What Is Pub Cheese? Is It Different from Beer Cheese?

Sure, some fancy cheeses can only be enjoyed by dukes and duchesses of elite stature, but most cheeses are proudly “of the people.” None more so than pub cheese. A bowl of this stuff paired with a bag of pretzels or pita chips will put a smile on anyone’s face, prince OR pauper! Today, we take a good hard look (or in this case, a creamy, spreadable look) at what pub cheese is, how to make it, and, hopefully, where we can find some immediately!

What is pub cheese?

Pub cheese is a popular spreadable cheese made with grated cheddar or gouda, cream cheese, beer, and spices. The seasonings usually include things like dry mustard powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and Worcestershire sauce. 

How to make pub cheese?

The easiest way to make your own pub cheese is to use a food processor. Combine cheddar cheese (or gouda, or both if you’re feeling adventurous) with cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, garlic powder, and onion powder in a food processor and pulse until the ingredients are all mixed together. Then, turn the food processor to high and slowly pour in the beer (go for a lager beer or something that’s not too hoppy); blend until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped chives, and commence to dipping or spreading, my friend! 

Can you melt pub cheese?

Yes, if you’re using store-bought, refrigerated pub cheese, you can gently warm pub cheese to transform it from a thick spread into an easy, breezy dip, perfect for dunking crackers, chips, pretzels, vegetables, or if you’re ready for the derision of your peers, your entire face. 

How to eat pub cheese?

With a name like “pub cheese” there really shouldn’t be any worry that you’re going to consume it incorrectly. There are no haughty butlers around to tell you you’re using the wrong “pub cheese fork” here! You can use it as a dip, melt it over fries or nachos, or even use it as a condiment for burgers and sandwiches. Some folks even elevate it by incorporating it into a charcuterie board or snack board. 

What is the difference between pub cheese and beer cheese?

Fans of the popular reality series Vanderpump Rules may have seen a recent arc in which two characters decide to start their own bar that features “Mamaw’s Beer Cheese” as an in-house specialty. What is this “beer cheese” and what makes it different from our beloved pub cheese? Well, pub cheese is a spreadable cheese made with beer…BUT it can also always be made without beer for an alcohol-free snack. On the other side of the coin (Mamaw’s, apparently), the aptly named “beer cheese” ALWAYS contains beer. All beer cheese is pub cheese but not all pub cheese is beer cheese. 

The nicest thing about pub cheese is you don’t need to go to a rowdy pub in order to get it. Enjoy the delicious cheesy goodness right from the comfort of your own home, where the only brawls happening are ones on your own terms! Just don’t get tossed through one of your own windows!

About the Author

Joe Rumrill

Joe Rumrill is a fictional one-eyed spinach-loving sailor created in 1929 by E.C Se- Wait, no, that's not right... Joe Rumrill is a stand up comedian and writer currently based in Los Angeles. His favorite thing about food is a close tie between the taste and the nutrients one gets from it. His least favorite thing about it is the "gritty, dirt-like quality some food has", but he's most likely referring to the time in third grade he was dared to eat playground sand.

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