100 Favorite Dishes: #7: Beer Muenster Cheese Soup

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Big Bear Brewing Co Beer Muenster Cheese Soup
Rebecca Dittmar
Since 1996 -- long before you could get a craft beer on almost any corner bar in the tri-county area -- Big Bear Brewing Co. has been serving up its microbrewed goodness to the residents of Coral Springs. It has also been dishing up some mighty delicious food. Sometimes, the brews find their way into the dishes.

Beer Muenster Cheese soup is basically the best grilled cheese you've ever had turned into a soup. There's really no better way to put it. It's a pretty simple dish. The thick, cheesy soup is served in and spills out of a crusty housemade bread bowl. Big Bear's Grizzly Red Ale is a key ingredient and you can taste the hops, which keeps the muenster from being overwhelmingly cheesy.

I personally recommend you pair the soup with the Kodiac Belgian Double. The soup is a thick, heavy dish and it needs a strong beer to compete with it. You can order this as part of a soup and salad combo, but you better bring your appetite. If you order it before a meal, ask for two spoons and split it with a friend.

Soup might not seem like a first choice for a meal under the sweltering South Florida sun, but on a dreary, gray afternoon in the extremely low lit Big Bear dining room, it makes the ideal comfort food.

Location Info

Big Bear Brewing Co.

1800 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Clean Plate Charlie
Clean Plate Charlie

Interesting. I have been eating this soup at Big Bear for years, so it is now the cheese soup by which I judge all others. Maybe it's just what you're used to that defines what you like. But I totally agree on the bread bowl front.

Lisa Melegari
Lisa Melegari

I have tried this soup twice and being a Wisconsinite I can say this is a far cry from *real* beer cheese soup. The beer they use is very sweet, masking the cheese flavor TOO much. I find beer cheese soup works best with a medium ale - not too sweet, but not too bitter. Huge disappointment in my book, but the bread bowl is fantastic. Every cream-based soup should be served in one.

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