Irish Cheddar Pub Cheese

by | Mar 4, 2019 | All, Appetizers, Sponsored

Rich cheddar cheese and a nip of Irish beer give this easy, make-ahead Irish Cheddar Pub Cheese recipe an irresistibly tangy flavor – perfect party food!

Two small bowls of Irish Cheddar Pub Cheese surrounded by sliced vegetables, pretzels and breadsticks. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing appetizer for your next happy hour, look no further than this Irish Cheddar Pub Cheese. Creamy, spreadable and tailor-made for pretzels, this pub cheese is a traditional bar snack that’s easy to make at home.

What is pub cheese?

Let’s start with what it’s not. It’s not beer cheese dip, even though it does contain a modest amount of beer and lots of cheddar cheese.

Pub cheese marries the flavors of rich and creamy Kerrygold® Aged Cheddar Cheese, zesty horseradish, zippy mustard and tangy Worcestershire sauce. The result is a bold cheese spread that is a perfect partner for anything crunchy and is sure to be an instant party favorite.

How do you make Irish Cheddar Pub Cheese?

A food processor makes easy work of this pub cheese recipe. It shreds your cheese, processes your ingredients and makes a smooth, creamy spread in a hurry.

Start by shredding your cheese in the bowl of the food processor. Next add all of the remaining ingredients except for the beer and process until thoroughly combined. You’ll need to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is mixed together. The only thing left to do is add in the beer. Pretty simple stuff!

Two small bowls of Irish Cheddar Pub Cheese. Nearby are sliced cucumbers, peeled carrots, pretzels and seeded breadsticks. Is this pub cheese more like a spread or a dip?

You have options to make this recipe more spread-like or more dip-like. All you need to do is vary the amount of beer you add to it.

I prefer a thicker spread, so you’ll see a small amount of beer added to the ingredients. But if you want something that you can dunk your pretzels and veggies in, then stream more beer into the mixture until you get the consistency you like.

Can I make this pub cheese recipe in advance?

Yes! In fact, I encourage you to make it in advance and let it hang out in the fridge overnight. This gives the flavors a chance to mingle and develop even more (that is, if you can resist sneaking bites out of the food processor like I do). 

Tip: If you make a thicker spread, I encourage you to bring the pub cheese to room temperature before you serve it. If you try to eat it chilled and straight from the fridge, it won’t spread as easily as it will after it’s had some time to warm up. 

What do you eat with Irish Pub Cheese? 

Hands down my favorite thing to eat with pub cheese is pretzels. There is something so irresistible about that creamy, crunchy, salty combination. But I also enjoy sturdy veggies like carrots and cucumber slices with this cheese spread. Crunchy, seeded breadsticks make a tasty flavor combo, too.

Small bowls of Irish Cheddar Pub Cheese surrounded by fresh cucumbers, carrots, crunchy breadsticks and pretzels. How long will this cheese spread last in the refrigerator? 

This recipe will easily hang out for a few weeks in the fridge without sacrificing flavor. It’s a great recipe to keep on hand if you need an appetizer for your party but need something that can be made ahead of time. Plus the flavors continue to develop as it sits, so you actually benefit from making this baby in advance. 

You’ve gotta love recipes that do most of the heavy lifting for you. This Irish Cheddar Pub Cheese recipe is one of them. Bookmark it today! 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kerrygold®. We only share products with you that we personally use and love. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Garnish with Lemon possible. 

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Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Irish Cheddar Pub Cheese

Irish Cheddar Pub Cheese

If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing appetizer for your next happy hour, look no further than this Irish Cheddar Pub Cheese. Creamy, spreadable and tailor-made for pretzels, this pub cheese is a traditional bar snack that’s easy to make at home.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 8 ounces Kerrygold Aged Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 3 ounces Irish beer


  1. Place all ingredients except beer in a food processor and process until well combined, stopping to scrape down sides of processor as needed. Stream 1 ounce of beer into processor and mix until completely incorporated. If you desire more of a dip than a spread, mix in the extra beer one ounce at a time until you find the consistency you like.  
  2. Serve immediately or store covered in fridge. Allow to come to room temperature before serving for best flavor. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

4 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 509mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g

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