Kettle Cooked Beer Cheese
In the Midwest, beer cheese is a gold-star bar snack, and one that comes in many forms. To the uninitiated, it can basically be described as Wisconsinite queso, a combination of beer and cheese that turns into either the consistency of nacho cheese or thick cream cheese, depending on who’s making it. It’s also a very popular soup. It’s sharp and pleasantly funky and positively addictive, and I’m happy to report that Lay’s has transformed the flavor into an absolute banger. That shouldn't be a surprise. Beer, cheese, and chips are the three most important food groups, after all.
Now, Lay’s isn’t the first chip to bust into the beer barrel: Kettle’s best flavor for a long time was its sadly discontinued Cheddar Beer. But Lay’s has created something close to magic here, and the chip would easily crack the top five all-timers were it a permanent addition to the roster. The cheese is sharp, but that sharpness mellows out quickly, much in the way the Cheddar & Sour Cream flavor tamps down its fake cheese notes with some cool dairy powder. But this somehow tastes less processed, with the beer flavor adding a slight hint of bitterness that makes this one of the most unique and addictive of the offerings. This should be a permanent fixture in the chip aisle.