Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup

Having grown up in Wisconsin, there were certain foods that I came to enjoy as a part of everyday life.  Bratwurst cooked on the grill.  Friday night fish fries.  Beer (Need I say more).  And then there is the food that Wisconsin has always been known for, cheese.  California may try to claim it from us, but make no mistake, we are considered the cheeseheads for one big reason.  Wisconsin knows cheese.  Sorry California.  I love your beautiful weather and your beaches (lord knows Wisconsin is lacking in the sand and salt water department and our winter weather leaves something to be desired), but I just can’t give you the crown for cheese over my beloved hometown state; and yes I’m most definitely biased.

So in the spirit of true cheesehead pride, I have created this recipe as a salute to the state where I grew up.  You can find a steaming bowl of beer cheese soup in just about any mom and pop restaurant in Wisconsin.  And I’m willing to throw money down that pretty much every bowl you find will be good enough to scrape the dish clean.  There’s just something magical about combining cheese and beer together that makes the world right again.  Serve up a brat or some fish fry on the side and you’ll be ready to move your roots to the north.  Guaranteed.

In other news, the big day is finally here!  My blogoversary is officially on Thursday, but we’ll be celebrating on Friday with a giveaway or two and a look back at the past year of Mommie Cooks (and what a year it’s been!)  Hopefully the new site design will be launched by then as well.  It’s as good as ready.  I’m just waiting for the green light from my designer.  So keep an eye out cuz Mommy’s updating to a whole new look and this one plans to stick around for awhile.

Ingredients Needed:

1 Tbsp Butter
1 Onion, Chopped
2 Carrots, Chopped
2 Celery Sticks, Chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
4 Tbsp of Flour
1 Cup Beer (any nice pilsner or lager will do)
4 Cups Broth (Veggie or Chicken)
1/2 Cup Half & Half
2 Cups of Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar, Shredded
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce (Sub soy sauce for the vegetarian version)
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
Salt to Taste

Start out by melting up the butter on medium heat.  Add in the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic.  Cook it all for a good 3-4 minutes.

Add the flour to the pan and stir it in well.

Next up you’ll add in the beer and the broth.  Let the soup heat up to a gentle boil.

Once your broth hits a gentle boil, turn the heat down to low and add in the the half & half and the cheese.

Allow the cheese to melt completely and then add in the mustard, worcestershire, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Grab your immersion blender and smooth out your soup.  If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can puree batches in a blender.  Just make sure you don’t fill it more than a third full at a time and cover it tightly so you don’t end up with a soupy mess.

Add a bit of salt to taste and you’re ready to enjoy a big ol’ bowl of true Wisconsin love.

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Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup

Total Time: 30 min


1 Tbsp Butter
1 Onion, Chopped
2 Carrots, Chopped
2 Celery Sticks, Chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
4 Tbsp Flour
1 Cup Wisconsin Beer (any nice pilsner or lager will do)
4 Cups Broth
1/2 Cup Half & Half
2 Cups Wisconsin Cheddar, Shredded
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
Salt to Taste


Start out by melting up the butter on medium heat. Add in the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook it all for a good 3-4 minutes.

Add the flour to the pan and stir it in well.

Next up you'll add in the beer and the broth. Let the soup heat up to a gentle boil.

Once your broth hits a gentle boil, turn the heat down to low and add in the the half & half and the cheese.

Allow the cheese to melt completely and then add in the mustard, worcestershire, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Grab your immersion blender and smooth out your soup. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can puree batches in a blender. Just make sure you don't fill it more than a third full at a time and cover it tightly so you don't end up with a soupy mess.

Add a bit of salt to taste and you're ready to enjoy a big ol' bowl of true Wisconsin love.

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70 Responses to “Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup”

  1. 1

    Mari's Cakes — February 21, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    This looks yummy. I just imagine dipping fresh bread into the soup. Great recipe!
    I can’t wait for Friday to celebrate your anniversary :)

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    anne — February 21, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    You know you had me at “Wisconsin” and this soup does us proud!! I will be on vacay over your anniversary and I’m trying NOT to take my computer, so i will say Happy Blogeversary to you, in case I do “forget” to bring the computer with me!! anne

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    Pamela Fatone — February 21, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    My husband would love love love this soup. Today, we had fresh snow,it might be his lucky day. He does not have work today so…
    BTW I can not bring myself to think of California cheese, I think Vermont ( good chesse there too) and Wisconsin. I was lucky enough once to be at a true Bratworst while training out at Kohler…..yum!

