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Hopefully, you made it through Hurricane Irma without too much trouble (this was written ahead of the storm’s arrival). Fortunately, we always have soccer to take our minds off natural disasters. Or is it natural disasters that take our minds off Orlando City’s season? Oh well, what really matters is that we have your grub and grog selections for this Saturday’s match against Atlanta United. How nice would it be to play spoiler to those billboard-buying bozos?
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 Atlanta: Goin’ Coastal Pineapple IPA, Sweetwater Brewing Company
We might not like Atlanta United very much, but there’s nothing wrong with the Sweetwater Brewing Company, which is also based in Atlanta. They are one of the Southeast’s biggest craft breweries for a reason, and this pineapple-infused IPA is no exception.
According to the brewery:
"Cash in a sick day and grab another! Slip into some sunshine and step off the grid by Goin’ Coastal with this pineapple laced IPA. The bright aromas of the five citrus hop additions are accentuated by the tropical fruit of the pineapple. And just like those three day weekends, its finish is quick. Golden copper in color with a full malt bill to bring the balance to our year round offering."
Pair with: Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs. IPAs go really well with spicy foods, and the pineapple in both the beer and the kabobs will bring a delightful symmetry to this pairing.
Dave’s Recommendations: Corn on the Cob with Lemon Chive Butter. It’s still mostly summer for us, so enjoy some corn on the cob before it’s out of season.
From Florida: Tourist Trappe Tripel, M.I.A. Beer Co.
If you haven’t explored the world of a Tripel, this is your chance. Tripels are strong pale ales, originally brewed in Belgium, often by Trappist monks, who gave it the name. M.I.A. obviously is paying homage to that tradition with Tourist Trappe.
According to the brewery:
"This tripel is brewed with blond malts and a touch of candy sugar. It’s fermented with Belgian Abbey yeast strain that imparts fruity and spicy yet soft, well rounded esters. This low hopped brew is easy on the palate, but deceptively strong.”
Pair with: Tripel Marinated Stuffed Pork Loin. It’s the stuffing that makes the difference in this recipe. The plum sauce in the sausage stuffing will make this pairing one to remember.
Dave’s Recommendations: Lime Cilantro Rice. Rice is such a great side dish, I had to do it again. The lime and the cilantro will give it a bit more taste.
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!