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Beer Cheese

Served as an appetizer or topping a burger this culinary tradition was born in Kentucky in the 1940's.

From pimento cheese to Benedictine, you may get the idea that Kentuckians need to something to snack on while preparing the fried chicken or afternoon bourbon cocktail!  Another great addition to the pub menu and certainly something to have on hand while watching the state’s favorite pastime (after horse-racing) college basketball is a Winchester, KY creation….beer cheese.

The savory spread is a distinctive mix of sharp cheddar, beer, and spices and was introduced to the Kentucky palate in the 1940’s by brothers John and Joe Allman.  Unlike many fondue-style cheese and beer creations, Kentucky’s version is typically served cold with crackers, chips and carrots or celery. Louisville chefs have kicked it up a notch with their own unique twists on this culinary tradition.

For true devotees, just 90 minutes down the road , The Beer Cheese Festival is celebrated every June in Winchester. www.beercheesefestival.com

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Find Beer Cheese on the menu at:

Against the Grain - Blend of Sho' Nuff and Cheddar, Served Cold With Kettle Chips

Doc Crow's - Whiskey Chaser beer cheese served with Doc's Potato Chips

Eiderdown – served on local Blue Dog artisanal bread

Holy Grale – spicy cheddar Pilsner spread with baked Klaus pretzel bread and spicy cheddar Pilsner

Monnik Beer Co. - Monnik Beer Cheese with spent grain bread

Sidebar – served as a spread with tortilla chips and warm pretzels or as a burger topping

Troll Pub Under the Bridge - Made with Shiner Bock and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and served with warm soft pretzel sticks.


Pick up some to take home at:

Kroger locations

Liquor Barn

Party Mart