  4. 4

    Pamela Fatone — February 21, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    I just noticed that comment luv was not grabbing my last, I just found the problem, sorry for this non related post.

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    Stephanie — February 21, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Happy early blog birthday! What a great way to start off a week of celebration. This soup looks fantastic.

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    Faith — February 21, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    Wow julie.. Thos soup calls my name. It looks really delicious. Happy Blogeversary, I am so happy to have found your blong. you’re an AMAZING cook :)

    Have a great week ahead.

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    Laura in Cancun — February 21, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    Oh my gosh I’m dying for a bowl of that!

    I loooove soups and I love cheese, so this is perfect.

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    Katerina — February 21, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    I haven’t tried to put beer in a soup. you gave me a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 — February 21, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    Mmmm…Julie, your soup sounds absolutely delicious, and would be the perfect thing for our cold and rainy weather right now!

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    Ma What's For Dinner — February 21, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    Two of my favorite things together in one warm steaming bowl of goodness??? Count me in! Looks amazing. Maybe I can come visit and you can make it for me??? :)

    Thanks for your sweet words about our dog, Guinness. Hearing everone’s words of encouragement and sympathy is really helpful.

    I hope you’re having a happy President’s Day!


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    Rach — February 21, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    Haha! I love your little Wisconsin/California talk. ;)

  12. 12

    rebecca — February 21, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    wow what a fun soup

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    Maranda — February 21, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    Slobber, slobber, drool, drool!!! A bowl of that with some crusty French bread! I am SO in!!! And with a beerbrat on the side. Yes please!!

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    Jen — February 21, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    This Minnesota girl appreciates a good Wisconsin beer cheese soup. Looks delicious. Can’t wait to see the new site design.

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    christy — February 21, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

    julie! my hubs is from wisconsin..plymouth to be exact and grew up working in a cheese factory. I will definitely make this for him…i am sure we will both LOVE it.

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    Sanjeeta kk — February 22, 2011 @ 6:21 am

    What a lovely color and creamy consistency for this healthy bowl of soup!
    Lovely presentation.

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    debbie — February 22, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    That looks incredible! I have already bookmarked this recipe! Thanks.

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    Cookin' Canuck — February 22, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    Your Wisconsin relatives will be proud – this looks fantastic!

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    marla — February 22, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    This soup sounds decadent & fabulous! Must be soooo creamy & cheesy.

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — February 22, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Your Wisconsin love looks so yummy! I’ve never tried beer in soup but it sounds really good. Looking forward to your new site. :)

  21. 21

    Kristen — February 22, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    Wow – I bet that soup is amazing. I love cheese soup!

  22. 22

    Cindy — February 22, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    Yummy. If I did not have chicken marinating, I would make this today. But I might make it later this week. After I remember to go buy a new boat motor. Because that is a need. Need, I tell you.

    Suggest a good Wisconsin beer or tell me what you used. I know Texas and Belgians and piss beer. I’m not going to cook with Chimay. Would a Shiner Spring (Dortmunder) work?

    Congrats on the blogoversary. You are AMAZING! Keep up the fantastic work!

  23. 23

    Juliana — February 22, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

    Julie, this cheese soup looks delicious, so creamy and full of flavor. Nice presentation as well :-)

  24. 24

    5 Star Foodie — February 22, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

    Oh, I so need to make this delicious cheesy soup for my husband, he would love this!

  25. 25

    Amber — February 22, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    Ooh! I’ve been wanting to make beer cheese soup. I’ll have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for the nudge! And I, too, agree that Wisconsin has the best cheese. I have yet to eat a proper cheese curd in California. I have to go to Seattle to get anything close to the ones I loved in Wisconsin.

    Congrats on the new design. It’s awesome!

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    Anna Johnston — February 23, 2011 @ 12:21 am

    Do you know that I’ve never had beer cheese soup, I do believe that has to be rectified ASAP. Love cheese + love beer…., so gotta like this don’t you think?

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    Amanda — February 23, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    As a Wisconsinite this dish is fabulous! I only wish I could have a big bowl for lunch!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — February 23, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    oh my goodness, this looks like the perfect winter meal! I wish I had some for lunch right now. I used to love cheese soup when I was little!

