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Well, that didn’t go the way we wanted last week. This time Orlando City heads north to take on Atlanta United for the second time in a week. The Lions weren’t able to put together much of an offense during the first bout, but things might be a bit different this time. You may have heard...Dom Dwyer is back! Here’s hoping the once and once-again Lion can pick up where he left off and score some goals.
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 Georgia: Recreation Ale Session IPA, Terrapin Beer Co.
John Cochran and Spike Buckowski were working together at a microbrewery when they realized they should strike out on their own. In 2002, they brought out their Rye Pale Ale. It would go on to win a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado. That was just the first of many great brews including their session IPA, Recreation Ale.
According to the brewery:
"This hopped up session ale is light bodied with a present hop bitterness and a crisp finish. Dry hopped with Galaxy hops, this beer presents a subtle peach and passionfruit aroma.”
Pair with: Grilled Shrimp with Garlic and Herbs. When the brewer makes a suggestion of what to pair with their beer it’s a good idea to listen to them. This is a slightly hopped brew and the grilled shrimp won’t overpower or give in to the beer.
Dave’s Recommendations: Cuban Red Beans and Rice. A rice side dish with a bit of a kick for flavor.
From Florida: Firestorm Black IPA, Big Storm Brewing Co.
In 2012, Mike Bishop founded Big Storm Brewing Co. Since then their brews have gone on to win awards, and make the craft beer industry in Florida a bit better. Though we’re going with two different IPAs this week, they are so very different, I think you’ll enjoy the variety.
According to the brewery:
"The intense flavor of this black IPA comes from a base of Equinox and Amarillo hops. While the citrus aroma of the Amarillo dances with the cedar flavor of the Equinox, a complex malt bill featuring wheat, Crystal and roasted malts provide the perfect backbone to complement the premium blend of West Coast hops. Keep and serve cold as hail.”
Pair with: Grilled Gorgonzola-Basil Burgers. Black IPAs go well with cheeses, but I couldn’t bring myself to tell you to have cheese and crackers. I think this delicious cheese-filled burger is a good alternative.
Dave’s Recommendations: Cheese Fries. Oh yeah. We’re going to keep the cheese thing going with some yummy cheese fries. Throw in some bacon and some ranch dressing on the side of this side.
Please let us know which grub and grog combo you picked in the comments below. Until next time, go City!