Market Garden Brewery is branching out into cider.

The Cleveland brewery is launching the separate Magis Cider Co.

Market Garden and Magis co-founder Mike Foran said his partners have long had a passion for cider, dating to when they created the Bier Markt in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood and were exposed to great ciders from around the world.

"While beer has been our focus, I always had an eye on the cider world as another great adventure and there was just too much passion for cider in the room for us to ignore," he said, noting that Market Garden brewmaster and partner Andy Tveekrem and Director of Brewing Operations Pat Daniels share his enthusiasm.

The new cider will be launched this fall on draft only at the Market Garden brewpub, with cans hitting the retail market in the spring. Magis is still awaiting regulatory approval.

The company will produce a semi-dry cider, a varietal and seasonal-inspired cider, and a "Norman-style high-end cider that emulates the great cider-makers of northern France," Foran said.

Nielsen, the data analytics company, reported earlier this year that off-premise cider sales grew to $506 million last year, up 8.4% from the previous year, and that cider's overall share of the total alcohol beverage market has grown from 0.06% in 2003 to 0.43% in 2018.

Cider sales peaked at $528 million in 2015 and dipped each year after, but rebounded last year. Nielsen said the growth has been led by regional and local brands.

Magis will use Ohio-grown apples. The company is teaming up with Quarry Hill Orchards in Berlin Heights and an Ohio orchard collective for fresh apples.

The word "magis" is associated with the Jesuits, a Roman Catholic order of priests, but in this case the name isn't intended to be overtly religious, Foran said.

"The word in Latin translates to the word ‘more’ in English and it’s the concept of asking more of yourself, asking more of life, reaching for something greater, aspiring, being inspired, things like that," he said.

Market Garden isn't the first craft brewery to expand into cider making. Boston Beer Co., the maker of Samuel Adams, operates Angry Orchard, while Ohio breweries such as Cincinnati-based Rhinegeist and Cleveland-based Platform also offer cider.