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beer cheese garnished with a mini pretzel twist

Beer Cheese Spread

  • Author: Heidi Clark~ Yums & Kisses
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Beer Cheese Spread! A savory, creamy no-cook appetizer spread made with rich cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, dijon mustard, caraway, smoked paprika, and pale ale! Perfect for pairing with pretzels and crackers. Or, slathered on grilled burgers! 



4 ounces full-fat cream cheese {1/2 of a block}, softened

2 Tablespoons butter, softened

1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese {preferably aged}

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

1 teaspoon whole caraway seed

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

dash of ground cayenne pepper

1 clove of garlic, finely minced

1/2 cup pale ale beer, at room temperature

To Garnish: 

Sliced toasted almonds

To Serve:

pretzels, chips, crackers, fresh veggies, or spread on grilled burgers!


  • Place the cream cheese, garlic, butter, cheddar cheese, salt, dijon mustard, smoked paprika, caraway seeds, cayenne,  and Worcestershire sauce in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until well-combined. 
  • With the processor running, drizzle the beer into the mixture. Continue to process until smooth. This step will take a few minutes. The mixture will look and feel grainy if not processed long enough. The mixture will be quite runny but will firm up in the refrigerator.
  • Transfer the contents of the bowl into a storage vessel and chill for several hours or overnight.
  • Garnish the chilled beer cheese with crunchy toasted sliced almonds, if desired.
  • Enjoy with the desired accompaniments!


  • To soften the cream cheese quickly: unwrap from the foil wrapper and place in a microwave-safe dish. Use the defrost setting on the microwave and warm in 15-second increments until softened.
  • Use a pale ale for this recipe {such as Pabst}. It has a toasty maltiness that doesn’t overwhelm the flavor profile of this Beer Cheese Spread.
  • Beer Cheese Spread will keep for one week in the refrigerator.
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: beer cheese, no cook appetizer, cheese spread, party food, beer