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Pub Cheese Spread

Pub Cheese Spread is a creamy, hoppy, and flavorful spread best enjoyed with buttery crackers and salty pretzel. Skip the pub and make your own at home!

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Pub Cheese Recipe

Do you love cheese and crackers?

I DO! I could sit around and eat them all day long!

I’ve had just about every cheese there is (found around me, that is) and I will take them on all, piled on a crispy cracker.

Something about the soft and creamy cheese with the crispy, butter, cracker that hits all the right spots!

If you are like me, and craving a spreadable cheese, not just a slice, then this recipe is for you!

Creamy, with a hint of your favorite beer, and mixed with the perfect blend of spices, Pub Cheese is a delicious break from the usual party fare!

Whether you are looking for a great game day spread or a something to add to your favorite burger, check out this Pub Cheese Recipe below!

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Ingredients Needed

Cream Cheese – Make sure to soften or bring the cream cheese to room temperature to make it easier to combine.

Cheddar Cheese – You can use pre-shredded cheese but I like to shred/grate my own from the block. It’s cheaper and it doesn’t have all the anti-caking agents on the cheese which can make it hard to mix into the dip.

Horseradish – I like to use prepared horseradish but you can grate your own fresh (I would use half the amount if using fresh) or you can use horseradish sauce.

Beer – Use your favorite pale ale or hoppy IPA. Or substitute with water.

Mustard – This recipe uses a Dijon mustard but you can use a plain yellow or spicy mustard one. Avoid honey mustard as the sweetness doesn’t really. mix well.

Kitchen staples – Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, paprika, and hot sauce.

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How to Make Pub Cheese

First: Start with softened cream cheese and shredded cheddar. Mix until combined. The mixture will be stiff.

Second: Add in the mustard and spices and mix to combine.

Third: Add in the beer and Worcestershire to loosen it up and combine completely. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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What kind of cheese is pub cheese?

Not your typical cheese, it’s a pub style beer cheese dip that is best served spread on crackers, pretzels, and tortilla chips. Feeling healthy? Try it on carrot and celery sticks too!

Is pub cheese the same as beer cheese?

It can be mistaken for it because of the beer but it is more of a spreadable soft cheese whereas beer cheese is like a melty cheese dip with beer in it.

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Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • make sure the cream cheese is close to room temperature or softened a bit or it will not mix well with the other ingredients.
  • use your favorite ale or brew. I like a hoppy lager beer for this recipe but a stout will work too!
  • if you want to spice it up a bit, try adding some jalapeno cheese or pepper jack.
  • I like to use prepared horseradish but if you prefer to use a horseradish sauce or leave it out all together, that’s great too.
  • if you like a stout in your spread, try using sharp cheddar instead of mild.
  • want more spices? Add some garlic powder and some cayenne pepper!
  • chilly outside? serve warm!
  • want smoother spreadable cheese? whip it up in the food processor!

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This Pub Cheese Spread recipe is a crowd favorite with its bold flavors. Perfect for any cracker or pretzel!

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Pub Cheese

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Pub Cheese Spread is a CREAMYHOPPY, and FLAVORFUL spread best enjoyed with buttery crackers and salty pretzels! Skip the pub and make your own at home!


  • 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 16 ounces cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) beer
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 dashes hot sauce (optional)


  1. Combine the cream cheese and shredded cheese in a bowl with a hand mixer or spatula.
  2. Add in the horseradish, mustard, garlic powder, and paprika. Stir to combine.
  3. Add in the Worcestershire sauce and the beer. Stir to combine.
  4. Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to use.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g

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