How to Make Homemade Beer Cheese

Sunday's Superbowl is on my mind, y'all. We live in Charlotte (home to the Carolina Panthers)...SO.... the Panthers going to the Superbowl is kind of a big deal. My favorite thing about this season is our kids want to watch too! They talk about the Panthers at school, wear jerseys to school after a win, even our church brings talks about them on Sunday. 

And what would go over better at a Super Bowl party than beer cheese?! It is rich and filling, and oh so good. The secret to the flavor in this recipe is Gruyère cheese: an aged cheese with strong flavor (because what is the point of cheese if it has no taste?!)

Gruyère Beer Cheese Dip

Serves 6-8 (or if you are really hungry, 4-6!)

Modified from Epicurious



1 bottle of dark ale beer 

1 lb Gruyère cheese, shredded

1 tbsp cornstarch

2 tsp Bavarian or Dijon mustard

A few pinches of red pepper flakes and sea salt to taste


Bring the beer to boil over medium-high heat in a skillet or heavy saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low so beer is gently simmering. 

Toss the shredded cheese with cornstarch in a medium bowl. Add the cheese mixture to the beer one handful at a time, stirring until completely melted before adding more. Stir in mustard, salt, and red pepper. Serve immediately. The dip can be refrigerated for 2 days and rewarmed over medium low heat until remelted.

how to make beer cheese dip // shred 1lb gruyere cheese

Shred 1 lb Gruyère cheese and set aside in a medium sized bowl.  

how to make beer cheese dip // add 1 bottle dark ale

Add 1 bottle of dark beer to a skillet or heavy saucepan.

how to make beer cheese dip // boil beer then reduce to simmer

Bring to a boil over medium high heat then reduce to a simmer.

how to make beer cheese dip // mix cornstarch into cheese

Toss 1 tablespoon cornstarch with shredded cheese.

how to make beer cheese dip // stir one spoonful of cheese at a time until fully melted

Mix cheese into beer one spoonful at a time, stirring each batch of cheese until melted before adding the next spoonful. Add seasonings and serve immediately with fresh bread, pretzels, or veggies. 

how to make beer cheese dip with gruyere cheese and a dark ale

My husband and I loved how this batch turned out! (we ate it on bread for lunch, and mixed it into broccoli with our dinner)....

If you give it a try let me know how it turns out!