Beer & Cheese Dip

Looking for a quick, easy and cheesy appetizer? This recipe is a perfect snack to pair with a local beer for a night of entertaining or celebrating. Grab your cheese-loving, beer-drinking friends and enjoy!


2 tbsp salted butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp white flour
1/2 – 3/4 bottle of Nova Scotia beer (add extra beer for a more intense beer flavour)
3 cups aged cheddar cheese, grated
 to taste salt
 for garnish green onion or chive (optional)
 8-10  fresh pretzels for dipping (optional)


Preparation time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6-8 people
  1. On low heat, sauté garlic on butter until fragrant in a small saucepan.
  2. Add flour – about 1/3 of a tablespoon at a time, whisking continuously until the mixture thickens.
  3. Turn heat up to medium. Wait a minute for the contents in the pot to come to temperature, then add beer slowly while continuing to whisk.
  4. Allow mixture to simmer on medium heat until it thickens and beer is well absorbed.
  5. Add the cheese a handful at a time. Continue to stir until cheese is fully melted and it has a thick, gooey and even consistency.
  6. Do the taste test!
  7. Add salt if need be, and garnish with green onion or chives if desired.

Local Source Guide

Local Beer: Boxing Rock Brewing, Garrison Brewing Company, Propeller Brewing Company, Saltbox Brewing Company, Meander River Farm & Brewery, Rare Bird, Schoolhouse Brewery, Sober Island Brewery.
Local Cheese:  Knoydart Farm or Fox Hill Cheese House
Pretzels: Boulangerie La Vendéenne

Recipe and Photography provided by:  Jessica Emin, @eatwithjessie

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