This easy beer cheese dip recipe pairs perfectly with soft pretzel bites. Slow-cooked simple ingredients stay warm and melty, and this cheese fondue appetizer recipe is designed for game days as the perfect party food.
And while we love sharing this as a slow cooker recipe since it keeps the cheese hot and melted, you can also make this pub-style beer cheese dip on the stove.
Why Beer Cheese Dip is So Popular
It’s sure to please: Beer dip is a classic appetizer and an excellent complement to any party, get-together, or game day.
Because this dip is made in a slow cooker, you can prep before the party and keep your beer cheese melty and hot for guests (or yourself!) all night.
It’s delicious: Let’s face it, a thick, cheesy snack is simply fantastic. Are cheese and beer never not the perfect blend for your taste buds?
What You Need to Make the Perfect Beer Cheese Dip
Cheese Selection – This dip recipe uses cream cheese and pre-shredded cheese, both making it not only cheesy but creamy as well.
Beer Selection – No need to run to the store because any favorite beer in your house will work for this. We use a can of Yuengling.
Other Ingredients – Sour cream, bacon, and seasonings (listed in the printable recipe below) round out this cheesy dip recipe.
How to make Slow Cooker Beer Cheese Dip
- This dip assumes your bacon is already made. If not, start with bacon. You can oven-bake bacon or air fry bacon (our preferred method). Our twisted bacon recipe also makes crumble toppings and mix-ins for dips easy.
- Set aside one tablespoon of chopped bacon for topping.
- Add cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, garlic powder, paprika, and beer to a slow cooker.
- Heat on high for 1-2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes until smooth and hot.
- Garnish with reserved bacon, optional chopped green onion or chives, kosher salt, and black pepper, and serve with pretzel bite or pretzel sticks.
Can this dip be made quicker?
Yes! Just melt all ingredients on the stovetop, stirring on medium heat until smooth and ready. Serve immediately.
Can you taste the beer in beer cheese?
Yes, you can.
How to thin out slow cooked beer cheese dip
Dip too thick? Try adding a little heavy whipping cream and mixing well until desired consistency is reached.
Variations: Adding Flavors and Personalizing Beer Cheese
Mustard: Adding a teaspoon of Dijon or whole-grain mustard to your beer cheese sauce can bring tanginess and complexity. This is something we do in our pretzel cheese dip recipe.
Jalapenos: A few dashes of hot sauce or chopped jalapenos can give your dip a spicy edge. Another option is to add other amazing flavors like cayenne pepper.
Change the cheese: Experimenting with different cheeses can alter the flavor and texture of your dip. Use a blend of sharp cheddar cheese, white cheddar, pepper jack, and Gouda cheese. As a side note, grate a block of cheese yourself over bagged cheese blends for the best results.
Beer choice: The type of beer you choose can also influence the flavor of your beer cheese dip. Choose a pale ale or a dark stout for a milder flavor for a fuller, more complex flavor.
Best Dipping Foods and Beer Pairings for Beer Cheese Dip
- Soft pretzels are a traditional dipping snack for pub cheese. The salty, chewy pretzel complements the creamy, cheesy dip perfectly. We like the frozen ones from SuperPretzel.
- Crusty Bread: A crusty baguette or sourdough bread are excellent dipping options for beer cheese dip.
- Carrot and celery sticks: For a healthier alternative, dip carrot sticks, celery sticks, broccoli florets, and mini bites of cauliflower in the velvety cheese dip.
Beer Pairings (To drink alongside)
- Amber ale: Amber ale’s caramel and toffee flavors enhance the savory and somewhat sweet blend of flavors of beer cheese dip.
- An IPA’s bitterness and hoppy tastes can cut through the richness of beer cheese dip and cleanse the tongue between bites.
- Stout: The creamy, smooth mouthfeel of a stout can match the texture of a darker beer cheese dip, while its roasted notes can lend depth to the additional flavors of the dip, making a more bitter flavor.