Wisconsin Beer Dip

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Wisconsin Beer Dip | Dip Recipe | Easy Appetizer Recipe | simplywhisked.com

Beer dip is a tradition in Wisconsin. You will find it at almost all football gatherings, graduation parties or function requiring someone to bring a dish to pass. It’s a combination of two types of cheese and beer, so you have all your basic Wisconsin food groups there. It has a really unique flavor, making it a great alternative to your regular chips and dip. You can even vary the flavor by using various types of beer, but you can use any you have on hand.

Wisconsin Beer Dip | Dip Recipe | Easy Appetizer Recipe | simplywhisked.com

This recipe was taught to me by my friend, Sarah, and for some reason it took me a really long time for me to remember how to make it. I had to keep having her remind me how to make. I finally wrote it down and photographed it last year (so please excuse the not-so-great photo), but I somehow forgot all about it until I was scrounging through my photography archives the other day. So I just had to share, especially since there aren’t many more football gatherings left this year.

Wisconsin Beer Dip | Dip Recipe | Easy Appetizer Recipe | simplywhisked.com

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Wisconsin Beer Dip

  • Yield: 16 1x


  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/31/2 cup beer
  • 1 1-ounce packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Pretzels, for serving


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, beer and ranch seasoning until smooth.
  2. Spread mixture evenly over a plate or serving platter.
  3. Top with shredded cheese. Serve with pretzels.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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    gaston hammer (@84__gaston)
    January 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Wish to be young again, now the only gathering is to see our G.G. Grandson
    playing Mosquito Hockey. Let the fun to others.

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      Melissa Belanger
      January 11, 2014 at 12:04 am

      It must be wonderful to get to watch him play hockey. You are so lucky!

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    January 3, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Oh I need to try this! And I have all the ingredients on hand. Fabulous! I love surprising The Hubby with things I think he will just love.

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      Melissa Belanger
      January 4, 2014 at 12:05 am

      I hope he loves it. It’s perfect for watching football!

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    January 7, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    What a fun idea for the Superbowl! I’ve never heard of this, even though I grew up in the midwest. Love your site… I just noticed we both use the same theme.

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      Melissa Belanger
      January 10, 2014 at 12:20 am

      Nice! I love the foodie theme. You have to try this dip. If you’re from the midwest you will obviously love it 🙂

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    February 20, 2014 at 10:49 am

    What kind of beer do you use?? Do you recommend a like dark or light beer or something different??

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      Renee P
      June 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      I make this recipe all the time…. Received it in a family-produced cookbook from KS. We sprinkle some chopped green onions on top. Also great served with baby carrots. I use cheap beer (ie Bud Light or whatever is around), vs something good that might have more of a pungent taste.

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    June 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I make this all the time for events! The only difference is I never use the whole ranch packet (I just add to taste) and I always use Spotted Cow (a must for Wisconsinites). It’s always a big hit!

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    October 24, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    You’re missing the bacon! I’m from WI and I’ve been eating this my whole life, but there’s always bacon bits in it!

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    November 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I found this link on Pinterest and made it for my family who came in town this weekend. It was so good and so easy! (I hate to make anything that involves more than 5 ingredients). I like simple and quick recipes! My whole family loved it. This will be the dish I make for potlucks, parties, etc!

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    Pam @ The Birch Cottage
    August 26, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    This sounds truly yummy. Believe it or not, I’ve never heard of it! I live in Buckeye country, where we do tons of football tailgates. This would be a nice addition!

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      Melissa Belanger
      August 27, 2015 at 8:49 am

      You definitely should try it! It’s amazing!

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    December 10, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Substitution for the beer???

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      Melissa Belanger
      December 16, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      Sorry for the delayed response. The only thing I can think of would be non-alcoholic beer, but there isn’t much out there with the same flavor. Is it because of an allergy or the alcohol? You could try some sparkling cider, but it might be too sweet.

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