Friday, June 12, 2015

Beer Cheese

What is beer cheese you ask? Well, that really depends on who you ask.  They may tell you a certain brand or may not have a clue of what it is. Beer cheese combines 2 of my favorite things. No, it isn't rain drops on roses or whiskers on kittens. It is beer and cheese.

Beer cheese is a sharp cheddar or processed cheese (aka Velveeta) spread found mostly in Kentucky. There are many different local brands and many different takes on it, but they all have about the same ingredients. Either a sharp cheddar or a processed cheese, beer, paprika, garlic, dry mustard, horseradish, cayenne pepper, just to name a few. There are also different varieties like "mild" and "hot" that set each unique recipe apart from one another. Beer cheese is mostly ate with random crackers or carrots or celery. It is also found in some soups or on certain southern sandwiches.

There are many different stories about beer cheese's began, but it appears to have first been served in the late 1930s at a restaurant in Clark County, Kentucky known as Johnny Allman's. He use to call it his 'Snappy Cheese' and it was a hit. His 'Snappy Cheese' aka Beer cheese is so popular in the city of Winchester, Kentucky that an annual Beer Cheese Festival.

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