Welcome back to the regular MLS season edition of the Pride Pub. I know it's exciting to have two Pub visits in one week, especially since the Lions take on the San Jose Earthquakes for the one and only time this season in Camping World Stadium, but try to stay on task so you can enjoy the match this Saturday night.
Here at the Pride Pub we provide the grub and grog recommendations that allow you to fully enjoy Orlando City matches. Here's how this works: we choose a craft beer from the area/state/city of our opponent and include a recipe to pair with that beer. We also chose a Florida craft beer to represent our Lions and the beautiful Sunshine State. Oh, and we're on a short turnaround again. So let's get to it!
From California - Torpedo Extra IPA, Sierra Nevada
Sierra Nevada has been around since 1979. That's a long time for a craft brewer in this country. Ken Grossman started home brewing in the early 1970s since there was a distinct lack of small batch brew. He developed an affinity for hops, and that led to everything they've done since.
According to the brewery:
"Sierra Nevada and hops go hand in hand. What began as a crazy idea scribbled in a pub eventually became our newest year-round hop bomb, Torpedo Extra IPA. The first beer to feature our "Hop Torpedo" -- a revolutionary dry-hopping device that controls how much hop aroma is imparted into beer without adding additional bitterness. Torpedo Extra IPA is an aggressive yet balanced beer with massive hop aromas of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit."
Pair with: Easy Chicken Curry. As we know from previous visits to the pub, IPAs are strong, and require strong foods to counteract that strength. The spiciness of the curry will certainly do that. It should be a delicious pairing.
Dave's recommendations: Spiced Beans and Rice. Rice is a traditional chicken curry side, but we don't want to go too plain, hence the spiced and red beans part.
From Florida - Hornswoggled Red Ale, Cigar City Brewing
In 2009, Joey Redner and Wayne Wambles started Cigar City Brewing. They quickly established themselves as an excellent Florida Brewery, and in early 2016, they made the good decision to sell controlling stake to Fireman Capital Partners. An equity firm that owns several small breweries, and most importantly, lets them maintain operational control, but with larger distribution. Oh, and the other suitor for the brewery was big bad InBev (the guys that own Bud). I think we can all agree that Cigar City made the right choice.
According to the brewery:
"A variation of English Pale Ale, Irish Red Ale comes with a notable dash of roasted barley, giving the beer a dry, roasted finish and its reddish hue, although "Red Ale" can range into the amber and copper shades. This malt showcase has a very low hop influence in aroma, flavor and bitterness, which leaves the malty-sweet caramel and toffee notes to shine, often along with some toasty character. Roasted grains in Irish Red Ale can contribute to a perceived low-to-moderate level of bitterness, which colder serving temperatures can accentuate. Medium-bodied, it has a smooth mouth-feel. Interestingly, a few beers on the market labeled "Irish Red" are brewed as lager, not ale."
Pair with: Easy Roast Beef. Red ales go well with meats that aren't too spicy. So even though it's not Christmas, we're breaking out the roast beef. Enjoy!
Dave's recommendations: Rosemary Roasted Potatoes! Because yeah! Also the rosemary roasted potatoes will complement both the beer and the beef.
Let's hope that Orlando's tendency to do well against Western Conference opponents holds true as we dive back into the MLS season. Thanks for coming by the Pub, and please leave us your comments below. Vamos Orlando!