Topping the list of most-requested finger foods and appetizer dip recipes at my house for Super Bowl? This easy cheddar beer cheese dip for pretzels…

Best beers for cheddar cheese beer dip

Here are options for the best beer for beer cheese:

  • German beer (try a mild Pilsner)
  • Lager beer
  • IPA beer (using IPA beer for beer cheese will add a strong beer flavor, although you should also add 2 tbsp of sugar to offset the bitter hoppy flavor)

Best cheddar for beer cheese dip

This recipe used a yellow sharp cheddar cheese from Tillamook. Grating fresh cheddar cheese is preferred for this recipe because it melts better. But in a rush, using already shredded cheddar cheese will work. You can also use a white cheddar for beer cheese with a more mild flavor.

More seasonings for beer cheese dip

Add more flavor to cheddar beer cheese with a little dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, Cajun spice blends, or diced jalapeños. I always keep frozen jalapeños in the freezer to use on the fly in recipes like this.

Thickening beer cheese

If the cheddar beer cheese is too thin, you can thicken the beer cheese with an extra tablespoon of flour or cornstarch. Mix the flour or cornstarch in a separate bowl with 1/4 cup of the thin beer cheese sauce. Slowly add the new thick sauce back in to the beer cheese recipe. The beer cheese will also thicken as it sits.

Beer cheese dip toppings

Bacon, jalapeños, and fresh herbs, like the parsley used in this recipe, are great choices for toppings when serving beer cheese for a party.

Pretzels for beer cheese

Soft pretzels can be found in the frozen section of most grocery stores. In my local store, I found fresh baked soft pretzels. To reheat soft pretzels, coat them with butter and salt and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

Other things to dip in beer cheese

This recipe can be used to dip more than just soft pretzels. Make beer cheese sauce for brats, hard pretzels, loaded fries, potatoes, and thick crusty bread.

This easy cheddar beer cheese dip can be made a day ahead and keeps in the fridge for a couple of days. But, if you’re anything like me, hubs and our friends, this delicious beer cheese dip won’t last longer than a football game at your house.

Looking for another crowd pleasing appetizer? Check out this Mexican salad. It’s a great make-ahead salad you can also use as a dip. 

Your mostly-there-for-the-food football party enthusiast, Jenna.

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Cheddar beer cheese dip recipe

Cheddar beer cheese dip This easy cheddar beer cheese dip recipe is perfect for finger foods and party apps. Use fresh grated cheddar cheese for best results.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Beer, Cheddar cheese, Dip, pretzels, Super Bowl
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 208 kcal


Cheese dip

  • 2 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup beer IPA, lager, or German
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated


  • soft pretzels
  • butter melted
  • salt


  1. Grate cheddar cheese, measure beer and set aside.
  2. Heat a large pot on medium and add butter and flour. Stir to form a roux for 30 seconds. Add in garlic powder, fresh parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir seasonings for 2 minutes.
  3. Slowly pour the beer into the roux. Whisk until it thickens, about 5 minutes, then add grated cheese. Whisk until cheese melts.
  4. To heat soft pretzels, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat soft pretzels with melted butter and salt. Bake for ~10 minutes.

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Recipe Notes

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