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Fall is here! That means it’s time to pull out the soup pot and put it to good use!

This recipe is a delicious combination of Tillamook Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese and another Northwest local, Widmer Brothers Beer!

The recipe called for Widmer Citra Blond but I decided to make mine with Widmer Drifter Pale Ale. Whichever variety you decide to use, I’m sure it will be tasty!

The pairing of Tillamook Cheese and Widmer Beer gives this soup a distinctly rich and deep flavor that entices you to go back for seconds (or thirds, in my case). Enjoy!


6 ounces Tillamook Butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 ribs celery, finely chopped
6 ounces flour
1 bottle Widmer Brothers blond ale
1 quart plus 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 ½ pounds Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 quart plus 1 cup half-and-half
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
salt to taste
shredded cheese and chopped scallions for garnish


In a large saucepan or kettle, heat butter, onion and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions turn translucent. Add flour and stir until completely blended. Remove pan from heat and set aside.

In a separate pot, bring beer and chicken or vegetable stock to boiling. Bring pan with butter, onion and celery back to medium heat. Using a fine wire whisk, slowly whisk into the vegetable mixture the heated stock and beer until any lumps disappear.

Reduce heat to a low simmer, stir in cheese and half-and-half until smooth. Simmer for about 20 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.

Season with pepper and salt to taste. Garnish individual servings with more cheddar cheese and chopped scallions.

Makes 4 quarts

For a couple more simple cheese soup recipes, try Tillamook Cheddar Beer Soup or Cream of Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup. Let us know how they turn out!


Billie June Anderson

It's really good if served inside of a hollowed out bread bowl.

November 25th, 2014 at 10:26 am

Tillamook Team

Hi there,
Thanks for your great suggestion to serve this in a bread bowl! I'll have to give that a try next time I whip up a batch.

All the best,
Amalya of the Tillamook team

December 1st, 2014 at 12:53 pm

George Berthiaume

Thanks I will try it, but I must reduce because although I like Beer Cheese soup your recipe makes too much for me

December 27th, 2014 at 10:49 am

Tillamook Team

Hi George,
Sounds like a smart idea if the recipe makes too much. Let us know if you need any help cutting down the recipe!
Wishing you a Happy New Year!

All the best,
Amalya of the Tillamook team

December 30th, 2014 at 8:31 am
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