what you did here re-taking the photos. Hope your weekend is wonderful!

  7. This looks so great, especially with those little pretzel bites!

  8. WOW this is a perfect dip for the fall season. I would have a hard time stopping myself from overloading. Smile.

  9. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Bacon, ale and cheddar in fabulous dip? Oh boy, I could get in trouble with a bowl of this. :)

  10. I’ve been dying to make more cheesy dips, and this one looks ultra fabulous!!!

  11. This started out great- wonderful idea, who doesn’t love beer, bacon, cheese, etc.- only the instructions are a bit off. You don’t mention what to do with the hot sauce, pepper, and salt, as well as what to do with all that bacon I cooked. It says to dice it up, but the last step of making this is the shredded cheese. It was simple enough to figure out on my own but there was the panic of “What do I do?” when making it right before an event. It also took about twice as long to make it. Everyone says they loved it but I’m not sure if it was worth the stress.

    • Sorry those instructions were missed. The recipe was recently updated, and those were not added back in. I have taken care making sure it is now correct, thanks for letting me know. Glad to hear that everyone loved it.

  12. I almost made a terrible mistake by making just a cheddar ale dip. With bacon, the trifecta is complete. Thank you for posting this! I adapted the recipe (very slightly) on my post with real rye pretzel bites, and the combo was to die for. I love your blog!


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