Beer Cheddar Broccoli Soup

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Beer Cheddar Broccoli Soup

I brewed ten gallons of beer this weekend.

Beer Cheddar Broccoli Soup

It’s about dang time.  As I said in this post recently, I started this ridiculous website because of my love of home brewing, craft beer, and food.  I’m adding a rediscovery of my love for photography to that list – although it’s still a love – hate relationship there.

We had a lot of family responsibilities and home/landscaping improvements that took priority over the last year and we weren’t able to brew as much as we normally do – with the exception of my one mystery ingredient (grapefruit) contest that I entered and didn’t win – boo!  It was called Groovy Red Ruby and was an American Wheat Ale with roasted red ruby grapefruit.  Trust me when I tell you it was a winner in my book!

Beer Cheddar Broccoli Soup

I think we may have a bit left on tap if you want to stop by!

Beer Cheddar Broccoli Soup

We can also whip up some Beer Cheddar Broccoli Soup, put it in bread bowls, and sit on the patio enjoying some home brew with the hope that these ridiculous election shenanigans will be a distant past in the morning.

Beer Cheddar Broccoli Soup

Yield: 4 Servings

Beer Cheddar Broccoli Soup


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 ounces beer - see notes
  • 12 ounces fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cups carrots, shredded - see notes
  • 2 cups extra sharp cheddar, shredded


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil and butter together, add onions and cook until fragrant and softened, 3 - 5 minutes
  2. Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes or until fragrant and softened
  3. Turn off heat and add beer
  4. Turn fire back on, bring just to a boil, and scrape up all the bits from the bottom of the pot
  5. Add broccoli and chicken stock
  6. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until broccoli is softened
  7. Add carrots
  8. Whisk together milk and flour in a measuring cup - no lumps!
  9. Slowly add milk mixture to broccoli, stirring constantly making sure no lumps
  10. Keep stirring until thickened
  11. Add cheese one handful at a time, stirring to melt cheese until adding the next
  12. Transfer 1/3 to 1/2 soup to a food processor or blender and process until chunky smooth and add back into the soup pot - see notes
  13. Reheat until hot enough to serve
  14. Serve in hollowed out bread bowls
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  1. Beer notes:  I like a floral beer in this recipe, so a Belgian or a mild pale ale works here.  I do not recommend a hoppy IPA because when you reduce that it’s going to taste bitter.  You will regret it.
  2. If you buy grated carrots at the grocery, they will take a bit longer to cook than if you grate them yourself.  The grocery ones are just a bit thicker – in my opinion.  Use the amount that blows your dress up.
  3. Same here with the amount.  If you like big chunks of broccoli, then go for it.  If you like it smoother, then blend less.  It’s up to you. This is a judgement free zone.



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21 Responses to Beer Cheddar Broccoli Soup

  1. 10 gallons of beer? Girl, I’m going over! And, if you do have any of that grapefruit one left, love to try!! Sounds awesome! This soup looks pretty awesome too and love that you served in bread bowls. I’ve never had beer in my cheddar broccoli soup and can only imagine that it’s pretty deadly 🙂 Looking forward to trying this one. Pinned! Have a great weekend! xo

  2. On my way!! Roasted grapefruit in an American Wheat style beer? Yes, please! In the meantime, I’ll just settle with staring at these amazing photos of soup. Staring and drooling. I just made a cheddar broccoli soup recently, but I didn’t add any beer. And I’m clearly kicking myself now. This looks amazing, Rach! 🙂

  3. Well Rachelle, Groovy Red Ruby sounds like a winner in my opinion, and make this recipe just incredibly special! I love beer but I have never venture in the home brewing world! I dont like them too hoppy and not too sweet either. Have you ever posted a beer brewing recipe??

    • Thanks, Gaila! I’ve never posted a brewing recipe, but I’ve shared some process information and other experiences like Women’s Brew!

  4. Lol, now that is how you start a blog post – “I brewed ten gallons of beer this weekend.” I had to laugh at that, and then consider getting in my car and immediately driving the 2 hours to your house. 😉 BOOOO to losing that grapefruit beer competition! It must have been rigged because I KNOW your beer was fabulous and deserved to win. Anyways, I LOVE me some broccoli and cheddar soup! So adding beer has me all sorts of drooling! I NEED a vat of this. IMMEDIATELY! Cheers, sweets. xoxo

  5. 10 gallons – red ruby grape fruit? Oh my word, sounds amazing!! And so does this soup! I just made broccoli cheddar soup and now I’m totally wishing I added some beer! That means round 2 🙂 This looks and sounds SO yummy!

  6. 10 gallons of beer? I’m pretty sure my husband would LOVE you. He is getting into home brewing, but I put quite the damper on it since I can’t drink beer (damn gluten!). Anyway, this soup looks fantastic and perfect for a chilly day!

  7. Ummm, you brewed 10 gallons of beer in one weekend? I have 2 questions for you: 1) why do we not live closer to each other & 2) why are we not best friends??? I’d make a big vat of this soup for you if you’d let me come over to your house and drink all your beer. Also, cannot believe you did not win that competition! Groovy Red Ruby should have won and I would have voted for that beer. Let me know if you need me to “you-know’what” punch someone for you 😉

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