This week, Orlando City is hosting the Chicago Fire! After last Sunday’s dramatic comeback, we’re ready for another exciting match this Friday night. To add to your excitement, here are your grub and grog selections for this week. It’s a short turnaround, so let’s not waste any time.
Just a reminder on how this works: we choose a craft beer from the state/city/area of our opponent and include an appetizing 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.
From Chicago - Argus EZ Rider Pale Ale, Argus Brewery
Argus Brewery has been around since 2009 and have been consistently brewing quality beers ever since. Last Sunday the Fire played NYCFC in a 4-3 barn burner and, unlike Argus EZ Rider Pale Ale, the back line was not very consistent.
According to the Brewery:
"EZ Rider was made as the go-to pale ale. Not too assertive, but not too dull, it strikes a balance with a cascade of fruity hop and simple malt background. It’s the perfect pale ale for lounging out on the patio after work or sunny summer weekends."
Pair with: Chicago Style Hot Dogs will go nicely with the EZ Rider Pale Ale, thanks to all the veggies on this culinary treat. By the way, it is considered a serious transgression to put ketchup on a hot dog in Chicago.
Dave’s Recommendations: Nothing like some homemade, hand-cut, Double-Fried French Fries to go along with your loaded hot dog. Almost as importantly, we're going to stir up the long argued debate: is a hot dog a sandwich? Vote below!
From Florida - Lunar Eclipse Stout, Tomoka Brewery
Orlando City scored two goals in the last minute and four seconds of stoppage time to save the day last Sunday. An event so rare that it was the first time in MLS history that it has happened. A lunar eclipse is also very rare, though there is one later this month. To celebrate both of these rare events, we are going to send you with your growler to fill up on Tomoka Brewery's Lunar Eclipse Stout.
According to the Brewery:
"A medium bodied, Irish style ale loved for its impeccable balance. The moderate caramel sweetness from the malts harmonizes with organic Columbus and Fuggles hops to create this crowd pleasing, copper colored brew."
Pair with: Spicy Beef Stew is a classic pairing for a stout, so enjoy how the flavors compliment each other in this pairing.
Dave’s Recommendations: We’re in the South, so obviously I’m going to recommend some yummy cornbread. It’s great for sopping up the beef stew.
That's it for this week in the Pub. We'll see you next week. Vamos Orlando!