What goes good with beer cheese?

Answered by Dustin Gorski

As an expert sommelier and brewer, I have had the pleasure of experimenting with various pairings for cheese. While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to pairing, I can certainly offer some suggestions based on my personal experiences.

1. Pretzels and Pretzel Sticks:
Pretzels are a classic accompaniment to beer cheese and for good reason. The salty and slightly crunchy texture of pretzels complements the creamy and rich flavors of the cheese dip. Whether you opt for traditional pretzels or pretzel sticks, they provide a perfect vehicle for scooping up the warm cheese.

2. Tortilla Chips:
For a twist on the traditional pairing, try serving beer cheese with tortilla chips. The crunchy and slightly salty chips add a different dimension to the dip. I particularly enjoy the contrast between the smoothness of the cheese and the crispy texture of the chips.

3. French or Sourdough Bread:
Chunks of French or sourdough bread are another excellent choice for beer cheese. The crusty exterior and soft, chewy interior of these breads provide a delightful contrast to the creamy dip. Slice the bread into bite-sized pieces or tear it into rustic chunks, allowing guests to dip and savor the combination of flavors.

4. Soft Breadsticks:
Soft breadsticks offer a lighter alternative to traditional bread. They have a delicate texture that pairs well with the richness of beer cheese. These breadsticks are also great for dipping, allowing you to enjoy the flavors in a convenient and mess-free manner.

5. Garlic Crostini Rounds:
If you're looking to add a touch of sophistication to your beer cheese experience, garlic crostini rounds are an excellent choice. These toasted bread rounds with a hint of garlic provide a subtle yet flavorful base for the cheese dip. They can be made by slicing a baguette, brushing the slices with olive oil and garlic, and toasting them in the oven until golden brown.

Dipper possibilities for beer cheese are truly endless, and these are just a few suggestions to get you started. You can also explore other options like vegetable sticks (carrots, celery, and bell peppers), crackers, or even pretzel bun sliders for a unique twist. The key is to find a balance between the flavors, textures, and temperatures of the dip and its accompaniments to create a truly enjoyable and harmonious pairing experience.

Remember, the beauty of pairing food and beverages lies in the exploration and personal preference. So, don't be afraid to experiment and discover your own perfect combination of beer cheese and dippers. Cheers!