Jon Hill is the brewpub brewer at Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland. Market Garden operates both a brewpub and production brewery in the city's Ohio City neighborhood.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: I became a brewer because I love beer and I love the process. I started homebrewing while studying engineering in college. Finding a hobby that benefited from the problem-solving mindset, allowed for creativity and resulted in beer was a dream come true.

After graduating, I signed up for the American Brewers Guild Craft Brewers Apprenticeship program, which culminates in an internship. My future wife's boss is friends with [brewery co-founder] Sam McNulty and helped me get an internship at Market Garden right at the opening. The opportunity to work for a startup with an industry giant like Andy [Tveekrem] has been great experience.

Q: What has been the highlight of your brewing career so far and why was it so special? (Maybe it's been a beer that you brewed, an award that you won, an idol you've met ...)

A: Last winter, we released a series of Belgian beers to celebrate Bier Markt, our company's first establishment and a Belgian-themed beer bar. Wanting to do the project and Belgian beer culture justice, I immersed myself, reading Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium, raiding Bier Markt's bottle list, sourcing authentic ingredients, and developing some new processes. Magnum Bonum Golden strong and Uncle Dynamite Dubbel were the result. I think both beers are fitting tributes to their iconic styles.

Q: What advice can you give future brewers to be successful?

A: Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be craft brewers. Really, a passion for the craft and the willingness to keep learning and work hard are all that you need.

Q: What’s your best-selling beer and why do you think it’s so popular?

A: Right now, El Jugoso Double IPA and Pumpkin Giant Imperial Pumpkin are the big sellers at the pub, and I think for similar reasons. They're both big, bold beers that hit all the expected notes while maintaining balance and not going over the top. Balanced does not have to be bland!

Q: Which beer – any beer in the world – do you wish that you created/invented/brewed and why?

A: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. I've heard it called the first double IPA. I can only imagine the reactions such a big, hoppy beer got in 1983 when it was first brewed.

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