What is Beer Cheese Soup?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Cornstarch, which can be used to thicken beer cheese soup.
Cornstarch, which can be used to thicken beer cheese soup.

Beer cheese soup is a creamy soup that is ideal for serving with crusty bread for a hot meal or as a quick snack alongside fresh popcorn. While there are many different recipes for beer cheese soup, the most popular versions originate from the Great Lakes and the Heartland of the Midwestern United States. While the soup requires several ingredients, the preparation time is relatively short and is sure to please just about everyone.

Cheddar cheese is traditionally used to make beer cheese soup.
Cheddar cheese is traditionally used to make beer cheese soup.

At the heart of just about every beer cheese soup recipe is the beer. For a basic recipe, the equivalent of two cans of beer is usually sufficient. The beer is combined with some chicken broth to make the basic liquid for the recipe. Cheddar cheese that is shredded coarsely, along with fresh cream, will help to thicken the liquid and provide the basic texture for the soup.

Any type of beer can be used in beer cheese soup, but a malty ale is often recommended.
Any type of beer can be used in beer cheese soup, but a malty ale is often recommended.

From this point, there is a wide range of options when it comes to ingredients for the beer cheese soup. Many recipes call for frying multiple slices of bacon, then either crumbling the bacon into the liquid or chopping the slices into longer sections. Vegetables like celery, onion, and carrots are diced or chopped and added to the mixture. For a little extra color, adding in chopped bell peppers in shades of green, yellow, and red will give the soup a more festive appearance. A pinch of cayenne pepper can be added as well if the cook wishes to add a little more heat to the soup.

Many beer cheese soup recipes include bacon.
Many beer cheese soup recipes include bacon.

For many, the combination of broth, cream, and cheeses produces a soup that is thick enough for their tastes. However, if you prefer a thicker consistency, it is possible to add a small amount of flour or cornstarch as the soup simmers. By adding salt and pepper to taste, the beer cheese soup will be ready to serve.

While technically any type of cheese can be used, many people prefer a sharp cheddar produced in Wisconsin. However, it is possible to prepare the recipe using a mixture of cheeses such as mozzarella, cheddar and Swiss. If cream is not available, it is also possible to utilize half-and-half in the recipe.

Red bell pepper makes beer cheese soup more festive.
Red bell pepper makes beer cheese soup more festive.

Serving beer cheese soup can also be a lot of fun. Creating bread bowls from crusty oversized rolls works very well. The soup can also be served in regular soup bowls along with chunks of bread. When preparing the bread, make sure the loaves are torn into large chunks rather than cut into uniform slices. This will make the bread chunks ideal for dipping into the soup.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including , and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including , and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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    • Cornstarch, which can be used to thicken beer cheese soup.
      By: vadim yerofeyev
      Cornstarch, which can be used to thicken beer cheese soup.
    • Cheddar cheese is traditionally used to make beer cheese soup.
      By: Bert Folsom
      Cheddar cheese is traditionally used to make beer cheese soup.
    • Any type of beer can be used in beer cheese soup, but a malty ale is often recommended.
      By: Marius Graf
      Any type of beer can be used in beer cheese soup, but a malty ale is often recommended.
    • Many beer cheese soup recipes include bacon.
      By: sparkia
      Many beer cheese soup recipes include bacon.
    • Red bell pepper makes beer cheese soup more festive.
      By: Fanfo
      Red bell pepper makes beer cheese soup more festive.
    • Popcorn makes a good accompaniment to beer cheese soup.
      By: coffeemill
      Popcorn makes a good accompaniment to beer cheese soup.