Cleveland has a new brewpub.
Nano Brew Cleveland opened last week in Ohio City, the neighborhood that houses Market Garden Brewery and Great Lakes Brewing. Nano, 1859 W. 25th St., is owned by the same folks who operate Market Garden.
As its name implies, Nano is a tiny brewery and features a custom-built, 20-gallon brewing system. That’s the perfect size for experimenting — and that’s exactly what brewer Andy Tveekrem plans to do.
So what’s he interested in experimenting with?
“Umm, that’s a good question,” he said, laughing.
Then he talked about making a beer with rhubarb and duplicating his old home-brew recipe for a honey barley wine that tickles the state’s limit of 12 percent alcohol. He also plans to play with different hops and malts.
The first Nano beer, though, will be anything but experimental as Tveekrem gets used to the brewing system. It’s a traditional pale ale appropriately called Pipe Cleaner, because it will be the inaugural beer made on the new system.
Tveekrem, who just started brewing at Nano, said he expects the beer — which will be available on draft and from firkins — to be ready in a couple of weeks. Nano has 24 taps with a focus on local breweries. Some Market Garden brews also are on tap. The small kitchen has a fairly simple menu that’s burger-centric.
For more details, go online to www.nanobrewcleveland.com.
Call him sir
Just call him Sir John Lane.
Lane, one of the owners of the Winking Lizard Tavern chain and the man who organizes the popular World Tour of Beers each year, will be honored Friday by the Belgian Brewers guild and the Mashstaff of the Knights.
He will be inducted into the Knights of Honor known as le Chevalerie du Fourquet des Brasseurs during a special ceremony.
Each year, the Belgian Brewers group honors people who have represented Belgian beer and their breweries in a positive way. The induction coincides with Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels.
“It’s a highlight of my career,” said Lane, whose all-time favorite beers are the Belgian classics Orval and Duvel. “This isn’t just for me. This is, in the grand scheme of things, for Northeast Ohio and Cleveland and all the people who have appreciated all the Belgian beers.”
Market Garden, 1947 W. 25th St., Cleveland, will kick off a major celebration of pumpkin beer on 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 Weyerbacher.
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.
Fishers Foods will hold a “Beer Tasting Festival” from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at its grocery store on Fulton Drive in Jackson Township. The tasting will feature about 20 beers and representatives from Great Lakes, Victory, Goose Island and Leinenkugel.
The cost is 25 cents per sample. Appetizers also will be available. Growlers — the empty glass jugs — will be on sale for $2.99.
Main Street Medina will hold its inaugural Medina Beer Fest from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15 at Williams on the Lake, 787 Lafayette Road.
The fundraiser will feature beer from Thirsty Dog, Lagerheads, Ohio Brewing, the Brew Kettle, Fat Head’s, Hoppin’ Frog, Buckeye and Maumee. Lagerheads, which has a brewpub north of Medina, also will serve pulled pork sandwiches.
Tickets are $40, or $35 for Main Street Medina members. The cost includes four-ounce samples, a commemorative tasting glass and food.
Keith Williams, chair of the fundraising committee, said the group often holds wine fundraisers, and decided to do a beer event after people asked for one.
For more details or tickets, call 330-952-0910 or go online to www.mainstreetmedina.com.
Sweet potato beer
Pumpkin beers are all the rage. But not at the Indigo Imp Brewery in Cleveland. Indigo Imp opted this year to make a seasonal ale with roasted sweet potato and spices.
“We don’t do anything by the book at our brewery anyway,” brewer and owner Matt Chappel said, laughing when asked about the beer called Autumn. (The brewery also uses open fermentation — an unusual process for a modern American brewery.)
Indigo Imp fans kept asking for a fall seasonal, Chappel said. But he didn’t want to make a pumpkin beer since everybody else does one. He settled on sweet potato, which provides a toasted flavor that complements the sweet taste of the nutmeg and cinnamon, Chappel said. The beer is made with Belgian yeast.
Autumn will be available on a limited basis in four-packs starting the first week of September at Heinen’s grocery stores. It will then be available at other retailers that carry Indigo Imp.
•?The Wooden Shoe Brewing Co. in Minster has closed.
•?The German specialty store Hansa Import Haus in Cleveland has announced plans to build a restaurant and brewery specializing in Slovenian beers.
•?Merry Family Winery in Bidwell in southern Ohio has announced plans to offer beer under the name Old Mill Craft beer. It will be the third winery-brewery in Ohio, joining Debonne Vineyards-Cellar Rats Brewery in Madison and Valley Vineyards-Cellar Dweller Brewery in Morrow.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his beer blog at www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog/.