Bagels and Beer Cream Cheese

Bloggers Adam and Joanne Gallagher from Inspired Taste switch out champagne for beer for a fantastic brunch dish!

  • Prep Time 5 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 4

Beer Cream Cheese

packages (3 oz each) cream cheese
tablespoons beer
tablespoons sour cream
green onion, chopped
teaspoon garlic powder
teaspoon salt
Pepper and additional salt to taste


bagels, split
to 12 thin slices deli roast beef
small red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 In medium microwavable bowl, microwave cream cheese on High 30 to 60 seconds until softened. Add beer, sour cream, green onion, garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir until well blended. Season with pepper and additional salt, if desired. Cover tightly; refrigerate at least 20 minutes.
  • 2 Spread cream cheese on bagels; serve open-face with roast beef and red onion.

Expert Tips

Try this spread on “everything” bagels—those typically topped with poppy and sesame seed, onion and more—or your favorite flavor of bagel. Toast the bagel, if desired.

Not a fan of beer? You can leave it out and simply mix the remaining ingredients for a delicious and zesty cream cheese spread. You can also use nonalcoholic beer.

Add some leaf lettuce and turn the bagel into a roast beef sandwich for lunch.