William Dickey
Prep Time
15 Mins
Chill Time
2 Hours
Makes 5 cups

Serve this spicy beer-cheese spread with crackers for a tasty game-day appetizer, or spread on buttered bread and cook in a nonstick skillet for a twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat together first 5 ingredients at low speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until blended. Gradually add beer, beating until blended after each addition. Beat at medium-high speed 1 minute or until blended and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill 2 hours. Garnish, if desired. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Step 2

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Abita Amber Beer. This spread can be frozen up to 1 month; thaw overnight in refrigerator.

Step 3

Grilled Beer-Cheese Sandwich: Spread 1 tsp. softened butter evenly on 1 side of 2 bread slices. Place bread slices, buttered sides down, on wax paper. Spread 1/4 cup Beer-Cheese Spread onto 1 side of 1 bread slice. Top with remaining bread slice, buttered side up. Cook sandwich in a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese is melted.

Chef's Notes

This recipe makes a lot, but it can be frozen for up to a month. It fits perfectly into 4 (10-oz.) ramekins. Try it over French fries, hot dogs, and chili too.


Ratings & Reviews

anacristina's Review

March 19, 2014
Oh, stop kvetching! Y'all probably didn't beat it or chill it long enough. Yeah, it looks a little rough, but you have CHILL IT FOR TWO HOURS! If all fails, read the directions... :)

JimmieDimmick's Review

September 12, 2013
If i could give this recipe negative stars I would. My dog wouldn't eat this when I was done making it. I hope whomever created this recipe doesn't have starving mouths to feed.

mycats's Review

March 15, 2011
This really does make a big batch! I took half of it to a family get together, and we had no problem gobbling the rest of it at home! I made it exactly as written, and it was terrific, even better after several days in the fridge. It does soften up quite a bit after a while at room temp, so I'd advise using smaller serving bowl, and refilling it as needed with chilled spread. Great with crackers and/or veggies.

crockerae's Review

December 21, 2008
This recipe is a hit! Especially with the guys that attend my parties. I usually serve it with Honey Wheat pretzel twists. I also serve it as a topping for hotdogs and bratwursts. We have frequent cookouts and I am asked to bring this cheese spread all of the time! And best of all, it takes very little time to whip up and makes a big batch. I have also given away smaller containers as Christmas gifts.

AngieBeri's Review

August 25, 2010
I love this recipe and so does everyone else. Every time someone has a party they will request that I bring beer cheese with me. I keep telling them how easy it is to make but no one believes me. Try it, everyone will love it!!!

alshumate's Review

January 29, 2010
An unfortunate waste of time and ingredients. Ended up throwing it away. Definitely will not make again.

lmcous's Review

October 11, 2013
One-star reviewers: if you based your review on the taste/texture of the dip right out of the mixer, it's horrible. It needs time in the fridge to come together and then it is truly delicious and spreadable. And ditto what lisam29 said about not using pre-shredded cheese; that will ruin it. If you find the beer taste too strong with an amber beer, just use something simple, like Miller Lite. Seriously, give it another chance!!

Jillian311's Review

April 15, 2009
Just made this today for a small party. I tasted it before I put it out, and I was hesitant to serve it. It wasn't too big of a hit. To save time, I used pre-shredded cheddar (next time I would put it in a Cuisenart). It is VERY cheesy and for lack of a better word, interesting. FYI - This recipe makes a lot! For a party of 8 I halved the recipe.

mdowney's Review

March 11, 2011
This was absolutely disgusting. Texture was watery and chunky. Taste was foul. Will never make again.

LaurenDeiman's Review

December 24, 2009
This was repulsive! Followed the recipe and it came out gross. Tasted too much like beer... and couldn't believe there was no heating involved! We ended up trying to melt it in the oven to try to make the texture better, and it was still gross. Threw away two pounds of cheese.