the ultimate vegan beer cheese fondue

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Are you ready for all the holiday parties?! I wasn’t until I perfected the ultimate vegan beer cheese fondue. Yes! Fondue for the vegans. Let us rejoice! I think this is the best thing to bring to a potluck or party you’re going to or throwing this year. People will be blown away by the flavor in this fondue and won’t care that they aren’t devouring real cheese. In fact, after 5 bites they’ll probably give you a hug and thank you for it.

The inexpensive fondue set even makes a cute gift for your party host too. It was a purchase at Hudson’s Bay this year and I’ve written a blog post on their blog, The Point, with even more cute foodie gift ideas you can check out here.

This was all part of a video for easy vegan holiday bites that also includes a recipe for vegan cocktail meatballs with cranberry sweet & sour sauce which you can watch below… and then get writing your grocery list from the recipe below!

the ultimate vegan beer cheese fondue

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the ultimate vegan beer cheese fondue

Yes! Fondue for the vegans. Let us rejoice!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Keyword cashews, cheese, cheese dip, vegan cheese sauce
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 5 cups
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 2 C raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
  • 1 C diced white onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 C peeled and diced white potato
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 2 C pale ale
  • 1/2 C sauerkraut brine (juice from a jar of sauerkraut)
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon


  1. In a large pan or cast iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until soft and translucent.

  2. Add garlic, nutmeg, salt, and white pepper and sauté for another minute. Then add in potato and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add pale ale and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes and potatoes should be fork tender.

  4. Add this mixture to a blender along with drained and rinsed cashews, sauerkraut brine, white wine vinegar, and dijon. Blend until very smooth.
  5. Pour into the fondue vessel at the table once the flame ignited and get fondu’ing!
  6. Pair with fresh baguette, raw broccoli, roasted potatoes, browned vegan sausage, apple slices, cherry tomatoes, pickled vegetables, or whatever you please!

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29 thoughts on “the ultimate vegan beer cheese fondue”

  1. Lauren, do you have post where you list where to buy most of your ingredients? I’m in Canada, and your Amazon page is US, so do you have any grocers you recommend?

  2. Hello Lauren, is it enough for 4 person? And I don’t have sauerkraut brine, just sauerkraut juice does it also work for it?

  3. My whole family (vegans and non-vegans) loved this recipe and have requested I make it again. Thanks for another great recipe!

  4. Looks delish but I am not a fan of saurkraute so I hate to buy it just for the brine. Can I just add extra vinegar or pickle juice

    1. it just has a specific acid profile and taste. YOu can experiment with either of those yes, just haven’t tested it!

    1. Thank you! I’m hosting a big vegan Easter lunch for the family using this recipe, your spinach dip, and your macaroni salad. I’ve been stealing bites of everything while prepping for tomorrow because it’s just all so good. Thanks for being my favorite vegan cooking inspiration. (:

  5. Music & Munchies

    This is a fantastic recipe. Every Christmas eve, my Swiss in-laws have a fondue. Every year I try a different vegan recipe to bring, so I can join in the festivities and share. This was by far, my favorite recipe. I love the tanginess of the pale ale and sauerkraut brine. My husband (who grew up on fondu) absolutely LOVED it. Thanks for another great recipe, Lauren!

  6. Hi Lauren – your recipes look amazing. I can’t wait to try the fondue and the meatballs. Have you ever made them without oil? Will they fry up ok?

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