It’s that time of year when everyone is staying indoors, keeping out of the cold and snow. It also means that it’s soup season and what better to pair yummy soup with than a glass of tasty beer! I’ve paired five different combinations of soup and beer together, so you can find something to match your taste.
One pairing that you can’t go wrong with is she-crab soup with an Allagash White or Hitachino Nest White Ale. This crab soup makes my mouth water just thinking about it and pairs nicely with a witbier like the light and delicious Allagash White. Any shellfish soup will pair well with a witbier if crab isn’t your thing.
Oskar Blue’s Mamas Little Yella Pils is well matched with a vegetable soup like this Italian orzo spinach soup. Little Yella Pils or Victory’s Prima Pils will not overwhelm the spices in this soup while the clean hops flavor complements the vegetables perfetly.
1. She-crab soup from Southern Living + Allagash White | 2. Italian orzo spinach soup from Gime Some Oven + Oskar Blues Mamas Little Yella Pils | 3. Chuck Roast with Balsamic and Dijon soup from The Wicked Noodle + Bear Republic Red Rocket Amber | 4. Quick Healthy Chili from Camille Styles + Bells Kalamazoo Stout | 5. White Cheddar Potato Garlic soup from the Curvy Carrot + Odell Brewing IPA
If you are craving a heartier soup, try pairing chuck roast with balsamic and dijon soup with the smooth caramel flavor of Bear Republic Red Rocket Amber or Bell’s Amber Ale. These ambers have nice caramel undertones that will really let the meat and onions of the soup shine through.
Who wouldn’t love this quick healthy chili recipe that will pair perfectly with Bells Kalamazoo Stout or Left Coast Brewing Voo Doo Stout. Stouts are perfect this time of year to match up with a hearty healthy chili. Chili comes in a variety of ingredients and flavors, so, depending on your recipe another great pairing are spiced fall beers that might be left over or on super sale at your market. Fall spices will blend well with a heavily seasoned chili or if you’re making your own batch of chili, I suggest pouring some in while you’re cooking.
Lastly the bitterness of the Odell Brewing IPA or Ballast Point Sculpin IPA will pair well with this white cheddar potato garlic soup. If you haven’t tried IPAs and cheese, they are a perfect match. The hoppy notes of the IPAs are a great balance to strong cheeses like sharp cheddar.
I hope that one of these soups fits your fancy and you end up with a new favorite soup and beer. I for one can’t wait to try the white cheddar soup from the Curvy Carrot which will go great with one of the many IPAs I have stocked in my beer fridge. Here’s hoping you find a new favorite to warm up with!