Guinness Beer Cheese Dip

Guinness Beer Cheese Dip


If you live in Clarksville, Tennessee, you know there is one place and one place only to get the very best beer cheese dip and that is the Blackhorse Pub.  I have tried numerous times to recreate their delicious dip at home and have not even come close.  Every time we eat there we get the dip and attempt to figure out what that one flavor is and I just can’t get it.  However, like my other attempts at recreating a fantastic dish without the recipe, I didn’t quite get it, but eventually came in a close second (or says my adorable, supportive husband).  Perhaps it’s the Guinness Beer and the lovely “Luck o’ the Irish” that brought me to my version that I feel is as close as I’m gonna get without the super secret recipe, but nonetheless, I find it pretty tasty and if you have never been lucky enough to have the Blackhorse Pub original, then you will be pretty darn pleased with what you get here!

Guinness Beer Cheese Dip (adapted from


  • 32 oz Velveeta Cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 cup Guinness Beer
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Heat cheese in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium heat until melted.
  2. Stir beer, Worcestershire sauce,chili powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper into cheese until smooth and heated through, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes. Serve with warm pretzels, tortilla chips, or Irish Soda Bread.

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  1. We just moved from there a month ago and I am craving blackhorse beer cheese already! I’m gonna try this recipe thanks!

    • Hey Jen, thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you think. As you well know, though, there is no comparison to BH!! Best, Amanda

  2. Absolutely LOVE the Blackhorse beer cheese! I have tried for a while now to get something close to their recipe. I am still trying to make something to my liking that is close enough to theirs. Here is some info that I found along the way that may help though. According to their menu, the beer cheese is made with their “Barnstomer Ale”, which is their red ale that they make. I try to use a red ale from a microbrewery to get more of a fresh taste. I like using the Gerst red ale made in Nashville by Yazoo brewery. You can find this at many local groceries. Found a review from a newspaper article that says it has a horseradish type kick in it, I believe that may be one ingredient that most people would not think is in there. I will keep trying to get something close. Their cheese dip is more white than yellow, so I have tried using the white queso block from Kroger (it is non-refridgerated and looks like velveeta style block).

    • WOW! Thanks for all the info, Brad!! Now that we have moved from Clarksville, I am really missing the beer cheese dip, so I will definitely use your tips and give it a try! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. How much does this yield? Can’t wait to make it for St Pats Day!!

    • I am so sorry that I am just now responding!!! It should make about 2 cups of dip. I hope it’s not too late and thank you so much for checking out my blog! Happy St. Patty’s Day!!!!

  4. Lisa Osenga says:

    Thank you, I am going to try your recipe! I have missed that cheese dip since we PCS’d 2 years ago!
    Funny story, my son and I were back in Maine the summer of 2012 while my husband was deployed.
    We took a Puffin Cruise out of New Harbor, Maine. We struck up a conversation with an older couple and learned that their son had lived in Clarksville years prior and they had visited him. To my delight, the man brought up the Black Horse Pub. All of a sudden, way out in the Atlantic, we are discussing the delicious beer cheese dip from the Black Horse!! What a fun and unexpected coincidence!

  5. Diana Moore says:

    Hello my son loves the dip at Blackhorse. I came across your recipe going to give it a go today for Super Bowl. Looks delicious 😊

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