The Market Garden Brewery is open for business. The brewpub in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood features an outdoor beer garden with a tremendous view of the historic West Side Market. The interior has an eclectic decor. There are chandeliers hanging in the front bar area, exposed heating and ventilation ducts on the black ceiling, dark wooden floors, large fireplaces and huge pieces of wooden art on a couple walls. The brewhouse is almost hidden in the back.
A couple of friends and I stopped by Monday on the official opening night to sample the beer. There were 10 on tap, including all the usual suspects like a wheat, amber lager, pale ale and stout.
This website is dedicated to brewery news -- as opposed to reviews. But the beer is solid, with my personal favorite being the Forest City Brown Ale. "A lot of people say that, so I'd say they're right," brewer Andy Tveekrem said with a chuckle. The Old-School American Lager also is excellent and has a surprisingly strong hop finish.
The beers range in price from $4.50 to $6 a pint. You also can have your beer served in a 32-ounce mason jar for $3 extra (excluding the wheat, IPA and scotch ale). Nothing is over the top in terms of alcohol. The biggest beer is the Cluster Fuggle IPA at 7 percent. The brewpub, which also sells growlers, offers a discriminating selection of guest beers, including several Ohio-made beers from Great Lakes, Buckeye, Fat Head's, Lagerheads, Thirty Dog, The Brew Kettle and Rockmill.
The menu features items such as appetizers, burgers, soups, salads, tacos and fried chicken. Click on the link to see hours and other details. Below are some photos: