Beer cheese

  • serves 4

The addictive dish from Montreal restaurant, Joe Beef, works both as a snack to go with beer or as a starter. It's super fun to make, and can be prepared in just 20 minutes! Stock up on blue cheese, quark, soft cheese, pilsner beer and garlic for this recipe.



  • Styrofoam cups 4
  • coffee filter papers 4
  • quark 130g
  • soft cheese 130g
  • blue cheese 100g
  • pilsner beer 125ml
  • garlic 2-4 cloves, crushed (depending on how garlicky you like it)
  • paprika
  • toasted rye bread (not dark) to serve veggie crudités to serve 


  • Step 1

    To make cheese moulds use a small sharp knife to pierce holes in the base and sides of 4 styrofoam cups, spacing the holes about 2.5 cm apart. Dampen the coffee filter papers and line each cup with a filter.

  • Step 2

    Leave all the cheeses at room temperature for about an hour.

  • Step 3

    Warm the beer in a small pan then take off the heat. Put the cheeses, beer, 1 tsp salt, garlic and a hefty pinch of paprika in a food processor. Blend to smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed.

  • Step 4

    Divide the cheese mix between the 4 lined cups. Put the cups on a small rack over a tray or large plate and put in the fridge overnight. the excess liquid will drain out of the moulds.

  • Step 5

    To serve, unmould each cheese onto a plate, sprinkle with a little more paprika and serve with toasted rye bread and crudités.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 249
  • Fat 19g
  • Carbs 2.4g
  • Fibre 0.1g
  • Protein 13.4g
  • Salt 2g