Market Garden Brewery is the brain child of popular restaurateur Sam McNulty, known for his other endeavors including Bar Cento, Bier Markt, and Nano Brew, all occupying spaces on West 25th in Ohio City. After two years in the making and nearly $4 million in renovation costs, McNulty transformed the former grocery store/poultry shop into what Market Garden Brewery is today: a stunning brewery with an outdoor patio and an impressive 500-plus capacity.
Service and Atmosphere
Market Garden Brewery has a very warm, comfortable vibe: lots of wood, some exposed pipes, and dim lighting all add to the ambiance. There is ample seating throughout the brewery: plenty of tables, two bars upstairs, and then additional seating downstairs plus a third bar. There’s also an undeniably awesome outdoor seating area–a perfect place to grab a cold brew on a warm day.
With its 500-plus seating capacity, Market Garden is a great place for holding a dinner get together, whether it be large or small. They have an events coordinator who will gladly work with you to make arrangements for your special occasion–click here to learn more.
The service at Market Garden was great: we were immediately seated, our server was friendly and attentive, and our food came out quickly and just as ordered.
Market Garden brews some good beer, and there’s usually enough choices on tap to suit just about every taste. Do yourself a favor when you come here though and steer clear of their guest beer list–drink something brewed in house!
Some current favorites on their beer list include the Cluster Fuggle IPA (if you like hoppy beer, take this one for a spin), the Cleveland Illuminator Doppelbock (a strong, but very smooth lager), and the Pearl Street Wheat (a sweeter, lighter beer that’s rather refreshing). Check out the full list of current beers on tap here.
I opted for the vegetable sandwich ($11), a tasty blend of zucchini, squash, red peppers, havarti cheese, and basil aioli on crispy focaccia bread. The vegetables were cooked perfectly, and the cheese and aioli helped me forget that I was eating a sandwich comprised of just vegetables. It was served with arguably some of the best fries in Cleveland. These things were really, really good: perfectly crisp and wonderfully seasoned–I could have made a meal out of these alone.
We also sampled the chorizo joe ($11), a large helping of spicy sausage served with cheddar cheese and crispy onion straws on a tasty pretzel bun. This sandwich wasn’t your mom’s batch of crock pot sloppy joes–it was fresh and delicious, and a great twist on a classic.
The great thing about the menu at Market Garden is that it always seems to be changing with the seasons. Because they source as many ingredients as they possibly can locally, don’t get your heart set on something before you go–it could have been swapped out for something new.
Some current favorite menu offerings include the Polish boy ($11), the Market Garden Ohio beef burger ($12), and the potato and cheese pirogues ($15).
Market Garden also offers a Sunday brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., featuring a variety of breakfast favorites like fried chicken and waffles, eggs benedict, and an assortment of omelets.
Between the food made with lots of local ingredients, the house made beer, and the usually pretty darn good service, Market Garden has got to be one of my favorite go-to places for food and brews.
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