Beer Cheese Fondue

A creamy combination of Havarti and Gouda cheese along with pale ale and caramelized onions. This is the most decadent beer cheese fondue you’ll ever try and will surely feed your appetite for discovery.

Overhead shot of beer cheese fondue in a black cast iron skillet with bacon on top.

This post has been sponsored by Castello® Cheese. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Why Castello Cheese

-Castello cheese has been offering a large range of creatively crafted cheeses since 1893, meant for indulgent sensations every day.

-Shaw’s offers a great assortment of different Castello cheeses that appeal to varying taste preferences.

-Their Creamy Havarti cheese is soft and, of course, creamy, which is perfect for cheese fondue. It also has a hint of tanginess.

-Their Gouda cheese has a rich, buttery flavor that’s slightly sweet and super smooth. It really stands out in this fondue recipe.

Overhead shot of ingredients needed to make beer cheese fondue.

How to Melt Cheese for the Creamiest Consistency

-Melted cheese will have the best, most creamy consistency if it’s at room temperature prior to being melted.

-Avoid using cheese that’s pre-shredded. The cheese melts best if it’s purchased as a block and shredded or sliced at home.

Avoid aged cheeses. Stay away from hard cheeses like Parmesan. Those won’t melt nearly as well.

-Add the cheese to a warm base gradually. If the liquid is too hot, the fat from the cheese will separate too quickly and the consistency will be grainy or clumpy.

Process shots of butter in pan and onions in pan to make beer cheese fondue. caramelized onions in a cast iron skillet. Unmelted cheese in a cast iron skillet next to melted cheese in cast iron skillet.

What To Serve With Cheese Fondue

-Cheese Fondue is so versatile and can be served with an assortment of items for dipping, some of which include vegetables (raw or grilled), crackers, crusty artisan bread, and pretzels.

Best Beer for Beer Cheese Fondue

Pale ale makes a great choice for beer cheese fondue. Red Ale also pairs well with the Gouda and Havarti cheeses in this recipe. Feel free to use a simple light beer as well.

-Avoid beers that are overly bitter.

Can Cheese Fondue Be Reheated?

-Although cheese fondue is best if served immediately, it can be reheated.

-Store it in the refrigerator for up to three days and reheat slowly on the stove top. Make sure to stir it sufficiently to allow it to recombine.

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Beer Cheese Fondue
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

A creamy combination of Havarti and Gouda cheese along with pale ale and caramelized onions. this is the most decadent beer cheese fondue you’ll ever try!

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup pale ale
  • 8 oz. Castello® Havarti Creamy cheese cubed and at room temperature
  • 7 oz. Castello® Gouda cheese cubed and at room temperature
  • 4 strips bacon cooked and crumbled
  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a 1-quart saucepan on the stove or in a fondue pot.
  2. Dice up the onions, not too finely as they will shrink down.
  3. Add the onions to the melted butter and heat until caramelized, stirring occasionally. Decrease the heat if needed. Caramelization should take about 20 minutes or so.
  4. Add the flour to the onions and stir to combine. Cook for one minute, stirring continuously.
  5. Add in the nutmeg, then stir in the beer and let it thicken and reduce for approximately 15 minutes.

  6. Turn the heat off, and allow the beer base to cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Gradually add the room temperature cheeses to the pot and let it melt slowly for the best consistency. Use a silicone spatula to stir as it melts.
  8. Once the cheese is melted and combined, garnish the top with cooked bacon.
  9. Serve with crusty French bread and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Information
Calories: 361, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 655mg, Potassium: 121mg, Carbohydrates: 4g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 19g, Vitamin A: 605%, Vitamin C: 1.6%, Calcium: 465%, Iron: 0.3%
Author: Stephanie
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beer Cheese Dip, Beer Cheese Fondue