Prep Time: 10 minutes
Stovetop Time: 10 minutes
Start to Finish: 20 minutes
Times are approximate
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 drops hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco®) (Optional)
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup beer
1/2 pound Cheddar cheese, shredded
Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat; blend in the flour, salt, pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce; continue cooking and stirring until the mixture is smooth and bubbly, about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat; gradually stir in the milk; return to heat and stir continually until the mixture comes to a boil. Slowly pour in the beer; cook 1 minute more while still stirring.
Melt the Cheddar cheese into the mixture in small portions until completely incorporated. Remove from heat.