This super creamy beer cheese soup brings together beer with cheddar cheese and bacon for the most flavorful beer cheese soup you’ve ever tasted.
‘Tis the season for beer cheese soup, cheeseheads! And, yes, that IS bacon you see garnished on top 😀 Our beer cheese soup recipe brings together sharp cheddar cheese (freshly shredded!), a super creamy roux, and the perfect seasonings sautéed in bacon grease.
This is one of our favorite soup recipes to serve in a bread bowl because, well, cheese + bread = love. It reminds us of our beer cheese dip, but is more…” drinkable.”
Ingredients You Need for Beer Cheese Soup
- Thick-cut bacon: seriously, don’t skip this!
- Diced onion: we used a white onion, but yellow will also work.
- Minced garlic gloves and minced fresh rosemary: we recommend mincing your own for both of these for optimal flavor!
- Butter and all-purpose flour: this creates your roux!
- Chicken broth: we love the flavor of chicken broth, but any broth will do!
- Beer: we used a lager, but feel free to use an amber or pale ale instead.
- Heavy cream: for optimal creaminess, don’t substitute this! Milk will work, but you will miss out on the creaminess that heavy cream provides.
- Sharp cheddar cheese: we recommend shredding your own cheddar cheese! Why? Store-bought shredded cheese is tossed in additives to prevent clumping, and this makes melting a bit more difficult.
Best beer for beer cheese soup
We love using a lager for beer cheese soup, but really any wheat beer will work such as a pale ale, pilsner or an amber.
Beer Cheese Soup Tips & Tricks
DON’T MELT CHEESE OVER HIGH HEAT
While it’s definitely okay to sauté the onions and bacon over higher heat, DO NOT add in the cheese over high heat. Cheese is finicky and drastic temperature changes can cause it to become clumpy and grainy.
Using a different cheese
You sure can! We love the flavor and color that sharp yellow cheddar gives this beer cheese soup, but feel free to sub any semi-hard cheese 1:1. We recommend the following:
- White cheddar
- Medium cheddar
Make this Recipe vegetarian
If you’re looking to avoid the bacon in this recipe, simply replace with shiitake or baby bella mushrooms and sauté in olive oil until crispy. Top the soup with the mushrooms as directed to if you were using bacon.
Toppings for Beer Cheese Soup
If you’re from Wisconsin, you know the go-to topping for beer cheese soup is POPCORN. Other great toppings include:
- Bacon bits (what this recipe calls for!)
- Chopped chives or green onion
- Shredded cheese (can’t go wrong with more cheese!)
- Go ahead and dip a soft pretzel in this delicious soup!
How to Store Beer Cheese Soup
Store this beer cheese soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
When Reheating Beer Cheese Soup: we recommend reheating just like it’s cooked — LOW AND SLOW! Reheat on the stovetop on low, stirring frequently. This will help prevent any separating or uneven reheating. You may need to add broth when reheating if your soup is too thick. Start with a tablespoon and increase from there.
Freezing Beer Cheese Soup: because cheese has a difficult time with drastic temperature changes, we do NOT recommend freezing this soup!
How to Serve Beer Cheese Soup
Every cheesy soup deserves to be topped with, well, even more cheese! We topped ours with shredded cheddar, bacon bits, and fresh chives. For dipping, we used a simple soft pretzel, but any kind of bread will work!
Beer Cheese Soup Recipe
- 6 oz. thick-cut bacon cut into lardons
- 1 small onion finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 12- oz. beer we used a lager
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 16- oz. sharp cheddar cheese freshly shredded
- Heat a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is browned and crisp– about 7 minutes.
- Remove the bacon using a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel to drain. Remove all but one tablespoon of bacon drippings from the pan.
- Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until it is soft and translucent– about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and rosemary and cook for an additional minute.
- Add the butter and allow it to melt– then sprinkle over the flour and stir until it begins to form a thick paste. Slowly add the chicken broth, stirring constantly. If there are any large lumps of flour, whisk the soup vigorously until they have dissolved.
- Next, add the beer and heavy cream. Stir to combine. Allow the soup to simmer for 5 minutes so it can thicken slightly. Slowly add the cheese, stirring as you add. Keep stirring until all of the cheese has melted.
- Serve the soup topped with the crispy bacon bites and sliced green onions with pretzels or sourdough on the side.
- Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.