Welcome back to the Pride Pub! This Sunday, Orlando City takes on New York City FC at the Campground. It’s that time of the year when every game counts, and every point matters. All we can do today is give you the best beer and food pairings we can to get you ready to enjoy the game.
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.
From Brooklyn, NY - Sweet Action Cream Ale, Sixpoint Brewery
We’ve featured Sixpoint Brewery before, so I won’t go over their history again. Suffice it to say they are making some of the best beers anywhere right now, and that includes Sweet Action.
According to the brewery:
"...Through all the madness emerged an undefinable beer called Sweet Action; a beer that your brain cannot categorize but instead speaks directly to your palate. Our senses and intuition sometimes trump rational thought. It’s Mad Science."
Say what you like, but those guys have a way with words. However, they have not composed a greatly detailed description of the beer. So let’s turn to our friends at www.beeradvocate.com for another take on Sweet Action.
"Poured from 12 oz can. Color is light copper with viscous clarity giving it an amber appearance. Half-inch white head with large carbonation bubbles. Smell is strong in pine and hoppy. Floral nose of hops followed by toasty malts. A pleasant balance of flavors between IBU and yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth followed by a dry finish. A nice creamy, mellow ale."
Pair with: Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry. Sweet Action is essentially a cream ale, and so would go well with sweeter or spicier flavors. Of course, we’re not doing any half-measures so we’ve combined it all with this recipe.
Dave's recommendation: We are going to recommend you put that stir fry on a bed of jasmine rice. Everything together should be a delicious and filling meal for your tasty beer.
From Florida - Circus City IPA, Big Top Brewing Company
This week, Big Top Brewing Company makes their Pride Pub debut. When Brewmaster Josh Wilson started Big Top Brewing Company there were no craft breweries in Sarasota. Taking inspiration from the city’s connection with the Ringling Circus, they named their brewery accordingly.
According to the brewery:
"Come under the Big Top and taste our India Pale Ale. This beer sets the bar with its eye catching unfiltered hazy hue and amazing head that lasts. It’s euphoric aroma, great taste and smooth yet bold hoppy finish will absolutely stun not only your palate but your mind. Be prepared to be amazed!!"
Pair with: Pork Fajitas! The little bit of spice will stand up to the hops and the cilantro and peppers will blend it with the bit of malt present.
Dave's recommendations: Homemade Guacamole! I’m told that people really like this "guac" stuff, and we’re not above getting on that bandwagon. Have at it, Mane Landers!
Thank you for stopping by the Pride Pub. As always, please comment below and let us know what you think. Vamos Orlando!