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Pub Cheese {Homemade Cheddar Dip}

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 for!

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

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

What is pub cheese?

It’s a delicious spreadable cheese dip that is 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.

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: where to buy bone 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 gross greasy layer on top. This dip is better cold or 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.

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a glass bowl of cheese dip with veggies and pretzel bites on a wooden board
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5 from 3 votes

Pub Cheese {Homemade Cheddar Dip}

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Perfect with crackers, veggies, and pretzels, this pub cheese recipe is a super-fast appetizer that will quickly get gobbled up.


  • 2 cups extra-sharp cheddar {grated}
  • 1 cup medium cheddar {grated}
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable stock


  • Pulse the garlic in a food processor until it is finely chopped.
  • Add the cheese and pulse until it resembles crumbles.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce and stock and blend in the food processor until the cheese is very smooth (~5 minutes).


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. 
Nutrition Facts
Pub Cheese {Homemade Cheddar Dip}
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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8 comments on “Pub Cheese {Homemade Cheddar Dip}”

  1. Sooo…good! I was looking for an easy cheese spread that didn’t have cream cheese or beer in it. Duh! Use broth! Next time I’ll add the dash of hot sauce and some bacon. ????5 stars

  2. So, this stuff is freaking delicious. I made it for a Superbowl party and it is currently being devoured rapidly by the guys in the cigar shop my husband manages. I looove garlic, so I added an extra clove. I also used all extra sharp cheddar, and chicken stock (because that was what I had on hand). It’s ridiculously easy to make…I will be bringing this to every event now!!5 stars

    • So glad you (and all the guys) liked it, Melanie!! I do love how fast it is to make and I’m thrilled it’s becoming a future staple in the house.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. 🙂

      • No prob:). Also, I don’t know if you want to mention for those people who use My Fitness Pal, but I created an entry based on the nutritional info you included (thank you for doing that, btw…makes tracking much easier when I don’t have to figure it out myself) and made it public, so people should be able to search “Sustainable Cooks Pub Cheese” and it’ll be there for them.

      • Sweet, thank you!

  3. Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, oh yeah!!