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Karst Beer Cheese Soup

Karst Beer Cheese Soup
Rich and creamy, Karst Beer Cheese Soup is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that’s great as a starter or a satisfying meal.
  1. ¾ cup unsalted butter (1½ sticks)
  2. 1 cup diced white onion
  3. ¾ cup diced celery
  4. 2 tablespoons garlic paste
  5. ¾ cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  6. 2½ cups Guinness, room temperature
  7. 1½ cups heavy cream
  8. 3 cups whole milk
  9. 1 cup water
  10. 1 tablespoon powdered beef bouillon (try Better than Bouillon)
  11. 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  12. 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  13. ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  14. 2½ teaspoons white pepper
  15. 3½ cups shredded Karst cheese
  16. 2 cups shredded parmesan
  17. 1½ tablespoons dry or fresh chives, optional
  18. ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  19. Kosher salt, to taste
  1. Melt butter in a heavy stockpot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and garlic paste. Cook, stirring, until celery and onions are tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour to form a roux and stir with a wooden spoon to keep the mixture from sticking to the pot. Cook until roux has browned slightly.
  3. Add Guinness and whisk vigorously to avoid lumps. Stir in heavy cream, whole milk, water, beef bouillon, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and white pepper. Cook until slightly bubbling, about 180 degrees; do not boil.
  4. Remove soup from heat and whisk in Karst and parmesan cheeses, a handful at a time, making sure each handful is fully incorporated before adding another. Immediately add soup to a blender and blend until smooth, or use an immersion blender. Add chives and red pepper flakes and season to taste with salt.
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Karst Cave-Aged Cheese

Karst is an original, American artisan cheese, which has been cave-aged to perfection in Vermont. Karst features a natural rind. It is the result of an inspired blend of cheddar and Gruyère starter cultures. This pasteurized cow's milk cheese is firm with a sweet and nutty flavor. From a centerpiece on a cheese board, to a mac and cheese, Karst is sure to be a delight.

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