Smoked Porter and Cheese Soup



Melt butter in a large pot. Add onion, celery and carrots and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour; cook one minute, stirring often. Stir in broth.

Add potatoes and beer. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

Transfer vegetables to a food processor or blender. Process until pureed. Return to pan; add cream, cayenne, and salt to taste. Reheat to a simmer. Add cheese, 1/2 cup at a time and stir until melted. Do not boil. Garnish with additional shredded cheese and if you wish, bacon bits and popcorn.

Some suggested beer and cheese pairings: