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Pride Pub: Orlando City at Philadelphia Union

Welcome back to Pride Pub, where we maximize your tailgating experience for Orlando City matches. This week, we're getting you ready for the match against the Philadelphia Union with your grub and grog recommendations. Whether you're at a watch party or hosting at home, you'll be king of the pride!

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Welcome back to the Pride Pub! Just a reminder on how this works: we choose a craft beer from the state/city/area of our opponent and include a delicious recipe to pair with that beer. Of course, we also choose a Florida craft beer to represent our Orlando City Lions and the beautiful Sunshine State.

This week the Pub heads to PPL Park for the final regular season match against the Philadelphia Union. Once again, it's a must win match following the 2-1 win over New York City FC. Just because the playoffs are a longshot, doesn't mean we don't try. So let's make sure we do it right this week.

From Pennsylvania: HopDevil IPA, Victory Brewing Company


According to the Brewery:

"The mythical HopDevil® resides in the lore of farmers. Our HopDevil is the real deal. Bold, spicy and menacingly delicious. He’s the product of distinctive American hops and meticulous craftsmanship. Arising from the heady wilds of our hopback and gently tamed with time, this Devil makes a great companion.

Bold, spicy and Menacingly Delicious™, this American hopped India Pale Ale offers an aromatic punch and then follows through with a lasting, full-bodied finish provided by quality German malts."


Pair with: BBQ Ribs

This one takes a little planning. You’re going to have to prep on Saturday night and let them marinate overnight. The good news is you'll have plenty of time on Sunday to get them grilled.

Dave’s recommendations: Corn on the Cob with Tarragon

Your fingers are going to be messy from the ribs--might as well forget utensils all together and rock the corn on the cob.

From Florida: O-Town Brown Ale, Orlando Brewing Company

When we started this, we sent you to the Orlando Brewing Company with your growlers to fill. Well, it seems appropriate to head back there for the final regular season match. Plenty of time this week to head on by and get some O-Town Brown.


According to the Brewery:

"Moderately hopped with organic Golding hops, our English style Brown Ale has a toasty, nutty taste. This beer is slightly malty and contains notes of caramel and hints of chocolate."

Pair with: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Probably my favorite pairing with brown ales. Full of flavor that compliments the toasted taste of the ale.

Dave’s recommendations: Homemade Garlic Bread

Also good for sopping up whatever you don't get with your utensils.

I would like to say that we at the Pride Pub have thoroughly enjoyed serving you this season, and if we are fortunate enough to have another few games we will continue to do so. If not, then thank you for your custom, and we will open again next season.

As always, Go Lions! Beat Philly!