Cook ground pork sausage in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain and remove sausage from pan.
Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat; add onion and garlic, and sauté until tender.
Add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Gradually add milk, stirring until thickened. Add cheese, stirring until melted. Remove from heat; stir in sausage, beer, and next 3 ingredients. Transfer to a fondue pot or slow cooker; keep warm on LOW. Serve with cubed French bread or sliced pears.
*Nonalcoholic beer may be substituted for regular beer.
After reading the other reviews, I decided I would "doctor" on the recipe as I made it. I substituted sharp cheddar cheese, used high-quality sausage and loosely followed the directions. The end result was "okay" even after I tried adding a few spices. There was a strange after taste that I couldn't completely disguise. Maybe from the beer I used? Had I followed the directions exactly, I probably wouldn't have served it.
I have made this receipe a few times and I always have a great reaction from guests, family & friends. As a vegetarian, I omit the sausage and I make sure to use a brown or dark beer. Also, I add more garlic and onions. Served with bread or green apples, it is delish!
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