Irish Pub Cheese Recipe

Irish Pub Cheese Recipe – Silky smooth and loaded with Irish cheddar and beer flavor. This Pub Cheese Recipe makes a fabulous snack for Saint Patrick’s Day.

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One thing I noticed after marrying a northerner (almost 20 years ago) is that restaurants in certain northern states regularly have an item on their menu that middle American restaurants don’t.

Pub cheese. Beer cheese. Sometimes just called “cheese and crackers.”

These are all appetizers found on casual eateries, containing a crock of creamy spreadable cheese with a distinct flavor, and something crunchy to spread it on.

The rest of us are missing out.

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Sure, southerners have pimento cheese, but it’s just not the same thing.

Pub cheese is completely smooth and very bold in flavor. It’s amazing spread on crackers, pita chips, even apple slices.

Once Lt. Dan introduced my to beer cheese, I had to learn how to make it right away.

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Irish Cheese

Today I’m sharing my quick Irish Pub Cheese recipe made with:

  • Irish cheddar
  • Cream cheese
  • Irish beer
  • And spices

It’s the easiest recipe ever. You simply place the cheddar in a food processor and grind into small pieces. Then add the rest of the ingredients and puree until smooth.

Can Irish Pub Cheese Be Served Hot?

Irish pub cheese is wonderful served at room temperature.

Yes, it can absolutely be heated. Word of warning though, as it cools it might get a little gunky, so my advice would be to serve it in a small crockpot.

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Irish Pub Cheese

Irish Pub Cheese brings together the appeal of strikingly nutty Irish cheddar and a crisp clean Irish lager.

Using a lighter Irish-style beer like Harp, as opposed to the more popular dark stouts, means you get a light airy note of beer without overpowering the cheesy goodness.

How Long Can Pub Cheese Be Stored In The Fridge?

If placed in an airtight container, this Pub Cheese Dip should last 7-10 days in the  refrigerator.

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My whole family is crazy over Irish Pub Cheese, even the kids.

In fact, I’ve made it several times this season already, for family game day parties and neighborhood cocktail hour.

When planning your Saint Paddy’s Day feast this year, make sure to whip up a batch of Irish Pub Cheese to set out before you serve boxties, soda bread, or potato pie.

It’s a great make-ahead for any gathering!

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See The Recipe Card Below For How To Make Irish Pub Cheese. Enjoy!

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Irish Pub Cheese Recipe

Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Irish Pub Cheese Recipe - silky smooth and loaded with Irish cheddar and beer flavor. This Pub Cheese Recipe makes a fabulous snack for Saint Patrick's Day.

Servings: 20 servings
Nutrition Facts
Irish Pub Cheese Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.125 cup)
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 150mg 6%
Potassium 35mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 5.6%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 15.1%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 14 ounces Irish cheddar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup light Irish-style beer (Harp Lager)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  1. Break the cheddar into chunks and place in the food processor. Pulse to break the cheddar up into small pieces.

  2. Add the cream cheese, beer, garlic, ground mustard, and paprika. Puree until completely smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and puree again if needed. Serve with pita chips, bread, crackers, veggies, or apple slices.

Recipe Notes

Serving size is 1/8 cup (.125 cup)

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25 comments on “Irish Pub Cheese Recipe

  1. Pingback: 32 Authentic Irish Recipes for St. Patrick's Day | Decor Dolphin

  2. Marissa White-Knappposted January 17, 2019 at 9:31 am Reply

    Chris Cunningham, the saddest thing I think I’ve ever heard was “Never heard of Irish Cheddar”. If you like cheddar then you must try it! You won’t regret it, I promise! If your store carries it, it probably won’t be in the dairy section where eggs, milk, and cheese are but rather near the deli section. Near the dry salamis and fancy cheeses are. Seek it out.

