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Hot Beer Cheese Dip for Pretzels

Cheesy baked dip recipe served warm out of the oven! Hot Beer Cheese Dip makes an easy appetizer for game day or for your next party. 

Baked dish with hot beer cheese dip
Hot Beer Cheese Dip

There are a few variations of this recipe around, but they typically call for the pretzel beer cheese dip to be served cold. I do like it cold as well, but actually prefer to treat this as a warm dip and bake it in the oven.

Even if you don’t like beer, you should still give this hot beer cheese dip a try. I’m not a huge beer fan myself (I like my wine or cider these days) . However, I love this dip and I have had lots of friends who like this, but don’t like beer at all.

If you’d prefer a good pretzel dip without alcohol in it, check out my BBQ Pretzel Cheese Ball Dip recipe.

Tips for Making Hot Beer Cheese Dip

The cheese:

If you have time, I do suggest shredding your own cheese as I think it tastes better. If you are in a pinch or don’t care to shred your own, bag cheese will still work just fine.

What kind of beer to use?

You can use your favorite brand/type of beer for this recipe, but I do recommend a darker beer so more of the flavor will come through. I typically use Shiner Bock, but Guinness is also one of my favorites to use.

What is ranch dressing mix? 

Ranch dressing mix is a dry mix of seasoning used to make salad dressing. It is not already prepared salad dressing.

You can usually find this in a small packet near the bottled salad dressings. You can also use a homemade ranch mix. If using homemade, I suggest starting out with 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp and then tasting to see if you need to add more.

Can you make this dip ahead of time?

You can make this dip a day ahead and then pop in the oven before serving. I have also made this lots of times for tailgates. I make the dip at home the night before, put it in an aluminium pan, and throw it on the grill for about 20 minutes. The grill adds a wonderful, slightly smokey flavor.

You can also throw the mixed dip into a Crockpot and heat on high for an hour.

What can I use as dippers?

Pretzels are my favorite thing to dip into this, but chips or crackers could also be served with this beer cheese dip. Cheers!

Dish of hot beer cheese dip with a Shiner Bock beer
Adapted slightly from: Lady Behind the Curtain

How to Make Hot Beer Cheese Dip

Step 1 – 
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Step 2 – Using a stand or hand mixer, whip the cream cheese until creamy.

Step 3 – Mix in packet of ranch dressing mix.

Step 4 – Slowly add in the beer until incorporated.

mixing bowl with beer being added to hot beer cheese dip mixture

Step 5 – Stir in shredded cheese.

mixing bowl with cheese added into beer cheese dip mixture

Step 6 – Spread into a small baking dish and heat in oven.

Hot Beer Cheese Dip

Darlene Kratz
Easy, 5 ingredient dip recipe. Hot beer cheese dip is a great hot appetizer for game day or your next party. Creamy, cheesy dip best served with pretzels.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 12
Calories 221 kcal


  • 2 8 oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1 oz package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2/3 cup beer (preferably a darker beer)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in ranch dressing packet and mix to combine.
  • Continue mixing and slowly add in the beer. 
  • Stir in shredded cheese.
  • Spread dip mixture into a small casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes or until the dip is heated through.


Calories: 221kcal
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    1. Hi Renee, I would think that this dip would taste well with slices of beer bread. This dip is on the thicker side though so a softer bread may be harder to “dip” in. I imagine a queso dip would also go well. You can always try it and see 🙂

  1. I made this tonight and it is prettv fantastic, I can’t wait to share with friends tomorrow (assuming it lasts that long)

    1. Hi Wendy, I make this in a 2 quart crock pot all the time. Just mix all the ingredients and heat on high for about an hour; stirring occasionally.

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