As the name implies, Hall's Beer Cheese is the combination of two of man’s most important achievements: beer and cheese. Add in savory spices and a little heat and you have The Original Hall's Snappy Beer Cheese recipe developed in Central Kentucky more than half a century ago.
Hall’s Original Snappy Beer Cheese
Kentucky has a unique culinary heritage of innovation that has produced some of the world’s most beloved flavors: Kentucky Fried Chicken, bourbon, and beer cheese. Legend has it that this unique snack was developed by Joe Allman for his cousin Johnny Allman to introduce in his various restaurants on the Kentucky River. Johnny allegedly lost one restaurant, along with his recipes, to Carl Johnson in a card game in the early 1960s. After Mr. Johnson passed away, George and Gertrude Hall acquired the restaurant and its recipes in 1965. Since that time, Hall’s On the River has been a mainstay in the Central Kentucky dining scene. Hall’s Original Snappy Beer Cheese was an integral part of that success, extending the love of the brand nationally and internationally.
A Snack Fit for a Queen
With more than 50 years in the marketplace, Hall’s has been enjoyed by the famous and infamous, from royalty to rednecks, and everyone in between. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is one such notable. Known as a horse enthusiast, Elizabeth breeds thoroughbreds and attends several racing events each year. On one of her visits to Kentucky’s renowned thoroughbred horse farms, the Queen was introduced to Hall’s Original Snappy Beer Cheese. Upon her departure from Lexington’s Bluegrass Field, she was seen carrying a tub of Hall’s Beer Cheese spread as she boarded her plane back to England.
The Secret Is in the Snap
The unique flavor of Hall’s Beer Cheese begins with aged Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese and finishes with a bit of spice that provides the “snap” to Hall’s Snappy Beer Cheese. What started as a spicy appetizer enjoyed by Central Kentuckians dining by the Kentucky River has developed into an internationally recognized brand. Southern Living, the Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Cooking with Paula Deen, the Lexington Herald-Leader and others have featured our beer cheese spread.
Countless food blogs and home chefs have tried to imitate Hall’s Beer Cheese recipe. How to achieve the exact spiciness and texture of the beer cheese spread remains a secret. Miss Jean Bell, who began working in the kitchen at Hall’s On the River decades ago, has maintained and guarded the original recipe.
Beer Cheese Festival and Trail
With thousands of visitors each year, the Beer Cheese Festival held in downtown Winchester, Kentucky is the only festival dedicated to the celebration of beer cheese. For a small entry fee, festival goers can sample as many beer cheeses as they desire and then vote for their favorites. Hall’s Snappy Beer Cheese is consistently crowned a winner at the annual summer event. Also, when you visit Winchester explore the Beer Cheese Trail, a self-guided adventure featuring eight restaurants and their forays in beer cheese.
Beer Cheese Burger
One way we like to eat our original beer cheese recipe is on a beer cheese burger. Beer cheese burgers are becoming more and more popular at national restaurant chains, but we have been serving this favorite at Hall’s On the River since the 1980s.
Beer Cheese SoupSavory beer cheese soup is another popular Kentucky tradition. It can be prepared quickly as an easy weeknight meal or served up as an appetizer for your next football party. However, don’t forget you can simply serve Hall's Beer Cheese spread just like we have for decades at Hall’s On the River — on a plate with radishes, carrots, celery and crackers.
Become part of the tradition, try some today.