Excellent soup! It was very easy to prepare and even easier to eat. My family likes spice, so I added 3 diced cloves of garlic and 1 tsp of cayenne pepper. Also sliced up one stalk of celery. Next time I make it I will add some fresh ginger slices also. Served it with some good sourdough bread and some more of the beer (I used Landshark). A most satisfying meal; thanks for posting this recipe.