Here at the Pride Pub, we provide craft beer selections and delicious food 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 York Red Bulls in newly named Camping World Stadium. Seriously, this scheduling has me repeating myself two weeks in a row! Can we play someone else? Since it's a Friday game, we wanted to give you the time to get the ingredients and beer together, so let's get to it!
From New York - Blue Point White IPA, Blue Point Brewing Co.
In the continuing saga that is Blue Point Brewing Co., Mark Burford and Pete Cotter (the guys who started it all), had just tapped the first keg in the parking lot. Fortunately, they didn't stop there and nearly 20 years later they are still brewing delicious beers for us to enjoy rather than energy drinks.
According to the brewery:
"Remaining at the forefront of experimentation, the brewers at Blue Point have produced a white beer/IPA hybrid that was one of the first in the White IPA trend. Our White IPA is an unfiltered European-style white ale with a fresh American IPA finish. Brewed with malted and unmalted wheat and just the right amount of west coast hops, it's fermented with German yeast to give it a perfectly balanced character with just the right amount of bitterness."
Pair with: Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas. We're matching strong IPA flavors with strong salty, spicy, cheesy flavors. The two of them won't let either overpower the other.
Dave's recommendations: This week, I propose something a little different than regular Mexican rice ... Green Rice! Still spicy, but new for many of us.
From Florida - 72 Pale Ale, First Magnitude Brewing Co.
Usually, I'll give you a hint of what the company is about, but this time I wanted to let the brewery speak for itself.
"The name First Magnitude represents the heart of what makes this part of Florida naturally great. Thanks to its unique geologic characteristics, North Central Florida has the highest density of freshwater springs in the world. First magnitude springs are the most powerful - over 100 cubic feet of water per second boils up from their limestone opening to form cool, clear pools that feed our rivers and lakes. Look up in the sky - the brightest star you can see with your naked eye is called a first magnitude star. Our mermaid logo brings together the stellar and the aquatic."
According to the brewery:
"Named for the constant temperature of cool, clear first magnitude springs, 72 Pale Ale is a beer for the hop lover, featuring a prominent citrus and floral hop aroma paired with a bready malt note in the background. It has an enticing, light copper color and is balanced, but leans decidedly towards the hops in the flavor and aroma. This beer is medium-bodied with a semi-dry finish that leaves a pleasant herbal/spicy aftertaste. 72 is dry hopped with a trio of Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook."
Pair with: Homemade Pizza. Since we're giving you a bit more time, I thought we'd give a bit of a challenge. Though to be fair, if you need to cheat a little, buy a pre-made pizza crust.
Dave's recommendations: Pretty simple. Your choice on the toppings!
We hope you enjoy this week's grub and grog. As always, we'd love your feedback in the comments below. Vamos Orlando!