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Guinness Cheese Dip

Oh-my-goodness! Grab your pretzels, bread cubes, or favorite dippers and get dunking into this rich, creamy, cheesy, and oh-so-crazy good Guinness Cheese Dip! Ready in a jiffy, you can be munching on great eats in no time!

Guinness Cheese Dip in a black bowl with pretzels nearby.

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This Guinness beer dip is pretty nearly perfect! It’s thick, rich, cheesy, and has just the right amount of dark, bitter beer flavor. What does Guinness taste like? It has a malty sweetness with an underlying bitterness, with undertones of chocolate and coffee. is the perfect brew for beer dip because of its depth of flavor, enhancing the sharp cheddar and making the dip smooth and cheesier tasting.

You don’t get more Irish than Guinness beer, and the combination of Irish cheese (or you can use regular sharp cheddar), Irish beer, and pretzels is as timeless as it is delicious.

This is an easy cheese beer dip recipe. See my notes below for tips and before long, you and some lucky friends can be dipping into goodness!

What you’ll love about Guinness Beer Cheese Dip


  • It’s rich, creamy, thick, and delicious!
  • This recipe makes enough to share; if you even want to share!
  • Ready in minutes!
Guinness cheese dip in a black bowl with pretzels.

Ingredients

Known by many names, this pretzel cheese dip is so easy to make, and you only need a handful of ingredients.

  • Butter – I use salted butter.
  • All-purpose flour
  • Milk – Whole milk works best.
  • Guinness beer – Drink the rest; sláinte!
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • White pepper – Black pepper will leave black flecks in the dip, but that’s OK if it’s all you have.
  • Irish cheddar – Or any sharp cheddar cheese; shredded.
Beer cheese dip labeled ingredients.

How To Make The Best Guinness Cheese Dip

  1. Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it is sizzling. Turn off the heat.
  2. Whisk in the flour until combined, then turn the heat on low and cook the flour-butter mixture for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  3. Whisk in the milk, beer, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and onion powders, paprika, cayenne, and white pepper. Mix well.
  4. Turn the heat to medium-low and whisk continuously until thick and bubbly. Turn the heat off.
  5. Add the cheese and whisk until smooth and creamy.
  6. Adjust the seasoning and serve warm with your favorite dippers.

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • For the smoothest, creamiest dip, use cheese you shred yourself. Pre-shredded cheese is tossed with an anti-caking agent, which is grainy in dips and sauces.
  • Yes, you’ll have some beer leftover. Drink up!
  • There’s a tiny hint of spice in this cheese dip – feel free to add a bit more cayenne if you like a bit more spice.
  • This dip doesn’t reheat very well – it’ll separate and get greasy. It is best eaten fresh.

Recommended

Beer Cheese Dip Dippers

Wondering what to dip into this creamy Guinness beer dip? Here are some of my favorites:

  • Soft pretzels
  • Hard pretzels
  • Bread cubes – Offer a variety of bread including French, ciabatta, garlic and herb, and so on.
  • Pita wedges or crackers
  • Veggies
  • Breadsticks

Storage

Store any leftover Guinness Cheese Dip in the fridge. Reheat it slowly on the stovetop to reduce separation. The microwave will cause the dip to split, and you’ll get puddles of oil. This dip will not freeze well.

Step By Step Process

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Guinness Cheese Dip in a black bowl with pretzels nearby.
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4.80 from 75 votes

Guinness Cheese Dip

This Guinness Cheese Dip is ooey-gooey good! It's super easy to make and is loaded with flavor. The unmistable flavor of the beer really comes through in this party-pleasing dip!
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American, European
Keyword beer cheese dip, cheese, dip, guinness, guinness cheese dip, irish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 228kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup Guinness beer
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups Irish cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it is sizzling. Turn off the heat.
  • Whisk in the flour until combined, then turn the heat on low and cook the flour-butter mixture for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  • Whisk in the milk, beer, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and onion powders, paprika, cayenne, and white pepper. Mix well.
  • Turn the heat to medium-low and whisk continuously until thick and bubbly. Turn the heat off.
  • Add the cheese and whisk until smooth and creamy.
  • Adjust the seasoning and serve warm with your favorite dippers.

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • For the smoothest, creamiest dip, use cheese you shred yourself. Pre-shredded cheese is tossed with an anti-caking agent, which is grainy in dips and sauces.
  • Yes, you’ll have some beer leftover. Drink up!
  • There’s a tiny hint of spice in this cheese dip – feel free to add a bit more cayenne if you like a bit more spice.
  • This dip doesn’t reheat very well – it’ll separate and get greasy. It is best eaten fresh.

Nutrition

Serving: 4tablespoons | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 309mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 584IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 282mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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5 thoughts on “Guinness Cheese Dip”

  1. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, this Guiness Cheese Dip recipe is making my mouth watter just thinking about it! The creamy and savory combination of melted cheese and bold stout flavors is enough to make my taste buds sing with joy. I can’t wait to make this for my next get-together and share the love with all my cheese-loving friends.

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  2. 5 stars
    This turned out perfect! Loved this cheese dip with some pretzel bites. Will make this again for march madness basketball games!

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  3. 5 stars
    I have heard a lot about this dip, and wanted to finally try it out, and boy, it turned out so good! We made it for a game night at home, and it was gone in seconds!

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4.80 from 75 votes (70 ratings without comment)

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