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Homemade Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

Tired of going to the pub for grub? Then try our beer cheese dip recipe instead. It combines cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheeses with your favorite beer.

We published this dip recipe back in January of 2017. It was during a time when we were still trying to find our niche.

A lot has changed since then, so Kim and I decided to republish it with a fresh coat of paint, so to speak.

The recipe itself is fine, however, the post needed to be rewritten so the instructions would be easier to follow.

So, shall we get started on the dip?

A small wooden bowl of beer cheese dip with chips.

How to Make Beer Cheese Dip:

To get started, you’ll need to make a simple, bechamel. Don’t be intimidated, it’s just a fancier version of a blonde roux.

If you’ve thickened gravy with flour and butter, then you can do this. It’s as simple as that!

The flour and butter mixture cooking in an iron skillet.

First, melt the butter in a large skillet or medium saucepan. Heat the pan over medium-low heat.

Next, add the flour and whisk the mixture to combine them together. Then cook everything for three (3) to four (4) minutes. This will be the roux for your cheese dip.

Beer, spices, and dairy have been added to the flour.

After that, slowly add the beer and whisk in the mustard, garlic powder, and chipotle paste (or powder).

Now, continue to cook the ingredients for six (6) to eight (8) minutes or until all the alcohol is cooked out of the beer.

Afterward, add the half and half and heat the sauce until it begins to steam. Don’t let it come to a boil! It’s time to whisk in the cheese.

The cheese has been added and the dip is done.

Last, sprinkle in both cheeses (a handful at a time). Keep whisking throughout the process so the cheese doesn’t stick to bottom of the skillet.

Once all the cheese is gone, you’re basically done. You can let the dip cook until it reaches a thickness you like. The longer it cooks, the thicker it will become. Just remember to keep stirring or whisking.

A small bowl of beer cheese dip served with chips.

That’s it, your done! Serve the beer cheese dip with chips or pretzels or whatever you desire.

Kim and I hope you enjoy the recipe and wish you all the best 🙂

How long does beer cheese dip last in the fridge?

Personally, I use the restaurant industry standard and say it will last three (3) days in your fridge. This is the usual, “hold,” time for dairy based sauces.

Can beer cheese dip be frozen?

Absolutely, it can last at least two (2) weeks in your freezer. Just be sure to heat it slowly over low heat (or microwave on low) when your ready to eat it.

A tortilla chip being dipped into the finished cheese dip.

Don’t forget to check out our Beer Cheese Dip web story!

Yield: 8 Servings

Homemade Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

A tortilla chip being dipped into the finished cheese dip.

Tired of going to the pub for grub? Then try our beer cheese dip recipe instead. It combines cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheeses with your favorite beer.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Half and Half
  • 1/2 Cup Beer, (or ale)
  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Chipotle Paste, (or powder to taste)
  • 8 Ounces Cheddar Cheese, (shredded)
  • 4 Ounces Monterey Jack Cheese, (shredded)
  • Salt to Taste


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the flour, whisk to combine, and cook mixture for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Pour in the beer, mustard, garlic powder, and chipotle paste. Whisk to combine and let cook for 6-8 minutes.
  4. Add the half and half and heat until the half and half begins to steam but not boil.
  5. Sprinkle in cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheeses and whisk until it melts. Continue process until all cheese has melted.
  6. Continue to stir and heat until the cheese dip reaches desired thickness. Add salt to taste and serve with chips, pretzels, etc.
  7. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of one-fourth (1/4) of a cup of beer cheese dip. Additionally, the calorie count does NOT include the chips seen in the photos. Actual calories will vary.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

0.25 Cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 16gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 326mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 13g

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Thursday 15th of June 2017

Must have! Big fan of anything that pair's well with carbs!


Friday 16th of June 2017

Thank you, Nicole! Us too, this cheese dip is one of our favorite snacks. Have a great day :)


Monday 29th of May 2017

I made this tonight to enjoy with some homemade soft pretzels... THANK YOU for finally helping me to break my long losing streak with making bechamel!!! Your instructions about the proper way to do a bechamel for this dip were invaluable, and it turned out quite delicious!

I used white cheddar + Trader Joe's bacon cheddar (instead of Monterey jack) because I had some in the fridge already and eliminated the chipotle because I'm not a fan of the flavor,

Although I was totally pleased with the taste of the finished result, the consistency of it was rather y'all have any suggestions for this? Would it maybe have made it thicker if I used less half and half (like 1 cup instead of 1 1/2)?

Thank you for sharing this recipe (and all those great bechamel-making tips); can't wait to try some of your other recipes!


Tuesday 30th of May 2017

Thank you, Sara! I am so happy the dip turned out well for you. That's a great question! To make it thicker, you have a few different options to try.

You can use less half and half, or you can increase the amount of flour in the rue. Additionally, you can use heavy cream instead of half and half. It will increase the calories and fat, but the sauce will be richer. Lastly, you can also try a cornstarch and water mixture in the dip. It can be added right after you add the cheese. However, the texture may become like gelatin once it cools.

In closing, I am thrilled you liked the recipe and commented on the post. I hope these tips help. Have a lovely Tuesday!

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