Legend has it that this addictive spread/dip was created about a century ago in a Louisville saloon and served with crackers to any customer ordering a five-cent lager. Today in Kentucky, there are as many varieties of beer cheese as hot browns, some spread on crusty bread, crackers, and rye rounds, others used as dips for raw vegetable sticks. It can be made with all cheddar or a combination of cheeses, and each host or hostess has his or her favorite (and secret) seasonings. Since beer cheese keeps well, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week, I usually make it (like Pimento Cheese Spread) in large quantities, ready to serve at last-minute cocktail get-togethers or teas.
Shred the cheddar finely into a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, and mash with a fork till well blended. Add the garlic, chives, dry mustard, Worcestershire, Tabasco, and salt and beat with an electric mixer till well blended. Gradually add the beer, beating till the spread is smooth. (To transform the spread into a dip, beat in about
Serve the spread with toast points, crackers, or rye rounds (or as a dip, with raw vegetable sticks).
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