Welcome back to Pride Pub! I always appreciate these trips out west--those left-coasters have been doing the craft beer thing for a while. As always, we choose a craft beer from the state/city of our opponent and we pair it with a tasty recipe. Then, to keep things fair, we choose a Florida craft beer with great vittles to represent our Orlando City Lions!
This week, we're taking on the Seattle Sounders in a battle of teams that have some of the largest attendance numbers in MLS. It should be a great atmosphere, and we've picked some great beers to complement this match. Seeing as they are named the Sounders, I know you'll appreciate the Seattle beer we chose even more.
From Seattle, WA: Audible Ale, Red Hook Brewery
According to the brewery:
"Redhook has teamed up with Dan Patrick to brew the ultimate craft beer for watching sports: plenty of flavor and aroma, and crushable enough to make you want another - without making you sloppy by halftime. So, whether you're watching the Dan Patrick Show in your man-cave, or tailgating in a parking lot, it's time to fill your passion bucket with crushable craft. Listen to your thirst. It's Audible."
That's a fine commercial for Audible Ale; for more detailed impressions head over to our friends at Beer Advocate.
Pair with: Blackened Salmon
Dave's recommendations: For a side dish, go with Sweet Potato Fries and maybe top with Parmesan cheese. This particular recipe is for oven-baked fries, so we can continue the "healthy" vibe started by the salmon.
From Florida: Bimini Twist IPA, Three Daughter's Brewery
According to the brewery:
"Don't let this one get away. A slight hint of citrus from the hops makes this India Pale Ale as refreshing as a Bimini sea breeze. It's a catch worthy of a rollicking fish tale. Definitely a keeper. Unfiltered, copper colored IPA with intense citrus and floral hop aroma and a flavor that is balanced by sweet caramel malts with a clean hop bitter finish."
Pair with: Steak (or Chicken) Fajitas
Dave's recommendation: Dave's Homemade Salsa! Simple to make (though it will take an hour to finish with all the chopping) and very tasty--if I say so myself.
5-6 Medium Tomatoes (the type that are on the green vines)
1 each - Orange, Yellow, and Green peppers
1 Large Onion (Yellow or white depending on your taste)
3 Jalapeño peppers (or more depending on taste)
1 Serrano pepper (or more depending on taste)
1/2 Small jar - Minced garlic
Cilantro (about 2/3 of the tube container)
Salt (3/4 tbsp)
Black Pepper (heaping tbsp)
Chips of your choosing
Take the seeds out of the tomatoes and the peppers. Dice the tomatoes and peppers. Add all ingredients together in a glass/ceramic container and refrigerate. It's best the next day, but still tasty right away.
That's all from the Pride Pub. Tip your bartender, drive safe, and Go City!