“I Hope They Serve Beer” in Book Club…


Let me start this post with a disclaimer that yes, I think I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell absolutely lived up to its reputation as “disgusting, vile, repulsive, repugnant” – and that quote came from a review the author, Tucker Max, shared on his own website! I found myself cringing at almost every chapter, covering my eyes at some of the situations and then peeking through (as if that really makes a difference). That being said… I also found myself frequently laughing out loud at some of the craziest, bawdiest stories in the book… the rodeo chapter, anyone? The book was like Animal House and The Hangover on steroids… and I’ve laughed till I cried at the shenanigans in Animal House.

When my friend texted me that we would be reading I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell for this month’s meeting, I didn’t know if I would be uttering “I love it,” or “I hate it,” by the time it was done, but three other words instantly came to mind: beer cheese dip.

I mean, you can’t read a book with that title and not think of something involving beer, right?

Even better, my friend said the theme for our meeting would be dips… and no one had claimed beer cheese yet!

Having never made it myself, I’ll admit I was a little uncertain of where to even start – even though most recipes literally just called for beer, cream cheese and shredded cheese. What recipe would I use? Did it matter what beer I chose? How long would it take to prepare the dish? Why did some recipes say to combine the ingredients on medium heat and some didn’t even mention a stove in the first place?

I ultimately went with directions from Allrecipes, and used Leinenkugel’s India Pale Lager – I had to go with a brew from Wisconsin! I’ll admit, I’m not usually big on pale ales or lagers, but luckily a co-worker suggested it… because it was fantastic!

The recipe is probably the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Seriously, I woke up from my nap, blearily walked over to my kitchen, dumped cream cheese into a pan, added the shredded cheese, beer and seasoning, and that was it!

The rest of the dips at the meeting were fantastic, and I really do wish every day could be dip day. One member of the club even made a dessert dip with nutella! I hear another recipe calling my name…

Beer Cheese Dip
Recipe courtesy of Allrecipes

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese (I used mild)
  • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 cup beer (I used Leinenkugel’s India Pale Lager)

Cut cream cheese into smaller chunks, dump into pan and heat on medium. When the cream cheese begins sliding around easily and doesn’t stick so much to the spatula, add the shredded cheese. Stir until well blended, then add garlic salt and beer. Stir on medium heat until the dip absorbs the beer.

I picked up some pretzel rolls for the dip, but I also had some tortilla chips with the dip. I would just suggest avoiding crackers that break easily.



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