Vegan Beer Cheese comes together in only 10 minutes! No cashews or blender needed. The ultra creamy sauce goes perfectly with pretzel bites and is the ultimate game day comfort food!

pretzel bite being dipped into cheese sauce, pulled out showing it dripping down into the bowl

I’m no stranger to incredible vegan cheese dips. Just look at my Vegan Queso, Easy Vegan Nacho Cheese, Vegan Queso Blanco, Best All Purpose Vegan Cheese Sauce and Vegan Jalapeño Popper Dip.

But this Vegan Beer Cheese right here, this one wins them all.

Beer cheese is pub food at its best, and no one will guess it’s dairy free. Pair with a batch of these Vegan Pretzel Bites, and you’ll be in snacking heaven!

9 simple ingredients, 10 minutes, 1 pot and NO blender needed. Let’s go!

a spoon stirring cheese sauce in a pot

How to make vegan beer cheese

This is an overview with photos of the process. For the complete, printable recipe, scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom.

It’s so easy! Get out a medium sized pot.

Melt the vegan butter over medium heat, then whisk in the flour.

whisking flour, butter in a pot

Slowly pour in the beer and then plant milk, whisking as you pour.

a pot with thick mixture and milk added with a whisk

Cook for about 5 minutes, until it thickens a bit. Stir in the spices, salt and pepper.

pot with milk mixture and spices, whisk in it

Add shredded vegan cheese and stir until completely melted and smooth. That’s it!

staub pot on white marble background, creamy sauce and shredded cheese added on top

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I make it gluten free? Pretty easy. Substitute a gluten free flour mix for all purpose flour.
  2. What is the best beer for beer cheese? I prefer an ale or IPA. Darker beers will make it a bit more bitter, but use what you prefer.
  3. Is there a non-alcoholic version? You can use non-alcoholic beer, or use more plant milk in place of the beer.
  4. What kind of vegan cheese works best? I used Whole Food’s 365 brand of vegan cheddar cheese shreds. LOVE THEM. Violife also works well. Use your favorite brand that you know you like the taste.
pan full of beer cheese dip, a spoon is drizzling some into the pot

Serve with pretzel bites, tortilla chips, vegan fried chicken, add to a veggie burger or burrito bowl or anywhere else you please. It’s AMAZING on everything!

square photo of a pretzel being dipped into vegan beer cheese sauce

Vegan Beer Cheese

Vegan Beer Cheese comes together in only 10 minutes! No cashews or blender needed. The ultra creamy sauce goes perfectly with pretzel bites and is the ultimate game day comfort food!
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Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour, or gluten free flour mix
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or soy, cashew, oat
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • few shakes ground black pepper
  • 3 cups shredded vegan cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, melt the vegan butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until combined.
  • Add the beer slowly to the pot, whisking as you pour. Slowly add the milk as well and whisk until smooth.
  • Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until it has thickened somewhat. Add the garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and stir in.
  • Now add the shredded vegan cheese and stir until completely melted and smooth. Increase the heat if needed to help it melt. Serve immediately with vegan pretzel bites, tortilla chips, vegan fried chicken or put in on a burger! Enjoy.
  • Leftover beer cheese will keep covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Simply reheat and stir before serving. It can also be frozen, but the texture is better fresh.

Notes

  1. Gluten free – I haven’t tested it, but you can likely use gluten free flour in place of the all purpose flour. Use a quality mix, NOT almond flour. 
  2. Without beer – While the beer is essential for that ‘beer cheese’ flavor, you can make it without if needed. Simply substitute 1/2 cup more plant milk. Or use non-alcoholic beer.
  3. What kind of beer to use – I prefer an IPA or ale for a lighter flavor.
  4. What milk is best? I used unsweetened almond milk, but soy or cashew are also good choices. Even oat or hemp will work, just make absolutely sure there is NO sweetener or vanilla added.
  5. What cheese is best? I used Whole Food’s 365 brand of vegan cheddar shreds. Violife also works well, as well as Follow Your Heart or Daiya. Use your favorite!

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 10 servings, Calories: 150kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 513mg, Potassium: 9mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 171IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 1mg

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