Sun King Brewery’s Pachanga Beer Cheese

This Cinco De Mayo may not be our usual gathering of friends but let’s not let this stop us from celebrating at home with two great recipes using Sun King Brewery’s Pachanga Mexican-style Lager.


  1. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, poblano, garlic, cumin, and a pinch of salt. Cook until the onion is fragrant, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the cream cheese and milk. Cook over medium heat until the sauce is smooth and the cream cheese has melted. Then, stir in the Pachanga.
  4. In a bowl, toss together the shredded cheese with the flour. Little by little, add the cheese to the warm milk, whisking until the sauce is smooth. Stir in chipotle chili powder.
  5. Serve the queso warm, topped with salsa and avocado slices, alongside tortilla chips.

Recipe Credit

Culinary Director Steven Unrue has been a chef in Indiana for the past 13 years. He’s skilled craftsmanship in the culinary arts has allowed him to work at many great Indianapolis restaurants and private dining facilities. Learning and mastering food and beverage pairing has been a huge focus of Steven’s and is what led him to Sun King Brewery & Spirits.

As Culinary Director, Steven is currently building a database of paired recipes for all of Sun King Brewery’s variety of unique beers and handcrafted spirits. He is passionate about teaching other local chefs on how best to pair Sun King beer with their dishes. He aspires to educate not only the Sun King staff but all of Sun King’s fans with the knowledge of food and beer and why each style of beer pairs so well with various dishes.