Patrick Daniels is the director of brewing operations at Market Garden Brewery. The brewpub opened in 2011 in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood practically across the street from Great Lakes Brewing Co. Since then, Market Garden has opened the nearby Nano Brew Cleveland and a production facility, and distributes its beer in cans and bottles.
Question: Why did you become a brewer?
Answer: So I’ve always worked around the beer industry to some extent. I had my first exposure to real beer and real beer service back in 2007. I remember the deer-in-headlights feeling when I started working at Bier Markt back then, (Triple-digit beer list of Dutch, Belgian and German breweries? — Sure, let’s jump down this rabbit hole). About five years later and I lost count of how many brewery experiences, I found myself completely enthralled in beer making. For me, it’s this perfect balance where science and creativity converge, the chef and the engineer in harmony. Also, it’s tasty work to take home!
Q: What's the story behind the name Market Garden?
A: We opened our brewpub location across the street from the same Bier Markt I mentioned in 2011. The layout of the building is somewhat of a horseshoe with a large outdoor beer garden in the middle facing the Westside Market. A beer garden or biergarten as it’s known in Germany, is crucial in the outdoor enjoyment of beer, food and friends at a brewery and we wanted to provide that atmosphere here in Cleveland.
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite craft beer trends now?
A: Ah, good one. My favorite trend is craft breweries embracing the world of lager brewing — pilsners, helles, lagers (with real lager yeast) — all can be so subtle but unique. For a brewer, they can be challenging and provide little room for miscalculation but are so refreshing and worth the wait!
I would say my least favorite trend in craft is beer that looks like water after being ultra carbon-filtered and I don’t think it will be missed.
Q: What's your best-selling beer and why do you think it's so popular?
A: It is our Bavarian-inspired hefeweizen, Prosperity Wheat! That beer and the style have so many enjoyable qualities — complex aroma from specially selected yeast, sharp and racy mouthfeel from higher than usual carbonation and all balanced out by pale wheat malts. (Ok, I’m reaching for one now.)
Q: Which beer — any beer in the world — do you wish that you created/brewed and why?
A: That is a new question for me … Speaking broadly, I’d say the ‘Munich Six’ Festbier. I love the time of year around Oktoberfest season. The lagers themselves have depth but are still balanced and moreish. Our version, Old Zahm, has a some late Hallertau hop additions that leave a clean, spicy finish.
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