Beer and cheese? What’s not to love?!
This ooey-gooey, melt in your mouth, cheesy bowl of goodness is an undeniable crowd pleaser. From hosting your next football party to spending time with pals around the backyard bonfire, this appetizer is a winner-winner. The best part of all? It’s an excuse to go pick up some more Hi-Wire favorites! Pour in a lager or an IPA to jazz things up, experiment with flavors, and give this beer cheese a little craft brew flare. Your taste buds will thank you.
Beer Cheese Ingredients:
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- ¾ cup of your Hi-Wire beer of choice
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cups extra sharp cheddar, shredded
- 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
How to Make it:
- Place the cream cheese and beer in a small pot over low heat.
- When the cream cheese has softened, break it up into smaller pieces then whisk the mixture until smooth.
- Add a little of the shredded cheese at a time, whisking until each addition has fully melted and mixed together before adding more.
- Whisk in the mustard and garlic powder.
- Garnish with chives and serve warm with pretzels, veggies, or bread.
Our Top 4 Hi-Wire Picks to Jazz Up Your Beer Cheese
If cheese and beer weren’t already enough of a stellar combo, we’re adding Hi-Wire beer to step things up a notch. The beauty of beer cheese is, you can use just about any style of beer to get creative. So to give you a little inspiration to get started, we’ve put together a roundup of four of our favorite beers to try. Look for them at one of our taprooms or a retailer near you!
#1. Double Hi-Pitch IPA
This oh so good IPA gets seriously hopped with classic West Coast hops resulting in some eye-opening dank & citrusy aromas. Weighing in at 65 IBUs, distinctive melon and grapefruit flavors balance out the malt in this dangerously delicious double IPA. When added to beer cheese, the hoppiness offers a nice depth and zestiness.
#2. Leisure Time Lager
This crisp and refreshing American craft lager is brewed patiently with 100% barley. Mellow and smooth, this Hi-Wire lager blends beautifully into beer cheese to add delicious flavor. It’s so tasty you may even want to crack open a cold one to sip on with your beer cheese.
#3. Bed of Nails
This tasty brew is crafted as an American ode to a traditional English brown. A light hop addition balances the natural sweetness present in the specialty malt and will add a richness to your beer cheese.
#4. Hi-Wire Lager
This true American lager is as approachable as it is delicious, a perfect balance of light Pilsen malt and German hops. Use it in your beer cheese to bring out a yummy complexity.
The Difference Between Beer Cheese and Pub Cheese
Sometimes beer cheese and pub cheese get confused, so we’re going to set the record straight on the difference between these two cheesy creations. Here’s how to know what you’re getting the next time you see these two on a menu or you want to do a taste test at home.
Whether or not beer cheese is melty and creamy or spreadable, it’s always made with beer. Pub cheese, on the other hand, is spreadable and doesn’t necessarily include beer in the recipe. Both are delicious, but we think everything is better with beer, so our vote is for beer cheese!
Find Hi-Wire Beer Near You
To pick up some of these craft beers for your next beer cheese culinary masterpiece or to enjoy a brew on tap, visit our taproom page to see our locations and what’s flowing at each one, or check out our beer finder to locate a retailer near you.
We look forward to serving you soon! Cheers.