Beer Mac and Cheese

Easy and addictive Beer Mac and Cheese! A Mac and Cheese Recipe so simple, yet so complex in flavor, you’ll find every possible occasion to make it.

BEER MAC AND CHEESE RECIPE on #macandcheese #beer

I live in Beer City USA, Asheville North Carolina… for those of you who didn’t know.

Asheville is serious about its beer. So much so, that as much as I know about food, I often feel like a beer-reject.

Friends who home-brew (or at least consider themselves beer connoisseurs) talk about hops and barley, yet I just sip and smile.


However, I can tell you about cooking with beer. Beer in food provides a rich malty quality that complements many savory ingredients like grains, cheeses, meats and vegetables.

Today we’re making a simple (and I do mean simple) mac and cheese recipe with a beer-based cheese sauce.

EASY BEER MAC AND CHEESE RECIPE on #macandcheese #beer

This lovely little 5 ingredient dish starts with a 3 ingredient cheese sauce using:

  • Beer for Flavor.
  • Cheddar Cheese for Flavor.
  • Cream Cheese for Creamy Smoothness.

It’s important to pick a light crisp beer that you love to drink. If you don’t like beer, that’s ok… you’ll still love this dish. Just chose a light crisp beer that people you know love to drink.

Using a dark heavy beer will oversaturate the flavor and you’ll loose the cheesy goodness. I like to pair the beer with cheddar, but if you have another strong-flavored easy-melting favorite, feel free to substitute cheeses. The cream cheese, however, is a must. It provides the rich sauciness that coats the pasta evenly.

Whisk the beer, cheddar, and cream cheese over heat until smooth and melty. Then toss in cooked macaroni and stir to coat.

The only thing that could make this simple beer mac and cheese recipe one step better, is to add a little bacon.


Ahhhh! There you go.

Enjoy beer mac and cheese as a main dish, a side dish, and definitely with a friend and a couple pints.

…Or enjoy it alone at midnight when no one is looking. I won’t tell.

Beer Mac and Cheese Recipe

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

4.5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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  • 1 pound DeLallo macaroni noodles
  • 12 ounce bottle beer (I used an IPA.)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 pound shredded cheddar, off the block (not pre-shredded)
  • 1 cup crumbled bacon


  1. Place a large pot of salted water on the stove to boil. Once boiling, cook the macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, pour a bottle of beer in a second large pot. (Choose a light crisp beer that you like to drink.) Place the pot over high heat, and add the cream cheese. As the beer starts to simmer, break the cream cheese into pieces with a whisk and whisk into the beer.  Add the shredded cheddar. Warm and whisk until completely smooth.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, pour it into the cheese sauce. Reduce the heat to low, then stir and cook another 3 minutes to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To serve, scoop the beer mac and cheese into bowls and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

NOTE: If you let the mac and cheese sit too long and it firms up, place back over heat and stir in a little water to loosen the sauce.

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50 comments on “Beer Mac and Cheese

  1. riya jainposted March 19, 2019 at 3:05 pm Reply

    such an amazing recipe . just loved it so much
    mac and cheese

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  6. Kellyposted February 1, 2016 at 10:10 pm Reply

    Just made this, IT’S A KEEPER!! Made it with Blue Moon, a Belgian style wheat ale. I think you need to make this with beer you LIKE to drink. I love Blue Moon, I love this recipe with it. Best mac n cheese I’ve made yet, and I’ve made SOOO many looking for the one. Who know I just needed to make it with good beer. Excellent recipe! Can’t wait for summer cookouts to share this with friends and family.

    Rating: 5
  7. Krisposted May 24, 2015 at 7:31 am Reply

    Looking for some recommendations for the different beers people used in this dish that made it so good? Thanks!

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  12. Lisaposted January 1, 2015 at 9:07 am Reply

    DEE-licious! I added extra cheese + breadcrumbs sauteed in butter on top and popped in oven to brown. Winner! Thanks for this delightful recipe!

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  14. Vanessaposted November 11, 2014 at 9:47 am Reply

    the best combination, cheese and bacon and with macaroni is deivin.

  15. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cookingposted November 11, 2014 at 8:16 am Reply

    This mac and cheese sounds like the King of all Mac&Cheese!!! Love the addition of beer. Pretty sure my husband will absolutely love this dish! I don’t know much about beer either, but I usually just ask the nice, young men in the ABC store what is good and they have yet to disappoint! :Pinned

  16. [email protected]posted November 7, 2014 at 10:19 am Reply

    Mac and Cheese with no roux or bechamel? Color me intrigued – must try!

  17. Betty Lynneposted October 30, 2014 at 6:11 am Reply

    I made this as well and while I used an IPA, the beer was a bit too hoppy for me too. However, the cheesiness of it was wonderful! I am planning to try again with a lighter beer (maybe a Corona?) to see what that’s like. Loved the creaminess of it and it was so simple to make!

