Here at the Pride Pub we get you ready for the game with craft beer and culinary treats. 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, Orlando City is traveling to the Big Apple to take on New York City FC. While there hasn't been a loss this season, there hasn't been a win either. This week would be the perfect time to take three points from our Eastern Conference foe and budding rival. We're on a short turnaround again, so let's get on with it.
From New York - Bengali IPA, Sixpoint Brewery
Sixpoint Brewery has been around since 2004 and they have a very interesting history regarding their name and the symbol of the Brewer's Star. Let's just say I would enjoy beating New York City FC almost as much as I enjoy Sixpoint beers.
According to the Brewery:
"...While we could suggest what food this beer pairs well with, or which glass to serve it in, the most important thing to remember is: even though we may take beer very seriously, we don't take ourselves too seriously. It's Mad Science."
Sixpoint is excellent at brewing beer, even if they can't then describe that beer very well. It is one of my personal favorites, as it is nicely hopped without going overboard and has a nice smooth finish. It also has excellent color, that is a little darker than some IPA's, but speaks to its pleasant taste. For another opinion, visit our friends at Monkeys Fighting Robots.
Pair with: Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Fried Rice
Dave's Recommendations: IPA's go very well with spicy food, hence the Thai food. Of course it's an all-in-one dish, so no recommendations this week other than to enjoy the meal.
From Florida - Beach Blonde Ale, 3 Daughters Brewing
It's already getting warmer, so why not to head to the metaphorical beach with this excellent blonde ale. 3 Daughters Brewing's Beach Blonde Ale is nice and light, but not too sweet. An excellent example of what makes Florida great.
According to the Brewery:
"The unique flavor with just enough hops to balance out the sweetness of the malt. Refreshing and light with a bright golden hue, this beer finishes with a satisfying hint of citrus. Just as the beaches of Florida are always open, there is always an ice cold Beach Blonde Ale to be found year round."
Pair with: Easy Baked Fish Fillets. Blonde Ales were practically made to go with white fish. Feel free to use any firm white fish (cod, haddock, grouper, etc).
Dave's Recommendations: Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice will be a tasty side dish for the fish fillets.
Thanks for stopping by the Pub this week. Enjoy the selections, and Vamos Orlando!