After an unexpected week off thanks to Winter Storm Reggie, Orlando City hosts the Philadelphia Union in the purple confines of the new stadium. The good news is that the Lions are still undefeated, and hopefully they can improve upon that form from two weeks ago.
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 Philadelphia (or pretty close): 60 Minute IPA, Dogfish Head Brewery
Founded in 1995 by Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head has been making some of the best beers on the market for over 20 years. Between 2003 and 2006, the brewery grew nearly 400% and has been featured in Beer Wars and Discovery Channel’s Brewmasters.
According to the brewery:
"60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped -- more than 60 hop additions over a 60-minute boil. (Getting a vibe of where the name came from?)
60 Minute is brewed with a slew of great Northwest hops. A powerful but balanced East Coast IPA with a lot of citrusy hop character, it's the session beer for hardcore enthusiasts!"
Pair with: Braised Pork Tacos. Spicy foods and IPAs are a match made in heaven. These braised pork tacos are just the thing to bring out the excellent taste of the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA.
Dave’s Recommendations: Mexican rice and beans. A little bit of rice and beans to help fill the belly and please the palate.
From Florida: Mega Mix Pale Ale, M.I.A. Beer Company
M.I.A. opened their brewery in 2014 in Doral, FL. Owners Eddie Leon, Kevin Smith, and Johann Beckford unfortunately lost co-founder Piero Rodriguez last June in an early morning car crash. Fortunately, the M.I.A. Beer Company is honoring his memory and moving forward, producing over 100 barrels per week. The Mega Mix Pale Ale is one of the six beers M.I.A. brews.
According to the brewery:
"A West-Coast style light bodied pale ale with a Megamix of Mosaic, Galaxy and Citra late addition and dry hops. Hugely aromatic and mildly bitter."
Pair with: Burgers with Barbecue Sauce, Pepper Jack, and Jalapeños. Pale ales are the perfect companion for any burger, but this burger isn’t just any old slab of beef, it has quite a kick.
Dave’s Recommendations: Homemade French Fries. If you haven’t ever made your own french fries, I encourage you to give it a try. It’s both tasty and oddly satisfying in a “hey, look what I did” way.
There you have it, Mane Landers. Two great choices to enjoy while you watch the Lions take on Philly this Saturday. Go City!