Ohio City’s Market Garden Brewery is a personal fave. This modern beer garden, brewery and restaurant sits right across the street from Cleveland’s famous Great Lakes Brewing Co. Its brewer Andy Tveekrem was once the head brewer at Great Lakes and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. His beers are refined and addicting. The brand’s marketing is beautiful with labels and packaging picturing the giant sandstone statues, The Guardians of Transportation, which are carved into nearby Hope Memorial Bridge. I was recently up there for a presentation by CODO Design, and the place was wall-to-wall busy.
The brew crew has been busy as well, and Market Garden is growing its product portfolio. First off, the CLE brewhouse has added three new core beers to its lineup — Chinook Strike IPA, Nano OG Lager and Frost Lime Wit with Tangerine — and those are packaged in beautifully bright cans and some draft. Also, the Sam McNulty-fronted brewery (a successful Cleveland restaurateur/entrepreneur) is renovating its production facility and adding a temperature-controlled facility for 300 barrels, a good majority of those coming from Middle West Spirits in Columbus. The company wants to do year-round barrel-aging products. According to this Cleveland.com article:
The days of people wanting “barrel-aged beers only in cold months” might be over, said Market Garden Brewery co-owner Mike Foran.
“You just have to think what flavors will pair well (so) you won’t taste just bourbon,” brewer Andy Tveekrem said, adding that it’s about making “beers that are relevant year-round.”
Tveekrem can do no wrong. Jump right over here to see what is being barrel-aged and when.
Maybe more importantly, the cans seem to be selling well, and the brewery seems happy with their equipment choices. Back to the Cleveland.com article:
The brewery held off until it was satisfied quality standards could be met, and now has a state-of-the art can filler and seamer in its production facility that can roll off 50 cans per minute, Tveekrem said.
“It’s like a symphony in here when it’s running,” said Foran, who said more cans and bottles are scheduled down the line.