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"Tipsy" Cheese Soup
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Full-bodied and flavorful cheese soup that gets its extra "kick" from the addition of beer



  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) butter
  • 2 fat cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) dry mustard
  • dash white pepper
  • 3 cups (700 ml) chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups (350 ml) half-n-half
  • 1 cup (225 ml) beer
  • 1 lb (.5 kg). shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • In a large soup pot or saucepan, melt butter over med-high heat.
  • Whisk in flour, and whisk very well to create a smoothe consistency.
  • Cook for 1 minute and stir constantly until smoothe and bubbly.
  • Add the garlic, onion, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and white pepper; blend well.
  • Gradually stir in the broth, beer and half-n-half, stirring constantly until thickened, over lowish heat.
  • Blend in the shredded cheese, stirring constantly.
  • Heat gently until all melted, but do not allow to boil; cook slowly and stir well.
  • Serve immediately; season to taste, if desired.
Serve with buttered rolls or home-made croutons.

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