Thanks for your question. I'm not sure which recipe you are referring to but in general, Sharp Cheddar cheese is best for a beer cheese soup or fondue recipe as it melts the best. As for the beer, use your favorite. The individual flavor of the beer does come through so use something that you like. A pale ale has a nice lighter beer flavor where as a stout beer will give you a deeper more caramelized flavor.
Answered 01/25/2013 by kolson