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Pride Pub: Orlando City vs. FC Dallas

Welcome back to Pride Pub, where we maximize your tailgating experience for Orlando City matches. This week, we’re getting you ready for the Fourth of July match against FC Dallas with your grub and grog selections. Whether you’re hosting a watch party or simply spending time with the family, you’ll do your country proud!

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Kingston is heading to Toyota Stadium to take on Tex Hooper this Fourth of July! Wow, they have complete biographies. Oh, and Orlando City is going along to play some soccer against FC Dallas, as we celebrate our Independence Day!


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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 Lions here in the beautiful Sunshine State.

From Texas - Shiner Ruby Redbird, Spoetzl Brewery

*No longer a seasonal

Spoetzl Brewery is the oldest independent brewer in Texas, and while many are familiar with their flagship Shiner Bock, they also brew plenty of other good beers, including Ruby Redbird.

According to the brewery:

"Once available only in summer months, this easy drinking lager is now ready for harvest year-round. Pucker up and savor the taste of tart Texas ruby red grapefruit with a kick of ginger. After all, it's summertime somewhere."

Well, it's a good thing they can brew beer as that wasn't a very detailed description. Let's see what they have to say over at www.beeradvocate.com.

"Color of peach-flavored Snapple tea. That is, clear, bronzy amber with yellow and pink hues. Tannish head fizzes up and then down very quickly. Completely gone in about 30 seconds. Nose is cranberry or raspberry, ginger, light on the grapefruit. Palate is not too sweet, in fact, incredibly dry for what it is. And what sweetness is there is well-balanced with ginger and a tartness which just barely favors grapefruit over tart berries. I don't even know if berries are an ingredient, it could be grapefruit that has lost some of its character. Light-bodied, spritzy to sudsy and velvety, quite crisp and refreshing."

- review by Libeertarian

Pair with: Texas-Style Chili. No tomatoes, no beans, no sir! We're doing this one they way they do it in the Lone Star State.

Dave's recommendations: Homemade Tortilla Chips! We're giving you plenty of time between now and Monday, so don't tell me you can't do it. But if you really can't do it, just buy some in a bag...slacker.

From Florida - Bumby Blonde Ale, Ocean Sun Brewing

You're going to need to grab your growlers to go and get some Bumby Blonde Ale. A certain editor here at The Mane Land gave this beer his seal of approval, so we have that going for us.

According to the brewery:

"Belgian blonde ale, gold in color, slightly sweet with a complex, spicy finish. 6.7% ABV. 20 IBU."

What is it with these breweries? Evidently, they don't like to put in a more lengthy description of their beers. Let's take a look at what a review on www.ratebeer.com has to share.

"Every brewpub has a blonde ale, but most are sessionable strength. This is a borderline "imperial" blonde (if such a thing exists). It's quite sweet with a bit of Macintosh apple flavor to it (and no, it's not acetaldehyde). Maggie picked up the fruity flavor as well and said this was probably the best beer of the flight."

-review by ChadPolenz(1629)

Best beer of the flight...that's a better testimonial.

Pair with: Spaghetti and Meatballs! Italian dishes go well with Blonde Ales so I thought we'd go with a classic.

Dave's recommendations: Cheesy Garlic Bread. Always a favorite in Pub, so no reason not to have it with the Spaghetti with Meatballs. Enjoy the cheesy goodness.

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