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Pride Pub: Orlando City versus Portland Timbers

Welcome back to Pride Pub, where we maximize your tailgating experience for Orlando City matches. This week, we're getting you ready for the match against the Portland Timbers. Whether you're heading to the Citrus Bowl, or hosting a party, our grub and grog selections will make you the Top Chef!

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Pride Pub is the first name in providing you craft beer and delicious culinary selections. Just a reminder on how this works: we choose a craft beer from the state/city/area of our opponent and include a tasty 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 hosting the MLS Cup holders at the Citrus Bowl. That's right: Portland is coming to town. The return of Kaká is well timed to keep Orlando City out of the loss column. The Lions look to keep the unbeaten streak ALIVE and hopefully leave Portland's hopes of stealing three points DEAD on arrival. As you're about to see, I'm not above cheap jokes. The schedule has given us a bit more time to prepare this week, so no excuses. Let's get to it!

From Portland - Dead Guy Ale, Rogue Brewery

Rogue has been around since 1988 and you really should go read about "Mo." No spoilers here, but let's just say there are some interesting photographs (possibly NSFW). As much as I respect Rogue and its beers, I'd rather we take all three points against Portland this weekend.

According to the Brewery:

"An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast. Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish."

According to the World Beer Championship Judges:

"Deep reddish hue. Generous toasty malt aromas and earthy hops follow through on a moderately full-bodied palate with fruity accents and a long spicy hop finish. A delicious hybrid style with bock-like maltiness but ale-like hopping."

Pair with: Cajun Spicy Pork Chops

Dave's recommendations: We're going to go for the opposite of spicy, with a Sweet Potato Crunch Casserole. The Spicy Pork Chops are an opposing flavor to the Dead Guy Ale, while the casserole will be a complimentary taste. Check out the differences between the two.

From Florida - Double Decker English Style Porter, Brew Bus Brewery

Porter...Portland, eh? I did warn you about bad jokes. The real reason we're recommending this porter is simply taste. It is a smooth dry stout with hints of smoke, chocolate, and even toffee. We're confident you'll enjoy it.

According to the Brewery:

"A silky chocolate character balanced by English hops. Pours a dark brown with a velvety tan head and a decadent malt character."

Pair with: Blackened Steak. The opposing flavor of the blackened spices will go nicely with the sweet undertones of the porter. Feel free to use any of the following cuts: prime rib, sirloin, ribeye, porterhouse, or filet mignon.

Dave's recommendations: Let's have some grilled veggies with our steak this weekend. What? We can be relatively healthy.

Thanks for coming by the Pub, and let us know how you enjoyed our recommendations in the comments section. Vamos Orlando!