Winter Beer

Rustic Potato Leek Soup With A White Christmas

It’s almost Christmas. Time for parties and spending time with family and friends. It can be a little overwhelming.

When I need a night to relax and get away from everyone for a spell, I like to put on a movie and have a bowl of hot soup.

Potato leek soup is prefect for this time of year. I’m pairing it with Samuel Adams White Christmas for the holiday season. They also pair well with the movie.

The Beer:

Samuel Adams White Christmas looks like a present ready to be unwrapped. It’s got a festive name and design. Described as “hazy, crisp, and bright” it should help me stay in the Christmas spirit.

Style: Ale brewed with spices and a 5.8% alc/vol.

Color: Like a dark wheat

Aroma: Notes of honey and holiday spices.

Taste: Rich, crips, and hazy with an in-depth holiday spice flavor.

Level of Recommendation: Have this beer on a cold winter night with a roaring fire in the fireplace.

The Food:

Potato leek soup is simple to make. I added a little bacon to mine to give it a little kick, but this soup can easily be made vegan/vegetarian.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 small potatoes
  • Two leeks
  • Thick bacon
  • Small onion
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • Dried rosemary
  • Clove of garlic

Bring the chicken broth to boil. Clean, skin, and chop the potatoes into small cubes.

Chop up the bacon, leeks, and onion. You only need to white to light green parts of the leeks. Sauté the bacon until browned. Sauté the leeks and in some butter. Once cooked down add to the chicken broth.

Bring the chicken broth down from a boil to a simmer. Crush garlic and dried rosemary and add to the pot. Let simmer for 20 minutes.

To make vegan friendly, switch out the chicken broth with vegitable broth and leave out the bacon.

The Pairing:



The soup is full of bacon flavors! It really complements the beer and adds holiday theme. I recommend serving with a crusty bread.

Level of Recommendation: This is a snow day pairing when you don’t want to leave the house.


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