We’re back in the Pub and we want to give a very special welcome to those that are joining us for the first time! So, let’s address the elephant in the room. Yes, Pride Pub had its name before we had the NWSL team called the Orlando Pride. Yes, I would be happy to do a Pride Pub for an Orlando Pride match, however I would only do so if there were enough demand. That said, let’s get to it!
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.
For the first match of this new season, Orlando City is hosting Real Salt Lake! We all have so many questions going into this season. Will Cyle Larin be able to follow up his record setting first season? How will the new additions contribute on the field? Will Kaká be able to back up his comments on making the playoffs? The question you don't have to answer is: "What beer and food should I be consuming this Sunday?" I'll take care of that for you.
From Salt Lake City - Hop Nosh IPA, Uinta Brewing
Last season, Real Salt Lake finished second to last in the Western Conference. Hopefully, they won’t be as good as Uinta’s beers and they’ll finish second behind Orlando City this Sunday. I really do enjoy Hop Nosh IPA. I even have the t-shirt!
According to the Brewery:
"Description - Bold and refreshing, this IPA combines an abundance of hops with a smooth malt profile. Story - Embracing our inner foodie, Hop Nosh is so big in hop character that it is literally a hoppy snack."
Pair with: Barbacoa Beef Tacos
Dave’s Recommendations: If you truly have the time, make your own fresh salsa with tortillas. When I make mine, I use the following:
5 medium tomatoes
1 ea. orange, yellow & green peppers
2-3 jalapeños peppers (according to taste)
1-2 serrano peppers (according to taste)
2 tablespoons diced garlic
2 teaspoons black pepper
Chop everything to the desired size, mix and let sit overnight for best taste (you can eat it right away if you just can’t wait). If you can make your own tortilla chips then you’re better in the kitchen than I am.
From Orlando - Right on Red! Ale, Orlando Brewing Company
Grab your growlers! Since this is the first match, we're heading to the Orlando Brewing Company. Since it's March, I decided to go with an Irish style red ale. Perhaps the luck of the Irish will help garner three points. If nothing else, the red ale will be quite tasty.
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 Fuggle's hops to create this crowd pleasing, copper colored brew."
Pair with: Roast Pork Sandwiches
Dave’s Recommendations: Have some cuban-style red beans and rice to go with that delicious pork sandwich.
Did anyone else notice that it’s Lions versus Lions this Sunday? Kingston versus Leonardo. You know, purple is the color of Kingston and kings. With that being said...eat up, drink up, and as always: Vamos Orlando!