Here at the Pride Pub we provide fine craft beer and delicious grub recommendations to enjoy during Orlando City matches. Just a reminder on how this works: We choose a craft beer from the state/city/area of our opponent and include a recipe to pair with that beer. We also choose a Florida craft beer to represent our Lions and the beautiful Sunshine State. This week, Orlando City hosts the New England Revolution at the Citrus Bowl. We're coming off the heartbreaking loss to Philly (which PRO now says shouldn't have been a loss), so let's turn it around this week.
From New England - Harpoon IPA, Harpoon Brewery
Started in 1986 by Dan Kenary, Rich Doyle, and George Ligeti, Harpoon Brewery became an employee owned company in 2014. That's doing craft beer the right way. While we can have plenty of respect for Harpoon, let's hope New England will have to respect us taking three points this Sunday.
According to the brewery:
"In 1993, Harpoon pioneered IPA brewing with this New England classic. It began as a summer seasonal and people absolutely loved it. So did we. So we made it a year-round beer, and it's now our bestselling beer and our flagship.
Description: Our IPA finds harmony in the combination of hops, malt, and yeast so that no single ingredient dominates the drinking experience. The sturdy malt backbone provides depth of body and color and is balanced by a pleasantly hoppy finish...best enjoyed with friends.
- Appearance: copper in color
- Aroma: floral
- Mouth feel: medium-bodied
- Taste: citrusy, hoppy
- Finish: distinct hop finish"
Pair with: Grilled Sausage with Spicy Sauce. The IPA will initially highlight the spiciness of the sausage, but then help cool it down at the end.
Dave's recommendations: Grilled Peppers and Onions. I can think of nothing better than peppers and onions with the spicy sausages. And hey, it's even a little bit healthy!
From Florida - Poolside Kolsch Ale, JDub's Brewing
According to the brewery:
"A German Style Kolsch Beer. A clean, crisp and delicately balanced beer with subtle lemon flavors. Bright white head with a light sulfury quality. A great warm weather beer that will quench the thirst of the consumer. Has the potential to grab the wine drinker in the group."
Pair with: Skillet Chicken in Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce. Kolsch beers are like a pale ale done with German style. The light flavor of the kolsch will pair perfectly with the light taste of the cilantro lime chicken.
Dave's recommendations: Simple Spanish Rice. Despite the German bend of the beer, we're going Spanish with the meal, and it should be an interesting combination!
Thanks for stopping by, and we'd love your feedback in the comments below. Vamos Orlando!