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So if you’re a regular to the Pride Pub, you know how much I love the games against the Canadians. It means I get the chance to do this:
Orlando City is hoping to get back on the winning side as the club heads into Stade Saputo to take on the Montreal Impact. Now that Dom and Kaká are done with the All-Star Game festivities, hopefully the team can get all three points in Canada.
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 Oh, Canada: Fat Tug IPA, Driftwood Brewery
In 2008, Jason Meyer and Kevin Hearsum started Driftwood Brewery. Two months later they sold their first keg to a local pub, and since then they’ve grown big enough for us to be able to get it at Total Wine in Orlando. Talk about coming a long way.
According to the brewery, eh?:
"Brewed with the hop aficionado in mind, Fat Tug is a Northwest-style India Pale Ale with an intense hop profile featuring notes of grapefruit, mango, melon and passionfruit. Sufficient malt is there to provide support. At 7% alc/vol and 80+ IBUs this beer delivers on the promise to satisfy anyone with a thirst for all things hoppy!”
Pair with: Canadian Donair ya hosehead. This one is going to take some prep time so start Friday night. A donair is akin to a gyro but with a sweeter sauce. Still, any good meat sandwich will pair nicely with an IPA.
Dave’s Recommendations: Poutine! This is quite a stretch for us Americans. Poutine is french fries, gravy, and cheese curds. If you can’t take that much Canadian, feel free to just have the fries.
From Florida: Bell Cow Milk Chocolate Porter, JDub’s Brewing Co.
In 2011, Jeremy “JDub” Joerger took some advice from his father-in-law and opened a brewery. That was after a decade of traveling and developing his love of beer. It was when Tommy Harris arrived in 2013, that things really took off. The two have collaborated ever since, including on this delicious Porter.
According to the brewery:
"A Milk Chocolate Porter featuring rich notes of Chocolate and a medium-bodied mouth feel. The sweetness from the lactose blends well with the dark malts. The combination of flaked oats and the dark malts results in a tan-colored head. Enjoy our Bell Cow. Moo.”
Pair with: Chocolate Chip Chili. Don’t worry, it’s not that chocolately. But it does have a hint that you can’t quite place. The Bell Cow will help the taste come out. Additionally, porters go well with meat and chili, so it should be quite the pairing.
Dave’s Recommendations: Chocolate Chocolate Brownies. Dessert this go around, and what better than triple the chocolate between the brownies and the beer? Enjoy!
Let us know which pairing you decided on for your watch party the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and go City!