Cheddar Beer Soup


Nothing brightens up a cool fall day like a steaming bowl of cheese soup…with beer!! This silky rich and complex soup will bring a smile to your face. And it’s super easy to make!! Wow your friends and family with this cozy and delicious soup.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup beer (dark beer works better)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • pretzels for serving


Heat the butter in a saucepan over low heat and toss in a whole clove of garlic. Simmer the garlic in the butter to infuse the butter with the garlic flavor. After about 5 minutes, remove garlic and discard. Raise the heat to medium and whisk in the flour and cook until the mixture starts to bubble, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the stock and beer and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Incorporate the cheese stirring until fully melted and smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste (I say generously…Be brave!). Top with more shredded cheddar and serve with pretzels.
Note:  This soup can also be topped with crumbled cooked bacon, scallions, minced jalapeno, and minced tomatoes. Be creative!!
Servings: 4


Jenn Knapp

About Jenn Knapp

Jenn is a self-taught home cook who's passionate about using local and seasonal ingredients. She's a stay-at-home mother of two constantly looking for innovative ways to encourage her kids to be healthy and adventurous eaters.