Last Update: Dec 30th, 2023
Bigbear Beer Cheese Soup

Big Bear Beer Cheese Soup Recipe

The Beer Cheese soup at Big Bear Brewing Company is fantastic, and while you may not want to bother to make it at home, you may want to know what's in it. Here's the recipe.

Big Bear Beer Muenster Cheese Soup Recipe

  • 4 1/2 tablespoons margarine, at room temperature (from a stick)
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 heaping tablespoons chicken base (Better Than Bouillon Brand)
  • 6 cups heavy cream
  • 2 1/4 cups red beer (Killian's Irish Red)*
  • 1 1/2 pounds high quality muenster cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (Tabasco) or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • Chopped chives, for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, cream the margarine and flour to make a roux. Set aside.
  2. In a large, heavy saucepan, bring the water, chicken base, cream and beer to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Slowly whisk in the roux and return to a simmer 15 minutes, stirring frequently. (Watch the pot and adjust the heat so the mixture does not boil over.)
  3. Reduce the heat to low and very slowly whisk in the shredded cheese in small additions, making sure each addition melts completely before adding the next. Add the sugar, hot sauce and salt, stirring to make sure the sugar dissolves. Serve hot.

Makes 13 cups.

Nutritional Info

Per (3/4-cup) serving: 456 calories, 86 percent calories from fat, 44 grams total fat, 26 grams saturated fat, 145 milligrams cholesterol, 7 grams carbohydrates, .04 gram total fiber, 3 grams total sugars, 7 grams net carbs, 11 grams protein, 417 milligrams sodium.

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Absolutely. Get the one aged the longest
Are there different qualities of Muenster cheese?

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