Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland will kick off a major celebration of pumpkin beer on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The brewpub is turning over its 12 guest taps to pumpkin beers and will serve its own Franklin Castle Pumpkin Spiced Ale from a real pumpkin that's fashioned into a firkin. It also will offer several pumpkin-themed menu items.
The brewpub hopes to offer pumpkin beers from such breweries as Great Lakes, Thirsty Dog, Hoppin' Frog, Fat Head's, Southern Tier, Sixpoint and Weyenbacher.
The event, which begins at 4 p.m., is free. You just pay for the beer you drink. The pumpkin beers will be available as long as the beers last.
"We always try to stay ahead of the curve," brewpub front house manager and beverage director Jeff Draeger said. "We're super excited. Pumpkin beers are more popular than Christmas ales."
The pumpkin beer event is the brainchild of pumpkin beer fan Jerry Welch, who has been shopping the idea around for a couple of years. (Welch now works as a brewery representative of Sixpoint in Ohio.)