What is the most Wisconsin thing ever? A green and gold badger brewing a Pilsner? Not quite. The true king on the throne of Wisconsin is the one and only Beer Cheese soup. The name says it all – you take beer, you take cheese and you put them in a soup. This Wisconsin delicacy is available all over this city, and here are a few top spots where you can find some.
1013 N Old World 3rd St; (414) 273-8709
We’re starting off with the big dog. Milwaukee Brat House was featured in USA Today, which wrote, “[The beer cheese soup] is very good, and you can really taste the beer, but it is also rich and heavy and might not leave you with room for all the other great food.” What kind of weaklings do you take us for, USA Today? We’ll down five bowls of their signature beer cheese soup (brewed with Lakefront Brewery IPA and topped with slivers of pretzel) and still be down for a couple cheeseburgers and a slice of pie.
1030 N Water St; (414) 292-0100
At this Bartolotta Group restaurant, you can order yourself a bowl of beer cheese, or you can get one of their German-style warm pretzels, which comes with all the beer cheese dipping sauce you could want. Beer cheese has always mischievously straddled the line between sauce and soup, but at the Rumpus Room you can have both.
3825 S Kinnickinnic Ave; (414) 744-4448
Where there is beer, let me sow cheese. St. Francis Brewery uses their Kolsch beer to blend multiple cheeses, ham, chopped carrots and celery into a signature beer cheese soup that is truly heavenly. It’s popular enough that a fellow named Jeff requested that the Journal Sentinel publish the recipe, so now you can try to mix up a batch at home, if it so pleases you.
11046 N Port Washington Rd; (262) 241-3450
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble; Cheese of Merkt’s right on the lake; In the cauldron boil and bake; Local amber poured in the bowl; Add soft salted pretzel … Not a roll; Then the beer cheese soup is firm and good. This is pretty much how Chancery brews up their take on beer cheese soup, readily available at their Mequon location.
509 West Wisconsin Ave; (414) 271-2337
What’s the only thing better than Wisconsin cheese? That’s right – aged Wisconsin cheese. Miller Time Pub uses seasonal amber beer and aged Wisconsin cheeses to make their beer cheese soup, and then they top it off with pepper-smoked bacon and parsley.
1872 N Commerce St; (414) 372-8800
The Lakefront IPA is used in the Milwaukee Brat House beer cheese soup, but the Brewery itself offers some of their own beer cheese soup/sauce. So next time you’re enjoying one of the city’s best brewery tours, stop afterward for some beer cheese with the crew.
1947 N Farwell Ave; (414) 273-7677
Comet Cafe makes their own beer cheese sauce, served by itself or with fries. Imagine this – it’s a cold and dreary day, the world has gotten you down, the infinite unknowable mysteries of this world won’t leave you be. But then you smell something in the distance, a faint odor of cheese … and beer … possibly in some sort of soup form. You rush after the aroma and soon enough, you’re wrist-deep in a bowl of fries, dipping them madly into Comet Cafe’s handmade beer cheese sauce. With a mouthful of potatoes, you can’t help but weep at the hidden beauties this world has to offer.