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Brown Butter Grilled Beer Cheese Sandwich

There are some great elements in this world we live in that we beg the universe to some how bring together.

Like a Yankees vs. Dodgers World Series

Or an episode of The Office directed by Christopher Guest

Or Trey Parker have complete creative control over The White House Holiday Card

Or a reality show hybrid of The Bachelor and Fear Factor

Even though I have to come to terms with the fact that those things will sadly never exist, I can meld brown butter and beer cheese into the greatest of all grilled cheese sandwiches. It won’t have the cultural repercussions of any of the above unions, but it is the best sandwich I’ve had in a long time. Too bad I didn’t have the forethought, or the consumptive restraint, to create a beer tomato soup to go along for the journey.

Brown Butter Grilled Beer Cheese Sandwich


  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Pale Ale
  • 4 oz cheddar
  • 8 slices bread
  • 4 tbs butter


  • In a blender or food processor add the cream cheese, mozzarella, cornstarch and beer. Blend until smooth, about 3 minutes. Spread the beer cheese generously onto 4 slices of bread. Top with about 2 tbs of cheddar and then top with a clean slice of bread.
  • In a skillet with a lid melt the butter over medium heat (don't allow the butter to get too hot or it will burn) until just starting to turn a golden brown. Carefully add the sandwiches, and replace the lid allowing the sandwiches to steam in the pan until the underside is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip the sandwiches, replace the lid and allow to cook until the other side is a light golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 3 additional minutes.

 You can also use the pre-oven beer cheese from my Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Beer Cheese Dip.


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Julia August 23, 2012 um 9:24 am

For the love, this looks like the best dang grilled cheese, maybe ever! I mean, you put beer IN THE CHEESE. My hero.


Jackie August 23, 2012 um 10:20 am

And can we please make this with your parmesan beer bread?


Renee August 23, 2012 um 10:03 am

This looks incredible! I will definitely be partaking in this very soon 😉


Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie August 23, 2012 um 11:04 am

Oh dear god, this may be the most amazing grilled cheese I have ever heard of.


Eileen August 23, 2012 um 12:06 pm

Zomg, beer grilled cheese! This sounds amazing–thanks for the great idea!


amy @ fearless homemaker August 23, 2012 um 1:42 pm

oh holy moly, this looks absolutely wonderful! i’m currently starving, so i could definitely go for one or two of these sandwiches right now. =)


Lauren @ Part Time House Wife August 23, 2012 um 2:02 pm

This looks crazy good…. like so good I need it now


Averie @ Averie Cooks August 23, 2012 um 2:51 pm

you outdid yourself – great combo ! cheese 'n beer, pretty much brings me back to my MN roots (or Wisc) where cheese 'n beer are the state foods I think 🙂


Jackie August 23, 2012 um 3:33 pm

I’m making a trip to St. Paul in a few months! I’ll have to get some recommendations from you as to where to eat and drink 🙂


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies August 23, 2012 um 5:35 pm

Holy crap, this is insane. All that cheese oozing out? YES. And then you had to go and add brown butter too!


Ralph August 24, 2012 um 2:05 am

m impressed! Extremely best sandwich ever


Tay August 24, 2012 um 6:20 am

"And the gates of Heaven opened and a choir of angelic singing could be heard across the lands"……BEER. GRILLED CHEESE. 2 staples of my daily diet. And now in one package….I am in love.


Jackie August 24, 2012 um 5:14 pm

Aww, I’m blushing 🙂


Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama August 24, 2012 um 6:37 am

WOW! This looks seriously amazing. I’m always game for a good grilled cheese!


As A Verb August 24, 2012 um 6:39 am

Holy cheesey goodness this looks like heaven in my mouth. Pretty sure this is goona be lunch tomorrow. Thank you, this looks & sounds utterly incredible.


Kare @ Kitchen Treaty August 24, 2012 um 7:29 am

Um, yum. This looks absolutely amazing.


Michelle Collins August 24, 2012 um 10:44 am

I just discovered your blog, and I immediately fell in love with it. I look forward to reading more of your posts!


Jackie August 24, 2012 um 5:13 pm

Thank you so much!


Cassie August 27, 2012 um 5:41 pm

Simply amazing, Jackie! I made a plain 'ol grilled cheese in brown butter earlier this summer and loved it. I can’t imagine adding beer. Holy cow!


Jen @ Savory Simple August 27, 2012 um 5:45 pm

I would eat this! Like 10 in a row.


Sarah | The Cyclist’s Wife August 28, 2012 um 8:05 pm

Oh man. That’s all I can say! Oh. Man.


Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 28, 2012 um 9:36 pm

I mean, seriously? I die.


kat September 10, 2012 um 5:31 pm

This is such a wonderful idea! I can totally see this being a favorite for Sunday Football 🙂


Jessica September 11, 2012 um 8:03 am

I made this and put your beer and bacon jam on it…because…how could that be bad? It was the king at our grilled cheese and beer pairing party!


Jackie September 11, 2012 um 11:20 am

oh my GOD, that sounds amazing!


Kali September 18, 2012 um 6:47 am

I made this last night with Steel Toe’s Provider. The only change was I roasted a jalapeno and added that to the beer cheese mixture. It was amazing! Thank you!


Penguin February 12, 2016 um 1:38 am

I reckon a Stout Tomato Soup would go down… and another down… and then another one… followed by anther one just purrrrr-fect. Oh, try canned Campbells TomTom Soup and add a dash or two of classic Tobassco. Nice in winter with a gentle 'kick'.


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