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Pride Pub: Orlando City vs. Columbus Crew

Bringing you your grub and grog selections for the match against the Columbus Crew this Saturday!

MLS: Orlando City SC at Columbus Crew SC Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

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Welcome back to Pride Pub. Orlando City finally returns home for a match against Eastern Conference foe Columbus Crew. Time is running short for the Lions this season, and every match counts. Let’s do what we can by enjoying some excellent craft beer with some delicious food.

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: Old Leghumper Robust Porter, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.

With some of the best names and labels in the craft beer industry, Thirsty Dog has been brewing fantastic beers since 1997. Like many breweries, they started as a brewpub, and then expanded from there. This particular porter is one of my favorites.

According to the brewery:

"This robust porter is dark brown in color and full-bodied with a malty sweet taste. Deep roasted, yet silky smooth! Two types of roasted malts, including roasted chocolate malt give this beer its award winning flavor. World Beer Cup GOLD Medalist 2002 and Bronze Medalist 2000.”

Pair with: Cincinnati Style Chili. OK, I know it’s not Columbus style, but I think we can call it close enough. With spicy chili served on spaghetti noodles, I think it’s fair to say we haven’t done this recipe before. The chili part will hold up to the Porter, and a little pasta can’t hurt.

Dave’s Recommendations: German Brotchen Rolls. If you’re feeling ambitious and want to do some baking, here’s your opportunity. The Ohio area is pretty Germanic in nature, and I thought that these rolls would fit right in.

From Florida: McCarthy’s Irish Red Ale, Tomoka Brewing Co.

Rich McCarthy saw the craft beer scene develop in Colorado and when he moved to Central Florida he found inspiration with Pete and Jen. Ever since, they’ve been doing the brewpub/brewery thing. Combining great beer and culinary treats to match. This time we go with the beer named after the man himself. McCarthy’s Irish Red Ale.

According to the brewery:

"A Traditional Irish Red Ale, Malt-Forward and easy-drinking."

Well that was helpful. Let’s see what our friends at have to say.

“Taps clear sepia with a serviceable beige head. Aroma presents roasted malt and a little caramel. Flavor delivers toasted malt, woody hops and not-so-subtle sweet caramel. Mouthfeel offers good body and nice fizz. Get your Irish on.”

Pair with: Dirty Rice with Smoked Sausage. Irish reds pair very well with smoked meats, and this sausage and rice combo is just the trick for your culinary enjoyment.

Dave’s Recommendations: French Bread. I certainly won’t make anyone bake bread, I’m certain you can pick it up at the store, unless you’re feeling jaunty.

That’s going to do it for this edition of Pride Pub. Please let us know which pairing you decided on for your tailgate or watch party and comment below. Thanks for your patronage and go City!