How to Make Beer Cheese Sauce

Beer cheese sauce is a simple way to add a wow factor to your appetizer table. It can be used as a dip for chips or pretzels, added to hot dogs or hamburgers or used for the most unforgettable nachos you can make at home. Learning the simple basics will make this one of the easiest dishes you create for all your get-togethers.

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If your sauce separates, use an immersion blender to blend it back together.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ½ cup whole milk

  • 1 cup pale ale

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder

  • Dash hot pepper sauce

  • 12 wt oz cheddar cheese, grated

Step 1

Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium high heat.

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Step 2

Whisk in the flour and cornstarch.

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Step 3

Whisk in the milk, pale ale, mustard powder and hot pepper sauce. Allow to come to a very low simmer but do not boil.

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Step 4

A handful at a time, add the cheese and whisk until completely melted before adding more cheese. Repeat until all the cheese has been added.

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Step 5

Add to a serving bowl and serve warm.

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