Irish Pub Cheese

6-Ingredient Irish Pub Cheese | ASpicyPerspective.comSilky smooth Irish Pub Cheese with a perky cheddar-beer flavor. Perfect for dipping and spreading this Saint Patrick’s Day.

Silky-Smooth Irish Pub Cheese |
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One thing I noticed after marrying a northerner (almost 17 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 were missing out.

Zesty Irish Pub Cheese |

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.

I had to learn how to make it right away.

Making Irish Pub 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.

Easy Irish Pub Cheese |

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

Easy Irish Pub Cheese for Saint Patrick's Day! |

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!

Irish Pub Cheese for Saint Patrick's Day! |

Irish Pub Cheese

Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Prep Time:5 minutes

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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Irish Pub Cheese Recipe – Silky smooth and loaded with Irish cheddar and beer flavor. This Pub Cheese Recipe make a fabulous snack for Saint Patrick’s Day.


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

Nutrition Information

Yield: 2 1/2 cups, Serving Size: 1/20th recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 121 Calories
  • Total Fat: 9.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.8g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg
  • Sodium: 143mg
  • Carbohydrates: 2.5g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 5.6g
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19 comments on “Irish Pub Cheese

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

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

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  3. 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.

  4. 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! 

    Rating: 5
  5. 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.

    Rating: 5
  6. 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!

    Rating: 5
  7. Eden Passanteposted June 16, 2016 at 2:11 pm Reply

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

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

    I could spread anything on a pita chip!

  11. 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.

  12. 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. :)

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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