Beer Cheese Dip

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Beer Cheese Dip – Warm cheddar cheese dip made with plenty of bacon and beer! Great for dipping soft pretzels, chips or just about anything!

What do you think of when you think of cheese dip?  For me, the first thing that comes to mind is soft pretzels. That seems kind of strange, but it is my favorite thing to dip in a beer cheese dip.

And the best part, this beer cheese dip recipe is super easy to make!  You can have it ready in no time.  And if you leave out the bacon you can have it ready in no time.  So it is the perfect game day or party dip.

beer cheese dip in a bowl with pretzel bites

 

Beer Cheese Dip

You really can’t go wrong with anything when it involves cheese, bacon, and beer! This is the ultimate cheese dip for any get together. If you have having a game day party or even need a holiday appetizer, this is going to disappear in just seconds.

This was one of the first recipes I shared when I started blogging in 2011, and it is still a must make for us 12+ years later! So darn easy to, so anyone can make it!

What You’ll Need

  • Bacon
  • Flour
  • Amber Ale
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
beer cheese dip in a bowl with pretzel bites

How To Make Bacon Cheese Dip

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  1. In large pan over medium heat, cook bacon until browned and crispy. Remove from pan, and place on paper towels to drain.
  2. Leave a couple tablespoons of bacon fat in the pan. Stir in flour, and cook for about 1 minute until the flour is completely blended.
  3. Whisk in beer, and cook until it starts to thicken, stirring occasionally.
  4. Whisk in mustard.
  5. 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.
  6. Mix in salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste.
  7. Fold in about 3/4 of the bacon. Use the rest for garnish.
bowl of beer cheese dip

Recipe Tips

  • Use good quality cheese.  You will want a block of cheese, not the shredded stuff.  It will melt better and make for a creamier more delicious dip.
  • Pick beer you enjoy drinking. This beer cheese dip doesn’t taste like beer, but you do get the flavor in the background. So pick on you like drinking.  This is the time to break out the good stuff. Save the light beer for something else.
  • Use a good pan. Make sure you have a heavy duty pot or pan when making this. If you use a thin pan, it will not heat evenly, and you could end up with burnt cheese. And no one wants that!
  • Use a whisk. You may be tempted to break out the spatula when you are mixing in the cheese, but a whisk lets you get the sauce nice and smooth and creamy!
  • If you want to make this for a party, you can keep it warm in a crockpot, but you want to make sure it is warm and melty when you serve it.
beer cheese dip in a small bowl

Cheese Dip Storage

If you have leftovers you can store this in an airtight container in the fridge. You will want to reheat over a medium low heat in a saucepan. You may need to add a splash of milk to thin it out.

How To Serve Beer Cheese Dip

This dip really goes with just about anything!

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4.77 from 17 votes

Beer Cheese Dip

By Erin
Beer Cheese Dip – Warm cheddar cheese dip made with plenty of bacon and beer! Great for dipping soft pretzels, chips or just about anything!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • In large pan over medium heat, cook bacon until browned and crispy. Remove from pan, and place on paper towels to drain.
  • Leave a couple tablespoons of bacon fat in the pan. Stir in flour, and cook for about 1 minute until the flour is completely blended.
  • Whisk in beer, and 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.
  • Fold in about 3/4 of the bacon. Use the rest for garnish.
  • Serve immediately or keep warm in a crockpot.

Notes

Adapted from Cabot Cheese

Nutrition

Serving: 10Servings | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 537mg | Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 283
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39 Comments

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

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

  3. 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!

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