Beer Cheese Soup


Today is Holiday Recipe Club!  Erin over at Big Fat Baker came up with the idea a few months ago.  We all get together near a holiday and Erin challenges us to come up with something from a list of ingredients.  This month our choices were potatoes, pistachios or beer.  I think based on the title it is pretty obvious I picked beer!  I did do something with potatoes as well, but I posted about that yesterday.  Do you want to join in the fun?  Go to Holiday Recipe Club and Erin will give you all of the information.

My husband loves Beer Cheese Soup.  There was a place in Cedar Rapids that had a great version of it.  Being that I don’t like cheese, it isn’t really my favorite soup.  But I have tried his before, and it is always been mild and surprisingly good.  So at his request I took full advantage of the Holiday Recipe Club and attempted this soup for him.  I think it was a resounding success!  This recipe makes a TON, I mean like 12 servings!  My husband ate this straight for 4 meals, and I froze the rest.  He even took another one out last night for his dinner.  Always a good sign with him!

This soup is pretty easy to put together.  You could cut it in half very easily, but it does freeze very well.  I even got to use my immersion blender, which doesn’t get used nearly enough.

Beer Cheese Soup

Yields 10

Beer and Cheese come together for a comforting soup

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 3/4 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 3/4 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 pound bacon, chopped
  • 2 bottles Beer (I used Spotted Cow, but any Ale or Pilsner would work)
  • 4 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 Tbls dry mustard
  • 1 Tbls garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 pounds Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 cups heavy cream


  1. In a large pot brown bacon. Remove from pan, and drain on a paper towel. Remove bacon drippings, leaving about 1 Tbls in the pan. Add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic, saute until soft. Do not brown the veggies. Add flour and butter, stirring until the flour is cooked. Whisk in chicken stock, and beer. Add back in about 1/2 of the bacon, what is left will be used for garnish when serving. Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. If you don't have an immersion blender you can use a food processor or regular blender. Bring the soup to a boil. Once boiling, over a medium heat gradually add cheese, and mix until smooth. Add the cream and dry mustard, whisk until combined and heated through. Serve garnished with bacon.


Adapted from St. Francis Brewery



  1. I’ve seen beer dishes everywhere lately, but never a beer cheese soup! Yum Erin! This is fabulous! Can’t wait to try! xx

  2. I’ve never made a soup with beer so I’m pretty excited to give this a try! And freezer-friendly foods is always needed :)

  3. If your husband had this four times in a row…that by itself says it must be delicious.

  4. LOVE beer cheese soup! And love something that makes a ton and can keep the hungry husband at bay for a few days!

  5. I’ve only had beer cheese soup and it was at an Irish pub, so good! Will have to make at home sometime.

  6. Happy Holiday Recipe Club Day!

    I love beer cheese soups! YUM!

  7. Holy deliciousness. I’m such a fan of beer-cheese soup. Can’t wait to try this!

  8. Fantastic Soup. I have always wanted to try beer cheese soup. Would it be weird usiong Bud Light? Thats all we have at home.

  9. That looks really good. A definite winner in our house…beer and bacon for him and cheese for me. I’ll have to try that!

  10. What a great recipe! I am so happy to see all the beer recipes that are around right now. This looks great!

  11. Beer and bacon? What’s not to love about this soup!

  12. I’m serious when I say I wouldn’t mind having this now for breakfast. :)

  13. Ooh, interesting! I’m glad you made your hubby happy. :)

  14. yum! i’ve had a beer cheese soup pinned for months that i’ve been meaning to try, but keep forgetting it. this just reminded me – will be making it this weekend!

  15. This is my first time hearing beer cheese soup but sounds really delicious. If your husband ate this soup for 4 meals, I think I can do the same. I really enjoy soup anytime! I never freeze soup before – the thought just never occur to me. Thanks for sharing the recipe and tip!!

  16. HOLY MOLY…
    This is Deliciousness …..
    Can I have a bowl please.

  17. That looks really good!!! I definitely need to try this!!!

  18. What a great soup! My husband would probably lick the bowl clean, and I think it would be easy enough to fool him that there’s no meat besides the bacon topping! 😉 Thanks, Erin!

  19. Wow, this is just so rich and delicious looking! What a great soup to enjoy on Saint Patty’s day, thanks for sharing this one Erin;-)

  20. My husband loves soup and loves beer…I think this would be quite perfect for him!

  21. I am due in to try beer cheese soup again–my father loves it, but I hated it as a child and haven’t tried it since. Yours looks deliciously creamy–love the garnish of crispy bacon on top.

  22. I haven’t had beer cheese soup in ages. This makes me want to cook up a batch soon. Yum.

  23. Wow, that’s quite a rich soup. You could probably reduce the cream and add milk instead, the cheese would carry enough richness for the soup. It’s also a lot of flour, I usually add puréed vegetables to get a roux for my soups; it’s a lot healthier.

  24. Nom!! Everyone’s savory dishes are killing me today. I want to make it all when I get home from SB!! Great job on today’s hop!

  25. I’ve never had this soup but have always been curious about it. It sounds and looks really good Erin. Have a great weekend :)

  26. That soup looks SO good, seriously, it’s tough to make good looking soup and then make it look good in a photograph as well. Love the garnish too =)

  27. This looks so good…especially with the bacon on top! We’ve got just a few more weeks before the warm weather settles in for a while here in Texas, so I need to make more soup!

  28. Oh, My Goodness,
    This soup looks F A B !!!

  29. I think my hubby would love this soup too. :) What a great idea of cheese and beer in a soup. :)

  30. What a delicious way to get your beer intake!

  31. Wow, I’ve never had beer and cheese soup. This looks amazing, and I think it is something that the entire family would enjoy.

  32. This sounds really interesting, Erin! I made before cheese and potatoes combo but never with beer! Recipe is just fantastic! Well done sweetie!

  33. Is it bad that all I can focus on is that pretzel roll in the back corner of your photo? :)

  34. This totally sounds like a recipe my fiance would love. Beer and cheese are definitely a way to a mans heart I’ve found. 😀 Thanks for sharing.

  35. Beer and cheese my two favorites, and you made them into a soup. Yum.

  36. I have sooo many beer cheese recipes I am dying to try, and this is one is getting added to the top of the pile! Now if the beer and cheese would just last long enough to make it into a recipe 😛

  37. Beer and cheese. With bacon. Does it get any better?!

  38. Oooo, I haven’t had beer cheese soup in forever, Erin. This looks wonderful! And like others have said… BACON!!!

  39. I love that you used Spotted Cow! This soup looks wonderful.

  40. This sounds creamy and rich. A great way to celebrate – St. Patty’s Day. No calories – right:)

  41. Oh yes please!! This looks so delicious! I love the bits of bacon on top too!

  42. Its been that in between weather where its still cool enough for a bowl of soup and this one really really looks like it would hit the spot right now with all its cheesy goodness.

  43. Ok, this looks ah- amazing! Not gonna lie, I saw this on Pinterest and was drawn in by the pic with Spotted Cow. Since I’ve moved away from Madison, I crave that regularly. People actually gave it to us for wedding presents and I was hiding it all over our pantry to try to make it last longer. Why can’t they sell it everywhere?! I’m making this tonight (sans cow) , can’t wait!!

    • HA!! I love Spotted Cow, and miss is so much since moving away from Madison! My family still lives there though, so they import it for me :)
      Hope you enjoy the soup!


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