CLEVELAND, Ohio – Market Garden Brewery’s ninth annual Pumpkin Beer Fest is under way – with a few twists thanks to Covid, of course.
Instead of one day, it’s a week, co-owner Sam McNulty said. The previous fests were held over one day. But to disburse crowds the brewery decided to space this year’s fest over five days, running today through Sunday, Oct. 11.
“With distancing and all the Covid protocols, instead of having one packed festival evening, it’s the entire week,” he said.
• Franklin Castle Pumpkin Spice Ale
• Magis Cider with a pumpkin-spice rim
• Magis Peary Cider
• Mulled Magis Cider cocktail (“for those cooler nights around the fireplace,” McNulty said.)
• Market Garden fall seasonal cocktail line-up. He said the brewery is down to its last few kegs of Summer Shandy, so “we’re bridging summer and fall” by concocting cocktails with it.
The brewery launched Magis Cider a year ago.
Also, a surprise guest tap will be poured daily.
“Between the pumpkin beers and the pumpkin cocktails we’re really tripling down the autumnal (flavors) to round things out,” he said.
Chef Andrew Bower is preparing dishes to pair with the seasonal drinks, McNulty said, including:
• Homemade pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream
• Pork belly and pumpkin pizza with black garlic miso, fresh sage and tamari peanuts
• Beet and carrot salad with spiced barley and Boss Amber Lager vinaigrette
McNulty and brewer Andy Tveekrem always get in the spirit of the event. Hay bales and pumpkins for carving were dropped off at the brewpub today.
Market Garden is at 1947 W. 25th St.
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