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    Amanda — February 23, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

    Ohhh sounds wonderful! I’m in Twin Lakes, WI where did you grow up?

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    Alessio — February 24, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    Lovely recipe! And perfect for German bellies too :D We got plenty of different beers in here, cheese not so many but some Old Amsterdam & young Gouda should make this soup yummy and velvety. I must try this one asap!

  31. 31

    (Florida) Girl with a New Life — February 24, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    Um. You had me at cheese. Seriously. This is gonna make me stop for lunch.

  32. 32

    Sarah J — February 28, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    Yummy! This will be on my list of things to make in the near future! I live in Wisconsin, born and raised and enjoy of the Wisconsin “traditions” you listed :)

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    jenny ross — March 20, 2011 @ 4:19 am

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    Krista — August 18, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    This soup looks great. I can’t wait to try it. Just one thing. You have it classified as vegetarian but worcestershire sauce is not vegetarian. It’s from fish. I believe that the vegetarian alternative for this is soy sauce.

    Thanks for the vegetarian category, however. I’m excited to explore your recipes.

    • Julie replied: — August 18th, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

      Thanks for letting me know that Krista, I honestly had no idea that worcestershire sauce wasn’t vegetarian! I’ll add soy as an alternative up in the recipe. I appreciate the kind words. :)

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    Kankana — October 7, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    So simple and looks so comforting. Now that Fall is approaching .. i am all geared up to try new soups!

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    Serenity — January 7, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I was craving beer cheese soup! I made it with Newcastle and I added Hungarian paprika and a bit of fiery chilli oil at the end to give it more heat. It was a great success with my husband. Thank you, again, for posting! Excellent recipe.

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    Stephanie — March 1, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I have been telling my hubby (who brews his own amazing beers) that I need to make beer cheese soup for him. I also grew up in WI and now live in sunny AZ. My mom prepared hers with a small amt of cubed potatoes and slices of brats in the soup. I am adding your soup to my menu for this week!:))

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    Joanna — March 3, 2012 @ 1:53 am

    I always add some cooked, crumbled bacon on top of my very similar recipe, delicious!!!

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    Amy — May 17, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    The whole family loved it! Thanks- great recipe.

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    Brent Via — October 8, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

    How many people will this recipe feed

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    Lyndsey — October 20, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

    Just made it and, it’s WONDERFUL!!!! gteat flavor, just added alittle more cheese and beer kept everything else the same….Like i said IT’S WONDERFUL AND WILL MAKE AGAIN :)

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    Trista — November 4, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    Made this tonight and it was really good!! As a WI native, I know a good beer cheese soup. :) I actually added 6 strips of chopped up bacon and a full tablespoon of red pepper flakes. Also, I did not blend the soup– made it very easy and delicious. WILL MAKE AGAIN

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    flagdaygal — January 13, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    Awesomely delicious soup! Made exactly as instructed and it did not disappoint! My husband, who was skeptical, loved it too :)

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    Sara — February 6, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    I just came across your blog while “googling” beer/cheddar soup! It is one of my boyfriend’s favorite soups, so I searched for a recipe and came across yours. I made your recipe last night and it was a huge success!! Loved it. Thanks!!

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    Jackie Newlander — April 27, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    Where is the print button so we can print this off? Then we won’t get the whole page of junk.

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    Jackie Newlander — April 27, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

    ok found it, this looks good and I’m going to try it

  52. 52

    Heather — August 10, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    I’ve been searching and searching for the perfect beer cheese soup. I’m not going to lie, this wasn’t it, but it was very good! Thanks for sharing, checkout my full review: http://heatskitchen.blogspot.com/2013/08/cheesy-veggie-soup.html

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    Kayla — September 10, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

    Was not the greatest. I’ve had a lot better beer cheese soup with other recipes. Not the best tasting

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    Melissa Belanger - A Teaspoon of Happiness — September 11, 2013 @ 12:29 am

    Just found your blog tonight, and being from Wisconsin myself I’m excited to give this soup a try. I haven’t even had beer cheese soup in a while, but I’ve been on a soup kick lately and and really craving some of this!

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    Brent — September 20, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

    Love this one.,. I add a couple slices of cooked crisp crumbled bacon, and some blanched broccoli at the end of the blending part so little pieces are still seen… very very good…

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