I’ll admit it right now.. I’ve always been a winter hater. Waking up extra early to scrape about an inch of ice off your windshield, white knuckle driving icy/snowy roads, negative temperatures that give you a brain freeze when you step outside… I can keep going, but I think you get the picture. We got our first taste of what’s to come when it snowed a few days before Halloween. I did my best to enjoy how pretty the falling snow was and make some hearty, filling, warming to the bones kind of soup… that of course involved beer… and I came up with this Loaded Baked Potato IPA Soup.
If a baked potato and beer cheese soup had a delicious baby.. this would be it. Made with chunks of baked potato, double smoked bacon, white cheddar, and Exile’s Dankalope IPA. I served mine up with some freshly baked sourdough bread and of course an icy cold beer to wash it down. If this is what winter could be like.. I think this might be the year I finally embrace it!