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Pride Pub: Orlando City vs Toronto FC

Welcome to the Pride Pub, where we maximize your tailgating experience for Orlando City matches. This week, our foes from the Great White North visit Camping World Stadium. The Lions take on Toronto FC, and whether you're going to the game or hosting at a watch party at home you'll be ready, eh?

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Just a reminder on how this works: we choose a craft beer from the country/state/city of our opponent and we include an appropriate recipe to go along with it. Of course, we also choose a Florida craft beer to complement our other recipe, and to represent our Orlando City Lions here in the beautiful Sunshine State.

Those hosers from Toronto travel to Camping World Stadium, where it's a bit warmer, sunnier, and all around just better. Hopefully, Orlando City can be better on the field as well, since three points would let us jump Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference standings.

From Canada - Trois Pistoles, Unibroue Brewery

Unibroue is very old school in their methods. Their brewing method is that of the old Trappist monks of Belgium. As such, they stand very much apart in their brews. Most are higher in alcohol content with bolder flavors. They are palate challenging, which is a good thing for all of us to occasionally pursue.

According to the brewery:

Nose: Strong malt flavor, roasted aromas with chocolate, brown rum, and spice.

Flavor: Slightly sweet. Enhanced by accents of roasted malt, cocoa, ripe fruit and dark spices with a smooth finish like an old port.

Pair with: Straight from the Unibroue web page, we're going to assume they know what they're talking about and recommend the Pan Fried Trout with Trois Pistoles Mushroom Sauce. They only problem is giving up some of the Trois Pistoles to the recipe.

Dave's recommendations: Caesar Salad. I can't say for certain (historical records are spotty or too much to try to dig through), but I don't think we've done a Caesar salad. I'm sure I'll hear about it if we have. Regardless, it's a good side dish for the trout and the beer.

From Florida - Nut Sack Double Brown Ale, Engine 15 Brewing Co.

According to the brewery:

"This is not your run of the mill brown ale! Mounds of English malts and modest hops deliver a mouthful of caramel and nutty goodness that is sure to leave you wishing there were more than just two nuts in a sack! The large malt bill and English Ale yeast also lend to the full mouthfeel as well as that satisfying flavor that lingers a while and sends you back to the glass for more Nut Sack! At 7% ABV please enjoy responsibly, the Nut Sack is not a toy."

Dadgumit, they took all the nut sack jokes.

Pair with: Chinese Black Pepper Steak with Peppers and Onions. The black pepper and the malts of the beer will go well together.

Dave's recommendations: Well gosh, it seems that the side dish is included in the above recipe. So instead, we're going to recommend you have some Fudge Brownies for dessert. They'll also go well with the beer, but more importantly...fudge brownies!

Thank you for stopping by the Pride Pub. As always, please comment below and let us know what you think. Vamos Orlando, eh!