Spicy Beer Cheese Dip

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Spicy Beer Cheese Dip is the ultimate dip for all your snacking adventures. Use this for dipping pretzel bites, chips, and you can even drizzle it on nachos. So delicious!

Side shot of a hand dipping a pretzel bite into a square white bowl of spicy beer cheese dip, on a white background.

After a cooking demo with my youngest son and his girlfriend over Spring Break (you know, when they couldn’t go anywhere!), I developed an easy but SUPER TASTY and addicting recipe for pretzel bites. Bread baking (with yeast) is kinda my thing, thanks to Norma Jean, so I love adapting recipes and putting my spin on yeast-y things.

But I soon decided it was time to make a beer dip to go with the pretzel bites. I knew it had to be ALL the things.

  • Thick and creamy – It gets creamier the longer it sits, but who can wait?
  • Moderately spicy – Think medium salsa level spicy or just a tick spicier.
  • Not too strong tasting – Choose a beer that’s up your alley.
Overhead shot of a square white bowl of spicy beer cheese dip, with pretzel bites next to it.

Ingredients needed for Spicy Beer Cheese Dip:

  • Butter – Any butter will work here.
  • Flour – Use all-purpose flour, for best results.
  • Beer – I used Sam Adams beer, but really anything you like to drink should be fine.
  • Milk – Whole milk is recommended to get a nice thick consistency.
  • Mustard – Dijon mustard for great flavor.
  • Hot Sauce – Optional ingredient, but really enhances the spiciness!
  • Worcestershire – Just a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce.
  • Seasonings – Garlic powder, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a bit of smoked paprika to serve.
  • Cheese – I went with 1 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup of pepper jack cheese. Use a box grater and blocks of cheese so that your cheese actually melts! (No pre-shredded cheese, if possible.)
Side shot of a tan board of freshly shredded cheese, next to blocks of cheese.

How to make Spicy Beer Cheese Dip:

This is a 15-20 minute recipe. Easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Create roux. In a medium saucepan, heat pan over medium heat. Add butter and melt, and then add flour, using a wire whisk to incorporate. Whisk constantly for a couple of minutes to cook out the flour taste.
  2. Add liquid. Add beer and milk, and turn up heat to a boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer, bubbling slightly, until it’s thickened.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Then add in the dijon mustard, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, all the seasonings, and both types of cheese. Stir until the cheese is completely melted.
  4. Serve. To serve, add a few more drips of hot sauce and a sprinkle of smoked paprika. Goes GREAT with my Homemade Pretzel Bites!

You can easily heat up leftovers (if there is anything left!) in the microwave. Enjoy!

Overhead shot of a pan of spicy beer cheese dip, with a wire whisk inside it.

Other dips for you to enjoy:

Overhead shot of a square white bowl of spicy beer cheese dip, with hot sauce and paprika sprinkles on top.

Kitchen Tools used for this recipe:

Make this cheesy dip next: Creamy Jalapeño Queso

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xoxo ~Sue

A hand dipping a pretzel dip in the cheese dip.

Spicy Beer Cheese Dip

Spicy Beer Cheese Dip is the ultimate dip for all your snacking adventures. Use this for dipping pretzel bites, chips, and you can even drizzle it on nachos. So delicious!
4.41 from 5 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup beer – I used Sam Adams
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly-shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly-shredded pepperjack cheese
  • smoked paprika – to serve

Instructions

  • Heat medium saucepan to medium heat. Add butter, and when melted, add flour. Use a whisk to incorporate the flour, whisking constantly for a couple of minutes. Add the beer and milk, and turn up heat until boiling. Then reduce to a simmer, and whisk until it's thickened.
  • Then add the remaining ingredients – the mustard, hot sauce, Worcestershire, the seasonings, and both types of cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve with a few more drips of hot sauce and a sprinkle of smoked paprika.

Notes

Enjoy this dip with my Homemade Pretzel Bites!

Nutrition

Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 433IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 Comments

  1. Hi!! I’m super looking forward to making this. Do you have any recommendations for what type of hot sauce? I can only think of something like Frank’s Red Hot or Tobasco but those sound scary to me without knowing how the flavor ultimately turns out. Thanks in advance!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You can use either one of those, and just taste as you go. It’s really not too spicy!

  2. Love it! Spicy. Beer. Cheese. Dip. Repeat.

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