Beer cheese soup at the Schlafly Tap Room is, to me at least, a St. Louis classic. For one thing, it already includes beer and cheese, two of the three main local food groups (add a bit of bacon and you could hit them all). I’ve had this soup (or at least a taste of my husband’s) pretty much every time that we visit. I think he especially likes that it comes with an extra shot of beer on the side.
On the menu the soup’s description is just “creamy vegetables, cheese, ale.” A great foundation upon which a lot of soups could be built — and also, a platform that allows them to mix things up a bit. In the past the soup had been made with traditional cheddar, and featured a tangy underlying beer flavor. Perhaps it’s seasonal, or maybe they just had extra white cheddar lying around, but this time things were different — the soup was white, and the mild cheddar resulted in a more pronounced onion flavor. Also they use the super-hoppy IPA both in the soup and in the extra shot on the side — the strong beer taste cut through all of the other ingredients and really dominated the soup. Still — ultimately, it was delicious. I guess it’s really hard to go wrong with the combo of beer and cheese.