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Beer Cheese Sauce
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Beer Cheese Sauce

How do you make cheese sauce even better? Let's add some beer and some brine from pickled jalapeños! With just a handful of simple ingredients you'll have a cheese sauce you won't want to stop eating! Makes the perfect game day appetizer with soft pretzels or just on top of french fries or steamed broccoli.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: appetizer, beer, cheese, game day, sauce
Servings: 4
Calories: 395kcal


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup beer of your choice
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon brine from pickled jalapeño jar optional
  • 2 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar 8 oz brick
  • pickled jalapeños for garnish optional


  • Melt the butter in a frying pan or a pot, over medium heat. As soon as it's melted, add the flour.
  • Whisk the flour into the butter, cooking for about a minute or so, or until there is no raw flour.
  • Add the beer and whisk it in. It will be a bit pasty, that's fine. Slowly whisk the milk in until it's fully incorporated and smooth. Add the jalapeño juice if using and heat milk over medium, stopping before a boil. This only takes a few minutes.
  • Slowly add the cheese and whisk together. Serve hot. Optionally, garnish with a few pickled jalapeños.


Use the beer of your choice. I like sharp cheddar for my cheese sauce. You can try mild or medium if you prefer.
*Nutritional information is an estimate and intended for informational purposes only, and not to be used as medical or dietary advice.  Estimate is for one serving.


Calories: 395kcal