Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups dark beer
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup grated Swiss cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 4 slices American cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • Soft pretzels, chips or jerky, for serving
Preparation

Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When melted, add flour and cook, stirring continuously, until roux turns golden brown and begins to smell nutty, about 3 minutes. Add beer, bring to a high simmer and continue to cook until beer is reduced by half, 4-5 minutes. Add shallot and garlic, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 2 minutes.
Add cream, thyme and bay leaf, and bring to a simmer, stirring often to prevent boiling over. Continue to simmer until sauce thickens considerably, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and discard thyme sprig and bay leaf.

Add the cheeses a handful at a time. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with soft pretzels, chips, and jerky.
 

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