Recipe: Hoppy Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Whether you're dipping pretzels or slathering this sauce on a burger or sandwich, this sauce pairs nicely with an IPA, like Northern Lights or King of Hop.


  • 4 oz. Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 4 tbsp. Heavy Cream
  • ½ cup Water
  • 2 tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh Simcoe Hop Flowers
  • Salt and Pepper


In a small pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and cook, whisking constantly for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden and fragrant. Gradually whisk in the water and heavy cream. Bring to a simmer and cook, whisking frequently for 1 to 2 minutes, or until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.Reduce the heat to low. Gradually add the cheese and cook, whisking constantly for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the hop flowers. Season with salt and pepper to taste.Crack open your favorite IPA and serve immediately on a sandwich or burger, or with pretzels (like these soft pretzels, courtesy of Drew's Brew Reviews)