Belly up to the bar, Pub patrons. It’s time to get your grub and grog on for the match against the New England Revolution. Following a gritty defensive effort to open up the season in the new stadium, the boys in purple head north to Gillette Stadium, looking for win number two and another three points.
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 New England: Hopscape, Samuel Adams
For over 30 years, Samuel Adams has been a leader in the craft beer industry. Even if you don’t consider them small, there’s no denying they put out some pretty good beers. The Hopscape Wheat Ale with Cascade hops is no exception.
According to the brewery:
"Four types of West Coast hops add bold notes of pine and juicy grapefruit to this deep golden wheat ale, for a crisp flavor that’s a refreshing escape from winter’s lingering chill."
Pair with: Spicy Seafood Pasta with Tomato Butter Sauce. Seafood and pasta are usually good with wheat ales, and since this particular one is a bit hoppy, we added the spicy part to bring it all together.
Dave’s Recommendations: Summer Fruit Salad. It’s the perfect way to take the heat off of the day, and temper the spicy seafood.
From Florida: Stern Line Stout, 3 Daughters Brewing
How many beers do you have to sell to put three daughters through college? That was the question that Mike and Leigh Harting, along with Head Brewer Ty Weaver asked themselves when they decided to start the brewery. Turns out that was a good inspiration for naming the brand.
According to the brewery:
"Our Stern Line Stout boasts a dense and creamy texture, smooth body and a slightly dry finish. The oatmeal enhances the beer and makes it fuller than a traditional stout and less formidable than an Imperial Stout. Stern Line Stout offers up a more complex flavor than most ordinary oatmeal stouts. With a pleasing blend of darkroasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and lightly toasted oatmeal flakes, the flavors are unfathomably deep."
Pair with: Slow-Cooker Hot Beef Sandwiches. Stouts always go well with beef, so let’s make it easy with crock pot cooking. Onion buns are recommended (Publix to the rescue), but you can use whatever type of bun you’d like.
Dave’s Recommendations: Homestyle Potato Chips. If you’re feeling up to it, give making your own chips a try. If not, there’s plenty of options at the store, though I’d recommend kettle style.
It’s going to be a cold one up in Foxborough for the Lions, so the least you can do is keep your belly and heart warm with one of these combinations. In sports, everything matters, from your favorite shirt, pregame rituals, and what you eat and drink. Don’t just do it for yourself, do it for the team. Vamos Orlando!