Vegan Beer Cheese Dip: Easy Nut-Free Appetizer Recipe (2024)

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This gooey, melty, umami-rich Vegan Beer Cheese Dip with cream cheese is the perfect appetizer. Serve it for game day, or any day––vegans and meat-eaters alike will rejoice.

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Is there anything more comforting than dunking a pillowy pretzel bite into a warming dish of golden cheese dip? If you agree, then I present you with this dairy-free, plant-based beer dip that’s every bit as savory and melty as the real cheese version.

Meat eaters, vegans, and kids alike will gather around this homemade dip. Serve it with your favorite pretzels or bread cubes to soak up all that fondue-like flavor. Enjoy! Serve alongside vegan bean dip for variety.


This simple and decadent beer cheese dip is so easy to make, something tells me you’ll add it to your regular rotation. It comes together in one pot with a few simple ingredients that you probably already have at home. Reminder:You can find the printable, detailed recipe in the recipe card below.

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  • All-purpose flour. This makes a nice thick and gooey cheese dip.
  • Non-dairy milk. Useplain, unsweetened vegan milk so the flavor doesn’t compete with the beer dip’s cheesy goodness.
  • Beer. Note that not all beer is vegan. Check outBarnivoreto see what brands are vegan-friendly. I use Yuengling or Yuengling Light Lager for this dip.
  • Nutritional yeast. The secret to deeply savory cheesy flavor in your vegan beer cheese dip.
  • Vegan cream cheese. I always use GoVeggie brand, but use your favorite! Other brands I like are Trader Joe’s and Tofutti. Miyoko’s is also good but will add quite a bit of tartness to the dip.
  • Vegan Worcestershire sauce. Many brands contain anchovies or fish, but some are vegan (like Annie’s and Kroger’s store brand.) You can also make homemade vegan Worcestershire sauce or use soy sauce instead.
  • Dijon mustard. Pairs perfectly with pretzels!
  • Garlic powder. For the perfectly savory note
  • Smoked paprika. Adds a bit of spice and smokiness with just one ingredient.
  • Turmeric. This one is mostly for color, so if you don’t have turmeric, feel free to omit it.
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The dip is best enjoyed hot. However, you can store leftover dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

When you’re ready to serve, warm the dip in 30-second intervals in the microwave or in a pot on the stove. Stir regularly to prevent burning on the bottom.

Substitutions & Variations

  • For gluten-free vegan beer cheese dip, replace the all-purpose flour with cornstarch.
  • To replace the worcestershire sauce, substitute low-sodium soy sauce. For gluten-free, use tamari.
  • Cashew-based beer cheese dip can be made instead of cream cheese. See the notes on the recipe card below for a simple how-to.
  • To make this dip nut-free, use plain oat milk or soy milk.
  • Depending on how strong a beer flavor you like, you can use dark or light beer. Dark or regular beer will add a bolder boozy flavor to the dip. Light beer will be more subtle. If you like, you can also substitute half othe beer with non-dairy milk.
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Vegan Beer Cheese Dip

Karissa Besaw

Creamy, mouth-watering, and super flavorful vegan beer cheese dip…made in 10 minutes! Enjoy this dairy-free dip as a snack or appetizer.

4.96 from 25 votes

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 5 minutes mins

Total Time 10 minutes mins

Course Appetizer, Snack

Cuisine American, Vegan

Servings 6

Calories 147 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk plain, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 8 ounces vegan cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vegan Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric optional, for color


  • In a medium-sized pot, whisk together the flour and non-dairy milk until there are no clumps.

  • Whisk in remaining ingredients.

  • Heat on medium heat until the dip comes to a simmer. Simmer for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.

  • Serve with pretzel bites or cubed bread.


  • To make this recipe with cashews instead of vegan cream cheese: Blend 3/4 cup of soaked raw cashews with the rest of the ingredients, EXCEPT for the flour and cream cheese, until smooth. Add to a pot. Bring to a simmer on medium-low heat for a minute or two, until thick and creamy.
  • Not all beer is vegan. I use Yuengling for this dip. Check out Barnivore to see what other brands are vegan-friendly.


Calories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 370mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 159IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 1mg

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Vegan Beer Cheese Dip: Easy Nut-Free Appetizer Recipe (2024)


What is beer cheese dip made of? ›

Beer cheese dip is typically made by heating beer with ingredients like garlic, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce in a saucepan until the beer reduces, mixing in cheese and milk, and continuing to cook until the cheese is melted. The resulting mixture is a cheesy spread that can be served warm or cool.

What is the best beer for beer cheese? ›

I used Fat Tire because that what I had on hand, but Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Lite are all good options. No need to use anything fancy! What brands of cheese do you recommend? For the Cheddar, you can use a good supermarket brand, like Cabot or Tillamook.

How do you thicken beer cheese dip? ›

But you can also grab a small saucepan, add 1/2 cup of your existing cheese dip and a little flour or cornstarch (try 1 teaspoon at a time), and whisk to combine over low heat. Add this back in to your other pan of sauce and stir until incorporated (repeat as necessary to get the consistency you're after).

Why is my beer cheese dip grainy? ›

High heat makes the proteins and fat in the cheese separate, causing the sauce to “break” and turn into a lumpy mess. If this happens, it can be difficult (or impossible) to repair. You might be able to fix the cheese sauce by adding more cream cheese or Dijon, which are both emulsifying ingredients.

What kind of beer do you use for beer cheese dip? ›

What beer is best for beer cheese dip? The best beer for beer cheese dip depends on how much you like beer. This recipe uses a strong, hoppy IPA, which brings a big "beer-y" flavor to the party. If you're a fan of milder beers, opt for a pilsner or a lager.

Does beer cook out of beer cheese dip? ›

Roughly speaking: Beer cheese sauce, bourbon caramel and other sauces brought to a boil and then removed from the heat typically retain about 85 percent of the alcohol. Diane, cherries jubilee and other recipes that flame the alcohol may still have 75 percent of the alcohol.

What state is known for beer cheese? ›

But beer cheese? It's a Kentucky thing. Nearly every brewery and brewpub menu around Louisville has an iteration of the mouth-watering appetizer: most traditionally a combination of cheddar cheese, beer, cayenne pepper, paprika and some garlic.

Is there actual alcohol in beer cheese? ›

Is there any alcohol in Hall's Beer Cheese? Yes. There is less alcohol content in beer cheese than there is in a non-alcohol beer.

Is there alcohol in beer cheese dip? ›

Beer cheese dip is made in a variety of ways. No matter the recipe, beer is usually added toward the end of preparation for that quintessential flavor burst. Even if you bring your dip to boiling before serving, you can't remove every last bit of alcohol.

Is beer cheese sauce alcoholic? ›

Primarily crafted from milk, butter, and melted cheddar, plus a bit of beer, the dip might lead some to wonder if it includes enough alcohol to feel a booze-induced impact. Rest assured, while beer cheese does contain alcohol, it's typically not enough to give anyone a buzz.

What's the difference between beer cheese and regular cheese? ›

The boozy difference gives them their distinct character, texture, and flavor profile. As one can easily guess, beer cheese is made by combining soft, spreadable cheese with some kind of beer.


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