Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer

Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland have teamed up to produce three new beers for a special event May 10 in the Ohio City neighborhood.

Market Garden developed an extra special bitter called 2 and Great Lakes brewed an altbier called 5.

Both brewers can be found along West 25th Street. Can you see what’s coming next?

They then combined elements of both recipes for a third beer called 25th Street Pale Ale, which they brewed at the Great Lakes brewpub’s seven-barrel system.

On May 10, each brewery will serve its own beer on draft, and both will serve 25th Street Pale Ale, which also will be distributed to participating Ohio City bars and restaurants.

“The idea is to get people to hop from Great Lakes to Market Garden, and to other bars in the neighborhood so they can try the whole series in different settings,” Great Lakes spokeswoman Mary LaVenia said in a prepared statement.

The three beers will be available only on draft in Ohio City while supplies last.

This is the first time that Great Lakes and Market Garden — which are nearly across the street from each other — have teamed up.

There’s another strong connection besides the neighborhood: Market Garden brewmaster Andy Tveekrem is a former Great Lakes brewer.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Market Garden,” LaVenia said. “We’re both invested in Ohio City’s success, and as we enter our 25th year, we’re working to strengthen our relationships with our neighbors.”

Lager Heads IPA

Lager Heads Brewing Co. in Medina Township has been making beer since 2010, but there’s been one brew missing from its portfolio all this time: an India pale ale. That’s now changed.

Lager Heads has released its first IPA, called High Five IPA, on draft at the brewpub, 2832 Abbeyville Road. The beer will be distributed on draft to Lager Heads accounts and in bottles, as well.

“We always had an American pale ale, which kind of pacified those IPA lovers, but we’ve been getting so much demand that we decided, why wait any longer,” brewer Tom Robbins said.

New Budweiser can

Budweiser will release a bowtie-shaped aluminum can this month that mirrors its bowtie logo.

The can will be sold nationwide as part of a special eight-pack beginning Monday.

“The world’s most iconic beer brand deserves the world’s most unique and innovative can,” Pat McGauley, vice president of innovation for Anheuser-Busch, said in a prepared statement. “I think we have it here.”

Plenty of media outlets have pointed out that the can contains 11.3 ounces of beer, as opposed to the regular 12 ounces. That means Budweiser fans will be paying more for less beer.

Beer samplers

•?The Plain Dealer reported last week that Hansa Import Haus in Cleveland has broken ground on a new brewery in the Ohio City neighborhood. Hansa has a deal to make recipes from Slovenian brewer Lasko, the newspaper said.

•?A Mason, Ohio, man is one of the winners of the annual Samuel Adams Longshot Homebrew Contest. Dave Anderson’s beer, called Strawberry Lager, is now available as part of a special Longshot six-pack.

•?Love real ale? The Mini Real Ale Fest returns to Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub in Columbus from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The annual event, now in its 10th year, attracts about 500 people and costs $35.

•?The Portside Distillery, 983 Front Ave., Cleveland, has opened its tasting room and is now selling beer by the glass and growler.

•?The Fat Head’s Brewery in Middleburg Heights hopes to open its new tasting room to the public in late May or June.

D’Agnese’s event

D’Agnese’s at White Pond, 566 White Pond Drive, Akron, will hold a four-course “Beer vs. Wine” dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 8.

The featured brewery will be Smuttynose, while the winery will be Joel Gott.

The cost is $35, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 234-678-3612. You must indicate whether you’d like the beer or wine pairing.

For more details about the menu and beers, go to: http://dagneseswhitepond.com/.

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his beer blog at www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog/. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrick.