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So, at this point in the season you’re really seeing the value of the Pride Pub. How much nicer is it to concentrate on delicious food and some fine brews than wins and losses? It does make it easier when watching our Orlando City Lions. This week they travel north to take on the New England Revolution in a “must win” match while missing several starters, including Cyle Larin, and Yoshimar Yotún. Enjoy the beer.
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: Baked Goods Pale Ale, Clown Shoes Beer
What do you do when you submit a name for a Beer Advocate contest and you lose? If you’re Gregg Berman, you make your own beer with the name you submitted. Thus was born Clown Shoes Beer. What’s nice is that we now get the benefit of having their beers in Florida.
According to the brewery:
"Baked Goods is a sessionable hoppy pale ale dry hopped with Mosaic, Azacca, Idaho 7 and Centennial hops, which add tropical fruit flavors and aroma."
Pair with: Oven-Baked Barbecue Pork Blue Corn Tacos. The beer is called Baked Goods, so we’re going with baked pork tacos. If you can’t get the blue corn type, just get whatever works for you.
Dave’s Recommendations: Cilantro Rice. The smooth taste of this cilantro rice will balance out the BBQ of the tacos.
From Florida: Hawaiian Lion Porter, Big Top Brewing
Orlando City has been a bit of a circus on the pitch as of late, so what better brewery than Big Top to represent the Lions this week? Add to it that they’ve got “Lion” in the name of the beer, and we’ll just call it kismet. Let’s check out this porter.
According to the brewery:
"Our Hawaiian Lion combines bold flavors from the finest ingredients in a majestic way. It starts with a proprietary blend of local Java Dog Coffee, roasted the moment before going into the brew to maintain the fresh flavor released from the beans. This custom coffee blend is then paired with over 150 pounds of fresh coconut to create a roaring aroma with a rich and smooth flavor. Like a flying pig, let every sip defy what you thought possible...in beer.”
Pair with: Coconut Braised Beef. Porters are good with beef, and coconut is good with coconut, so let’s just combine all of it for a heck of a nice dinner.
Dave’s Recommendations: Rice. Sometimes the simple things are the best.
That will do it for this edition of Pride Pub. Let us know in the comments which pairing you decided on for your watch party. Thanks again for your patronage and Go City!