Between winter storms and international breaks, our visits to the Pub haven’t been many this season. Fortunately, starting this week that changes, as Orlando City heads to the confines of the oddly-named Mapfre Stadium to take on Columbus Crew SC. The Lions will be looking for their third win of the season when they visit their Eastern Conference foe. Columbus is coming off a 3-2 win over Portland and seems to have some momentum. Let’s hope the Lions’ newfound confidence can win the day.
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 Ohio: Twisted Kilt Scottish Export Ale, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Since 1997, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company has provided excellent and cleverly named beers throughout Ohio. The brewery, founded by John Najeway, has grown over the years and has been available for those of us in Florida to enjoy since 2015. Twisted Kilt is a tasty Scottish Ale, and one of my favorites from Thirsty Dog.
According to the brewery:
"This Scottish Ale gets its unique flavor and aroma through a special time consuming, extra long and vigorous boil. The wonderful carmelized flavors produced, blend perfectly with the balanced flavors of roasted barley and complementing hops. Raise a glass of this very drinkable beer to ANY occasion!"
Pair with: Grilled Marinated Leg of Lamb. The rich flavor of a Scottish Ale practically demands you grill some meat. As such, I figured we’d switch things up with a bit of lamb rather than beef.
Dave’s Recommendations: Hasselback Potatoes. No harder than baking a potato, but with a buttery, crispy deliciousness that is excellent with the leg of lamb.
From Florida: Trapeze Monk Belgian Wit, Big Top Brewing Company
In 1927, John Ringling made Sarasota, FL, the winter home of the of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. It was with this history in mind that Brewmaster Josh Wilson named his brewing company. Big Top wants to bring that same sense of artistry and wonder to its beers, a sense of creativity and awe that the circus brings to any town.
According to the brewery:
“Come let our trapeze monks entertain your taste buds with our citrus infused, highly carbonated witbier. This Belgian has a pale and cloudy body that will soar you into the crisp finish you’ve been waiting for.”
Pair with: Citrus Seafood Salad. What could be more Florida than a citrus seafood salad? We are a seafood haven, and obviously a citrus state (Citrus Bowl, Orange Bowl, etc.). So why not combine those tastes and pair them with an outstanding brew?
Dave’s Recommendation: Herbed Cheese and Cracker Bits. It might seem a bit weird, but between the seafood salad and the cheese and crackers, you’ve got the perfect pairings for a witbier like Trapeze Monk. Give it a try, and I think you’ll enjoy it.
Time to head to the store, Mane Landers, and make it happen. Let us know which pairing you decided to go with in the comments below. Go City!