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Pub Cheese is a delicious and flavorful spreadable cheese dip that you’re going to love snacking on! Perfect with crackers, veggies, and pretzels, this beer cheese recipe is a super-fast appetizer that will quickly get gobbled up.

A bowl of cheese spread on a wooden tray with veggies and pretzel bites

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All the dairy lovers shout hurray for pub cheese! A super-smooth and perfectly flavored dip that everyone in your life is going to go nuts over!

Put this spread on a tray with a ton of veggies, crackers, and Air Fryer Pretzel Bites, and watch your friends and family start chanting your name.

Just like my Air Fryer Egg Rolls, Baked Brie With Garlic, Mac and Cheese Egg Rolls, and Air Fryer Zucchini Chips, this dip will help you absolutely own the appetizer game.

What is pub cheese?

Pub cheese is a delicious spreadable cheese dip usually made with Irish cheddar and flat beer. The texture is like a firm hummus but with all the dairy goodness you know and love.

Traditional recipes call for flattened beer, but this version uses either veggie or chicken stock to flavor the spread. You can absolutely use beer if you’d like, and I’ve added notes below for more details.

If you’re looking for a pourable sauce, check out our Gluten-Free Cheese Sauce.

What Ingredients Are in Pub Cheese?

  • Cheese! I used a mix of extra sharp and medium cheddar Tillamook (PNW represent)
  • Garlic – we’re going with a light hand on this. Trust.
  • Stock – use veggie to keep this vegetarian, or chicken stock (related: homemade chicken broth)
  • Worcestershire sauce – use a vegetarian brand like this if you don’t eat meat. Need it to be gluten-free? This brand is both gluten-free and vegan.
  • Hot sauce – optional.
  • Chives – optional but they’re a nice garnish.

Do you Serve Pub Cheese Hot?

I wouldn’t. But you could if you want to. Hot cheese is amazing at first and then gets that weird gross greasy layer on top. This dip is better served cold or at room temperature. 

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  • If you’d like to use beer, choose a light ale and allow it to go flat before adding it to the dip. You can either let it sit out on the counter for a few hours, or add it to a bowl and whisk vigorously for five minutes.
  • Originally I went with WAY too much garlic for this recipe (you’ll see that in the photos above) and it made us vampire-proof for daaaaaays. Avoid the desire to increase what the recipe calls for, OR if you want more, use roasted garlic (related: Air Fryer Roasted Garlic and Instant Pot Roasted Garlic) which is a lot more mellow.
a piece of celery being dipped into a bowl of pub cheese.

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Pub Cheese

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time0 mins

Total Time10 mins

Pub Cheese is a delicious and flavorful spreadable cheese dip that you’re going to love snacking on! Perfect with crackers, veggies, and pretzels, this beer cheese recipe is a super-fast appetizer that will quickly get gobbled up.

  • Pulse the garlic in a food processor until it is finely chopped.

    1 clove garlic

  • Add the cheese and pulse until it resembles crumbles.

    2 cups extra-sharp cheddar, 1 cup medium cheddar

  • Add the Worcestershire sauce and stock and blend in the food processor until the cheese is very smooth (~5 minutes).

    2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/3 cup vegetable stock

  • Add (optional) hot sauce and mix to combine.

    Frank’s hot sauce

  1. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  2. If you’d like to use beer, choose a light ale and allow it to go flat before adding it to the dip. 

Nutrition Facts

Pub Cheese

Amount Per Serving (3 tbsp)

Calories 126
Calories from Fat 90

% Daily Value*

Fat 10g15%

Saturated Fat 7g44%

Cholesterol 32mg11%

Sodium 190mg8%

Potassium 39mg1%

Carbohydrates 1g0%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 8g16%

Vitamin A 324IU6%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 223mg22%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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