Beer Cheese for the Win

January 30, 2015 7:42 PM

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Beer Cheese for the Win

I DIDN’T EVEN realize I missed beer cheese until about a month ago. I was having friends over to watch my doomed Cincinnati Bengals take on the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC wild-card game, and went to a grocery near my Brooklyn apartment to buy some. The dip wasn’t hard to come by when I was growing up in Cincinnati, where it was served at pubs, restaurants and parties. And while I hadn’t had it in years, I suddenly found myself hankering for this sharp, spicy, altogether perfect pairing for pretzels, crackers and, of course, beer.

In the dairy section of the local Key Food I found plenty of cheese dips—nacho and cheddar-jalapeño, Tostitos and Newman’s Own—but nothing with the words “beer cheese” on the label. Refusing to accept defeat, I went online, searching for a beer-cheese recipe I could whip up on my own. I found dozens...

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