Add a bottle of brew to the pot, and unlock the secret to perfect soup.
In the snowy months, few things bring soul-soothing, belly-filling warmth like a steaming bowl of soup. Whether you crave a bowl brimming with bright tomato or one full of earthy, creamy mushroom, something special happens when you add a beer to the mix: A stout brings a touch of bitterness, while a lager fills out the flavors you won’t get in a simple broth. Here, five recipes that go from light and spicy to rich and cheesy, all made a touch better with a splash of beer.
Recipes by Jennifer Brulé, photography by Kevin Robie