2 lb sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 small onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp hot sauce
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 12 oz bottle amber beer, at room temperature
salt and pepper to taste
Beat together first 5 ingredients at low speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until blended. Gradually add beer, beating until blended after each addition. Beat at medium-high speed 1 minute or until blended and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Serve with party rye bread, good quality crackers or with toast points.
Please note: This makes a lot. However it keeps well and is very versatile. If you are adventurous, try it on a grilled cheese sandwich.