Guinness Cheddar Dip is like an Irish version of beer cheese and is a terrific last-minute appetizer to make for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
We are actually hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party for the first time in many years so I need some good Irish(ish) snacks for the festivities. Guinness Cheddar Dip is so fast to mix together. Buy some frozen pretzels or pretzel bites for dipping and you are ready to go.
What’s the food that first comes to your mind when thinking of St. Patrick’s Day? I used to think of beer first so it makes sense to want to mix an Irish beer like Guinness into my food for St. Patrick’s Day. I like making Reuben sandwiches for a family dinner if the holiday isn’t on a weekend but I have a great Reuben Dip to try too. I’ve made a really delicious chocolate cake with Guinness before too. You can find that recipe here.
Tips for making Guinness Cheddar Dip:
- Find a good Irish cheddar cheese and shred it yourself – do not use pre-shredded cheddar for this recipe
- Make this dip in advance and allow it to chill for a couple of hours in the fridge before serving it so the flavors have a chance to blend
- Pretzels found in the frozen section of your grocery make excellent dippers for this Guinness Cheddar Dip
- This dip is great for serving at March Madness parties too
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Guinness Cheddar Dip
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1/3 cup Guinness beer
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp brown (pub style) mustard
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 oz Irish cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup green onions finely chopped
- 12 small soft pretzels baked from frozen
- With a hand or stand mixer, whip together the softened cream cheese with the Guinness, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic powder and salt until smooth.
- Add the shredded Irish cheddar cheese and blend on low until combined.
- Fold in the chopped green onions with a spatula.
- Place the dip in a bowl and cover. Refrigerate for two hours before serving.
- Serve the Guinness cheddar dip with baked soft pretzels.
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Allison Mattina says
I didn’t think I was hungry until I saw this. Wow, I need to make this pronto!
Yes you do!
Christina Shoemaker says
Guinness and two types of cheeses?! YES PLEASE. This sounds awesome!
Jacqueline Meldrum says
I would never have thought of putting beer in a dip. Now I am intrigued.
Yep, you should totally try it!
Emily Rampton says
This dip looks so amazing! Seriously perfect timing for a Saint Patrick’s day appetizer!
Thanks very much Emily 🙂
This looks so fresh and perfect for St. Patricks day! Your photo’s are fabulous too!
Thanks so much Kathi I appreciate the compliment about the pics!
Melissa B says
I was looking for some Irish themed appetizers for a party I’m going to on St Patrick’s Day and this looks so easy and sounds amazing! My local Grocery Store has pretzel balls that you can buy and bake, so that will be a perfect accompaniment!!
So glad to hear this. I was actually looking for pretzel bites (I had seen them at my store before) but of course the day I went to make this for photographing all I could find were the full-sized pretzels. I hope you like it. Come back and let us know what you think!
Tracy | Baking Mischief says
This sounds so good. I love soft pretzels with cheese dip, and adding Guinness!? Even better!!
Totally pinning this appetizer! It looks delish and perfect for St. Paddy’s Day!
Thank you for the pin!
Omgosh stahhhhp it…I nothing but WANT this in my face right now. I love the ingredient lineup and it reminds me of a cheese dip I make…only without the Guinness, which is clearly making your dip a WINNER! Pinning for later…just YUMMM!
Glad you like it – thanks so much Traci!
What an awesome alternative to plain ol chips and dip! Love beer and cheddar together so this can only be good!
It’s so good. The hot pretzels really make this dip extra special.
Great recipe for a St. Patrick’s Day party! I’d add 1/2 the suggested salt and Worcestershire sauce next time, as it’s a bit too salty for my liking, especially with crackers.
Good point on less salt with crackers – the Rye bread I toasted didn’t have any salt. Thank you for the feedback!
Question: I am interested in making this for a party I’m hosting this weekend (St. Paddy’s themed, ’tis the season!) Realizing that the bailey’s curdles when dropped into Guinness in an Irish Car Bomb, I’m curious if the same curdling reaction happens when the Guinness is added to the dairy in this recipe?
So sorry for the late reply. No, there is no curdling here. Not sure of the science behind the difference LOL
I MUST try this! I love the idea of Guinness in this dip.
Come back and let us know what you think.
What a fun new way to prepare dip. It’s the first time we add beer in a dip and it won’t be the last.
Glad to hear it!
Courtney | Love & Good Stuff says
Pretzels, cheese and Guinness?! This dip has my name written all over it. Can’t wait to try this one!
Yep, it’s hard to resist.
Now this is a delicious dip just in time for the Spring/Summer! I love how easy it is to make!
Thank you Shanika.
Carrie Robinson says
This would be so perfect for St. Patrick’s Day entertaining! Looks delicious. 🙂
It is. Your guests will love it.
Just made this for St Patrick’s tomorrow with my boyfriend. We love beer cheese and normally make a regular cheddar beer cheese dip that’s served hot. This tastes so good!!!! I just took a sneak bite!! Can’t wait for him to try it!!
Love hearing this. Thanks for taking the time to rate and comment!
Tastes great! Can’t wait to share with family on St Patrick’s Day. I do have a question. Why does dip in your photos look pure white? Mine is definitely a little tan color…expected with the Guinness and Worstershire.
Photo editing 🙂 I needed to lighten up the photos and in the process it made the dip appear whiter than it actually is. I’m glad you like the taste!!
I rarely review recipes, because I always end up changing them, lol. Not this one! Oh my gosh, so good!!! I made it exactly as written except I used a food processor. My little handheld mixer just wasn’t up to the job. Great recipe!
What a nice comment! I appreciate you taking the time to rate my recipe. I’m happy you enjoyed it. Thank you!