This Wednesday, our Lions head into Chi-town to take on the Chicago Fire in U.S. Open Cup play. Now just because it's not a weekend, doesn't mean that the Pride Pub isn't open. As always, we have some excellent recommendations to fill your belly and quench your thirst, with great craft beer and delicious food. Pride Pub policy states that we pick a beer from the region of our opponent, and one from Florida. We then pair the selections with appropriate dishes for your tailgate or watch party.
From Chicago: Argus Ironhorse, Argus Brewing
From the Brewery:
With the re-release of our Common beer, Argus Brewery offers a very unique American beer. This type of beer was brewed in the San Francisco Bay Area from the mid 1800's to the mid 1900's. A hybrid style, it uses a lager yeast but is fermented at warmer temperatures typical of ale. Copper colored and medium bodied, Argus Ironhorse has full malt & spicy herbal hop flavors, producing a very unique character unlike any ale or lager.
Pair with: Pork Tenderloin Roast with Veggies
Dave's Recommendation: As a seasoning alternative, go with the Chicago-based Weber Roasted Garlic and Herb. It will go well with the pork, and is also an excellent choice for the veggies.
From Florida: Stump Knocker Pale Ale, Swamphead Brewery
Feisty, and fights like one of the bigger fish in the pond. Sounds like an expansion team doing better than expected. I've had this excellent Pale Ale, from one of Florida's more established breweries, and I know you'll enjoy it.
From the Brewery:
We named our pale ale after the notoriously feisty Stumpknock fish, whose fight is so fierce you might think you've hooked into the lunker. True to form, this pale ale remains smooth and drinkable but keeps the same hop-headed attitude as the biggest boy in the pond. Stump Knock enjoys a generous dry hop addition, producing a sharp, hot centered ale with a crisp and balanced finish. Go ahead...Knock One Back!
Pair with: The Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger
Dave's recommendation: I chose this because most people like bacon cheeseburgers. I'm more plain in my burger choices, so don't be afraid to add or subtract your preferences on your burger. The key ingredient for any burger starts with the meat. Ground chuck is usually a good choice, assuming you're not worried about your waistline...oh, heck with that...it's match day! Live it up!
As always, have fun at your watch party! Go City! Beat the Chicago Fire!