    Rating: 4
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  19. Stephanieposted October 14, 2014 at 2:41 pm Reply

    I’m from WI where Beer Cheese is a huge deal and I found this recipe and tried it out. It just wasn’t for me. It just didn’t taste quite right to me and my boyfriend. Others may disagree and it could just be us, but it was fun trying it out.

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  22. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted September 12, 2014 at 9:16 am Reply

    Wonderful! This sounds awesome!

  23. PassTheKnifeposted September 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm Reply

    Wow, using cream cheese really does make making Mac & Cheese easier! Can’t wait to try it out!

  24. heather @french pressposted September 11, 2014 at 11:26 am Reply

    this sounds divine! you gotta love a good mac and cheese

  25. Tracy | PeanutButter and Onionposted September 11, 2014 at 9:29 am Reply

    I’m a little sad to see this recipe, it means summer is over, on the other hand I welcome the comfort food! great recipe, my whole family will love it.

  26. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted September 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm Reply

    Sommer, I am REALLY tempted to make this for a bedtime snack. ;)

  27. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainerposted September 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm Reply

    I love this comfort food recipe, makes me excited for fall!

  28. Gabyposted September 10, 2014 at 1:21 pm Reply

    Amazing comfort food!

  29. amanda @ fake gingerposted September 10, 2014 at 1:17 pm Reply

    Oh goodness, I would like an entire pot of this for dinner tonight.

  30. Candiceposted September 10, 2014 at 12:18 pm Reply

    Wow – I can’t wait to try this! Also, can I live with you?

  31. Shainaposted September 10, 2014 at 11:45 am Reply

    This looks incredible.

  32. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted September 10, 2014 at 9:00 am Reply

    I know we will love this.

  33. [email protected]posted September 10, 2014 at 8:54 am Reply

    I’ll have a double helping, please and thank you!

  34. Naomiposted September 10, 2014 at 8:40 am Reply

    beer macaroni and cheese- yes, please!!

  35. Liz @ Floating Kitchenposted September 10, 2014 at 8:25 am Reply

    I love how simple this is, Sommer! Looks so delicious! Beer + cheese + noodles = amazing!

  36. Christine at Cook the Storyposted September 10, 2014 at 7:49 am Reply

    This looks crazy good!

  37. Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasyposted September 10, 2014 at 7:48 am Reply

    I love Asheville! I went there a few years ago for a friend’s wedding and fell in love! I love this recipe. I could eat mac ‘n’ cheese for any meal any day of the week, but my husband isn’t as big of a fan. However, with the addition of beer, I think I could convince him to eat mac ‘n’ cheese every night this week. :)

  38. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted September 10, 2014 at 7:43 am Reply

    Tailgate and fall approved! Pass me a fork!

  39. Marla Meridithposted September 10, 2014 at 7:42 am Reply

    This recipe looks amazing & I love the type treatment in the bowl :)

  40. Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted September 10, 2014 at 7:42 am Reply

    Here in WI we are VERY into our beer and cheese, so this dish would win over the entire state!

  41. Mariaposted September 10, 2014 at 7:23 am Reply

    Great fall meal!

  42. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted September 10, 2014 at 7:21 am Reply

    Beer AND bacon??? I want to come eat at your house. This sounds amazing!

  43. Jenny @ The Peachy Pairposted September 10, 2014 at 7:13 am Reply

    Yowza! I need this in my life!

  44. Jenny Flakeposted September 10, 2014 at 7:09 am Reply

    Mmmmm! Love a good mac!!

  45. Bri | Bites of Briposted September 10, 2014 at 6:48 am Reply

    The ultimate comfort food. Period!

  46. Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knifeposted September 10, 2014 at 6:44 am Reply

    WOW, just WOW… I am in love with this mac n cheese and I am pretty sure it’ll win my hubby over in less than a second ;)

  47. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted September 10, 2014 at 6:25 am Reply

    Genius Sommer! What a great idea to add a depth of flavor to a classic comfort dish!

  48. Betty Lynneposted September 10, 2014 at 6:16 am Reply

    Oh. my. This is going on the must-have list for fall menus! Simple, cheesy, and it’s got bacon — heaven!

  49. dcposted September 10, 2014 at 6:15 am Reply

    BBEEEEEERRRR (thingk Homer Simpson saying it). My sons are going to freak when I make this! Ok it’s legal they’re 23, 21 and …ummm well 20. lol. Thanks for sharing we all love mac and cheese and of course beer!

  50. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blogposted September 10, 2014 at 7:58 am Reply

    Are you kidding me — HOLY CRAP YES!! Could there be anything more comforting, and “homey” as beer and macaroni and cheese — total win!!

    Rating: 5