Kentucky Beer Cheese

Blend up a crock of bluegrass tradition
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Kentucky Beer Cheese
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Stroll into some older Kentucky taverns and you'll find a communal crock of beer cheese on the bar. And if you do, sit down and help yourself. Though it is, as advertised, a blend of beer and cheese, the addition of vinegar, garlic and Worcestershire sauce gives this thick spread a racehorse-strong kick that just might knock you off your stool.

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Kentucky Beer Cheese

Recipe adapted from Kat Kinsman, Editor in Chief

Yield: 3 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus chilling time

Cook Time: N/A

Total Time: 10 minutes, plus chilling time


1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, cubed, at room temperature

4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled, at room temperature

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup stout beer, at room temperature

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon dry mustard

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

Crackers and rye bread, for serving


1. In a food processor, combine both cheeses and the butter and pulse until thoroughly incorporated. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth.

2. Transfer to a container, then cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours to let the flavors meld. Serve with crackers and rye bread.

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