Here at the Pride Pub, we provide the grub and grog recommendations that allow you to fully enjoy 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 travels to Missouri to take on Sporting Kansas City. Finally, a team not named Revolution or Red Bulls! Since it's a Sunday game, you have plenty of time to get the ingredients and beer together. Have fun!
From Kansas City - Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, Boulevard Brewing Co.
In 1989, John McDonald built himself a brewery on Southwest Boulevard in the historic area of Kansas City. He delivered his first keg of pale ale to a local restaurant a few blocks away, and now Boulevard Brewing Company is delivering excellent beer to us all across the country.
According to the brewery:
"Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that's just a bit persnickety. Here at Boulevard we have fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish."
Pair with: Shawarma! If it's good enough for the Avengers, then it's good enough for Pride Pub.
Dave's recommendations: French fries, of course!
From Florida - Helicity Lager Pilsner, Big Storm Brewery
Big Storm Brewery is the fastest growing craft brewer in Florida. They name their beers after different types of Florida summer storms.
According to the brewery:
"With a subtle hop bitterness and clean finish, Helicity Pilsner is a well-balanced lager that everyone can love - just like the air after a summer rain. Keep and serve cold as hail."
It seems that Big Storm doesn't like talking about themselves very much, so let's see what we can find over at www.ratebeer.com.
Sparkling, medium golden pour, excellent bubble action, light but persistent snow white hear. Nice spicy, earthy aroma with hints of saffron, a touch of honey. Flavor has some soft buttery notes, a touch of honey sweetness, some saffron-like spiciness. Mouth feel has a nice crispness to it. Very solid pils.
Pair with: Fish Tacos. The Mane Land's managing editor-inspired choice (don't ask). This Pilsner will have just enough taste to take on the spicy fish, making it a perfect pairing.
Dave's recommendations: Good old chips and salsa. If you missed it in the first Pride Pub of the season, I'm once again including my personal salsa recipe for you to enjoy.
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.
We hope you enjoy this week's grub and grog selections. As always, we'd love your feedback in the comments below. Vamos Orlando!