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Pride Pub: Orlando City vs New York City FC

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 New York City FC with your grub and grog recommendations. Whether you're at the Citrus Bowl or hosting at home, you'll be ready!

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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 yummy 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.

I'm writing this just as we took three points from Montreal, so drink up me hearties (I know I am), and let's keep the good times rolling. This week, we welcome New York City FC to the Citrus Bowl; once again it's for the season. So, no slacking! Get the beer, get the ingredients and make it a celebration! Here we go...

From New York: Toasted Lager, Blue Point Brewing


According to the Brewery:

"Our flagship and most popular brew, Toasted Lager is the best American Amber Lager you’ll ever taste.

To back up that claim, we use six different grains to perfect a balanced flavor of malt and hops, and a special proprietary lager yeast to give Toasted Lager an exceptional, long-lasting smooth finish that’s meant to be enjoyed year-round. Pairs perfectly with fresh seafoodor any food for that matter.

We know it’s good, but don’t just take our word for it. Toasted Lager is an award-winning beer, highlighted by its gold medal from the World Beer Cup in 2006."

Pair with: Broiled White Fish Parmesan

Dave’s recommendations: As a side dish, also broil some vegetables for a healthy and delicious meal.

From Florida: Stay Dry Stout, Green Bench Brewing


According to the Brewery:

"A traditional Irish Dry Stout, Stay Dry is a pun. In St. Petersburg it is difficult to "stay dry." Our weather is either too hot and humid to avoid a constant sweat, or our tropical storms maintain a torrential downpour rolling in off the Gulf of Mexico. This beer is light in body, black in color, and packed with malt forward flavors reminiscent of chocolate, dark caramel, and coffee."

Pair with: Ham and Pineapple Kabobs

Dave's recommendations: Keep it simple. A bed of white rice (or brown rice if being healthy), with a bit of the glaze from the kabobs.

That's all from the Pub this week. I'm not saying my telling everyone to forget the opposition selection versus Montreal was the reason we won, but...Go Lions, beat NYCFC!!!