  3. kcsposted January 7, 2019 at 11:57 am Reply

    Hi! How long can this be stored in the fridge? I imagine at least as long as regular cheddar could be, but is there something about the preparation that shortens its life

    • Sommer Collierposted January 7, 2019 at 12:52 pm Reply

      Hi KCS,

      Yes, if well covered it should last 7-10 days in the fridge. :)

  4. Deborah Schroederposted December 16, 2018 at 10:01 am Reply

    Hi, can this irish pub cheese be served hot?

    • Sommer Collierposted December 19, 2018 at 5:27 pm Reply

      Hi Deborah!

      Yes, but as it cools the texture gets a little “gunky.” If you want to serve it hot, I would keep it in a small crockpot.

  5. K.Tracyposted August 19, 2018 at 9:02 pm Reply

    Use Cheddar cheese and Horseradish…. My favorite pub cheese!

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  7. Chris Cunninghamposted March 20, 2018 at 7:28 pm Reply

    I am from Australia – never heard of Irish Cheddar. We have Kraft Cheddar or Tasty Cheddar so is one of these similar in taste? If not can you suggest a cheese, thanks.

  8. Lauraposted January 21, 2018 at 1:14 pm Reply

    This is delicious! Thanks! I had to add a little extra beer to mine to get it the consistency we like, but otherwise I followed the recipe and it’s perfect! 

  9. Cherylposted March 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply

    We served this with warm pretzel sticks and apple slices. So good!! I’ll be making this a lot from now on.

  10. Jeanposted March 13, 2017 at 11:48 am Reply

    Made this recipe for our St. Patrick’s Day party last year and bookmarked it for this year. Super-easy to make and a big hit with everyone!

  11. Eden Passanteposted June 16, 2016 at 2:11 pm Reply

    Yum!! What a great appetizer idea for a party! Looks so good!

  12. Heatherposted May 5, 2016 at 10:39 am Reply

    Can’t wait to try this! I am assuming that most big grocery stores have this cheese? Also, what kind are your chips that you have on these photos? They look really good. Thanks!

  13. Cassieposted March 11, 2016 at 11:36 pm Reply

    Just in time for my St. Pat’s party next week. Sounds yummy! Thanks for posting.

  14. Mariaposted March 11, 2016 at 8:39 pm Reply

    I could spread anything on a pita chip!

  15. Priscilla | She's Cookin'posted March 11, 2016 at 6:15 pm Reply

    Hmmm, I’m sitting here with two New Englanders who have never heard of Pub Cheese, but it sure sounds good! Me – I’m all about pimento cheese, naturally, but will have to give this a try for St. Patty’s!

    • Sommerposted March 12, 2016 at 5:22 pm Reply

      LOL! Hey Priscilla, maybe this is more of a Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Northern Indian thing. I see it all the time when we visit my husband’s family.

      • Lindaposted May 8, 2016 at 12:04 am

        It’s common in Northern Ohio, too. I can’t wait to make this! Now what will I do with the rest of the bottle of Harp…LOL

      • Susanposted March 20, 2018 at 4:58 pm

        I’m from Boston. Heard and had Pub Cheese all my life. Over fifty years now.

  16. CARRIEposted March 11, 2016 at 5:41 pm Reply

    This looks delicious. Do you use Colman’s dry mustard? Is the garlic minced?

    • Sommerposted March 12, 2016 at 5:21 pm Reply

      Hi Carrie! No need to mince the garlic, and you can use any brand of ground mustard you like. :)

  17. Jessica Fordposted March 11, 2016 at 10:12 am Reply

    I’m from CT and have never heard of Pub Cheese or Beer Cheese.  It looks delicious.  I can’t wait to try it.

  18. Jess W.posted March 11, 2016 at 9:26 am Reply

    Wow. This sounds awesome! My husband’s Granny is from Wisconsin (we are in Texas) and she always sends the BEST cheeses. I’m going to have to try this out! Great post!

  19. AlliJBposted March 11, 2016 at 7:21 am Reply

    Yay!  I cannot wait to try this recipe.  Whole Foods near us made this for awhile and then stopped.  Now we can only find highly processed crap that does not taste good.  Thanks for sharing xoxo A