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Pride Pub: Orlando City at Toronto FC

Welcome back to Pride Pub, where we maximize your tailgating experience for Orlando City matches. We’re getting you ready for this Wednesday's match against Toronto FC with your grub and grog selections. Whether you’re hosting a watch party, or you're going to fly by night to Canada, you'll be a rock star!

Welcome back to the Pride Pub! Wednesday, Orlando City heads to BMO Field to take on Eastern Conference foe Toronto FC in the second of three matches in nine days. Hopefully, the Lions can turn things around in the Great White North. We’re on a very short turnaround, so hop in your Red Barchetta, and RUSH to the store!

You were expecting Bob and Doug, weren’t you?

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 Canada, eh? - Ephemere Apple, Unibroue Brewery

Since 1990, Unibroue has been brewing some of the best beers north of the border. They generally brew Belgian-style beers, and this white wheat is no different. Well, no different other than the bold apple taste.

According to the brewery:

"Mouth-watering bouquet of Granny Smith apples, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon. Delicate balance of fruit and spice, hint of sweetness, hint of tartness, redolent of Granny Smith Apples."

That’s actually not a bad description, but let’s see what our friends at www.ratebeer.com have to say.

I am not normally a fan of fruit beers but this was pretty darn good. First off, the aroma was of green apples, so much so it reminded of apple jolly ranchers. Although it was nice it borders on artificial. The body was a deep, murky hazy yellow, with a light brown tinge, a mid sized head with plenty of carbonation. The flavors of wheat and hints of spice and coriander, the apples show up in the aftertaste. Mouth feel was a little light but it was well balanced.

by Beer Renter 76

Pair with: Pork Loin with Apples. Though this one is pretty obvious, pork is a good pairing with this white wheat beer.

Dave's recommendation: Obviously, you should use Granny Smith apples for the recipe. Not much else to say, as the pork, the veggies, and the apples cover it all.

From Florida - Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale, Bold City Brewery

Founded by Brian and Susan Miller in 2011, the entire Miller clan has a hand in their operations. That family vibe is no more apparent than in the beer named for one of the family, that they all miss.

According to the brewery:

"A mild brown ale named after Duke, the owner’s late, beloved boxer. This local favorite has hints of chocolate and caramel with a smooth nutty finish. A well-balanced, flavorful brown ale that’s perfect for any time of year."

Pair with: BBQ Bacon Burger. A simple but delicious burger for your hump day consumption. After all, we only have so much time.

Dave's recommendations: Beer Battered French Fries. Frankly, I’m a bit surprised we haven’t done these before, as it’s the obvious choice for a side dish when writing about beer pairings.

Thank you for stopping by the Pride Pub. As always, please comment below and let us know what you think. Exit the warrior, today's Tom Sawyer...