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Another road game, and that might be a good thing! Two out of three road games in September garnered four points out of a possible nine. That might not normally seem that great, but given the winless streak prior to that, I’m not one to complain. Hopefully, the Lions can continue getting points when they head out west to take on the Portland Timbers.
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 Oregon: Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Rogue Ales & Spirits
While Rogue is probably best known for Dead Guy Ale, they also make a ton of other great brews, including this tasty brown ale. While not quite as sweet as some brown ales, it still delivers a very nice flavor thanks to the hazelnuts, with a bit of smoke that is very subtle.
According to the brewery:
"A nutty twist to a traditional European Brown Ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, a rich nutty flavor and a smooth malty finish."
Pair with: Grilled Tri-Tip with Oregon Herb Rub. According to Rogue, this beer should be paired with beef, and I assume they’ll appreciate an Oregon herb rub. It’s a quick and easy roast that you’ll want to include in your personal recipe book for years to come.
Dave’s Recommendations: Twice Baked Potato. This is a different take on a side dish staple. It’ll provide a bit more flavor than your traditional baked potato, while still helping to fill your belly.
From Florida: Independent Pilsner, Coppertail Brewing Co.
Coppertail Brewing Co. is quite a place, and if you haven’t made it over there to check them out, you should. We’ve featured plenty of their beers, but never this fine pilsner. It’s still warm outside here in Florida, and a good pilsner is a great beer for the heat.
According to the brewery:
That was actually three dots more than they have on their website, so we’ll have to turn to the folks at www.ratebeer.com, who were able to get the commercial description that Coppertail didn’t put on their website.
“Coppertail’s Independent Pilsner (5.1 ABV) is a traditional German Pilsner brewed with top quality Pilsen-style malted barley, German Fantasia and TNT hops, and lots of flavor. It features subtle bready notes, a crisp hop character and a clean finish. Most importantly, Independent Pilsner contains absolutely no rice, corn, syrups or other adjuncts. 6-Packs of Independent Pilsner will hit store shelves in the Tampa Bay area next week. Coppertail crafts flavorful beer for the Florida lifestyle. The brewing team, led by Brewmaster Casey Hughes, believes in time-honored, old-world production techniques. They utilize a natural carbonation process, use whole leaf hops and do not filter – because amazing things come to those who wait.”
Pair with: Grilled Bratwurst. Bratwurst and pilsner is about as traditional as it gets. The reason is that it’s a delicious combination, and one that will allow you the opportunity to also have some lager in the house. Cook the brats in the lager, eat them with the pilsner.
Dave’s Recommendations: Shoestring Gremolata Fries. I’m Irish, so I had to look up what Gremolata is. Turns out it is is a simple Italian garnish made of garlic, minced parsley, and lemon zest. It makes for a great seasoning for some fries.
Thanks for stopping by Pride Pub, and please let us know in the comments which pairing you decided on for your watch party. Go City!