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Pride Pub: Orlando City vs Houston Dynamo

Welcome back to Pride Pub, where we maximize your tailgating experience for Orlando City matches. This week, we’re providing your grub and grog selections for this Friday's match against the Houston Dynamo. Whether you’re heading to the Campground, hosting a watch party or simply spending time with the family, you’ll be prepared!

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I don't know about you, but after Monday night's game, I need a beer. Fortunately, Pride Pub is here to help. We're on a very short time frame so you'd best head to the store tonight.

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 - Fancy Lawnmower, Saint Arnold

Saint Arnold Brewery is a Houston based brewery, founded in 1994 by Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol. It's only available in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. Dadgumit, we're lucky!

According to the brewery:

"A true German-style Kolsch. Originally brewed in Cologne, this beer is crisp and refreshing, yet has a sweet malty body that is balanced by a complex, citrus hop character. Multiple additions of German Hallertauer hops are used to achieve this delicate flavor. We use a special Kolsch yeast, an ale yeast that ferments at lager temperatures, to yield the slightly fruity, clean flavor of this beer. Fancy Lawnmower Beer is a world class brew yet light enough to be enjoyed by Texans after strenuous activities, like mowing the lawn."

Pair with: Chiles Rellenos. Slightly spicy, cheesy, and battered. Pretty much a perfect food to have with a beer, especially a Kolsch.

Dave's recommendations: Mexican Street Corn (Grilled). The grilled flavors of the corn will go well with both the Chiles Rellenos and the Kolsch.

From Florida - Night Swim Porter, Coppertail Brewing Co.

Kent Bailey and Casey Hughes founded Coppertail Brewing Co. in 2014 down in the Ybor City part of Tampa. With good beers, and awesome looking labels, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised if you haven't tasted their brews before.

According to the brewery:

"Dark and luxurious like a midnight dip in the warm gulf waters off St. Pete Beach. Rich and Roasty with a hint of chocolate. Both this porter, and a night swim, are best enjoyed with a friend."

Well as picturesque as that description is, I think we need a bit more, so let's turn to our friends at Beer Advocate.

"For some people it might be too smokey or too burnt tasting. But for me, the smokiness and burnt taste just work even though they are primary elements. Not all smokey flavors or burnt flavors are the same, and I love those flavors in this brew. I don't find them overpowering, because they are balanced nicely by the bold chocolate and coffee richness. It's medium to full bodied, which makes the flavor profile feel even more distinctive. To me, this is a real winner, even though I can imagine some thinking it's over the top."

- by Stevethelil

Pair with: Steak Kabobs! Porters go well with grilled meats, so sirloin it is. The grilled veggies add to the flavor, plus it's all on a stick!

Dave's recommendations: Lemon Pepper Orzo. This is an easy-to-make, yet delicious side dish that pairs well with the kabobs, and isn't the standard rice pilaf (not that there's anything wrong with rice pilaf).

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