Market Garden Brewery kicks off 5-day Pumpkin Beer Fest

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.

On tap:

• 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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Morgan’s Pier Presents FALL FEST On The Waterfront With Pumpkin Carving, Fall Decor, New Menus

Fall Fest returns for the sixth season from September 23 to November 1, 2020.

Waterfront dining at one of Philadelphia’s largest socially distanced outdoor venues will continue into the fall season. Morgan’s Pier Fall Fest returns for the sixth season from September 23 to November 1, 2020.

Head to the expansive dining destination as it converts into an autumn wonderland – with six more weeks of stunning views, entertainment, fall food and cocktails, seasonal beers and much more. New for 2020, Morgan’s Pier Fall Fest for the first time ever in its history will operate fully at seven days a week. Hours once Fall Fest begins (and new times start in Philadelphia/Pennsylvania) will be from Monday to Sunday, from 12pm Noon to last seating at 9:30pm. Hours are subject to change based on local and state guidelines.

Reservations are now live and available on Resy or by visiting Reservations, masks and socially distancing are required during the global pandemic. Morgan’s Pier is located at 221 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia PA 19123. Meter and free street parking are located nearby along Columbus Boulevard and in the nearby neighborhoods.

Morgan’s Pier Fall Fest will feature striking views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River, plus the addition of twinkling lights, fall flowers and foliage, carved themed pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks and other festive surprises.This year’s Chef in Residence Job Adair will transform the current food offerings to adjust to new local, seasonal offerings. Chef brings experience from working at some of Philadelphia’s most notable restaurants, including Fork, South Helm and Helm Rittenhouse. Chef has evolved the outdoor beer garden’s backyard BBQ menu by bringing together seasonal flavors, local ingredients and high high end training. Featured favorite dishes this season include Mushroom FATbread featuring Lost Bread Co.’s dough, topped with white sauce, pancetta, ricotta and sage. For a sweet seasonal ending to the meal, don’t miss a throwback with the Pier’s Pumpkin Bread and Fried Apple Empanadas.Locals can depend on Morgan’s Pier to offer an array of local beer selections, as the beer and cocktail menu also receive a seasonal revamping. As always, Morgan’s Pier will show off their proclivity to local brews in their season selections, including MainStay Octoberfest. Evil Genius Trick or Treat Choc Pumpkin Porter, Victory Festbier and 2SP Baby Bob Stout. For those looking to warm up with a hot, spiked drink, an Apple Spiced Toddy with Crown Apple, local apple cider, lemon juice and cinnamon or S’mores cocktail with rum, hot chocolate, honey, chocolate drizzle and a ‘mallow will have you feeling cozy in no time.For entertainment, pumpkin carving will be available on weekends from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Patrons can pick a pumpkin from the Morgan’s Pier Pumpkin Patch for only $5/$10. Additionally, music will be provided by local entertainers every weekend on Thursday nights, Friday happy hour and night, Saturday day and night, and Sunday day.For sports fans, the only thing more Fall than pumpkin spice is the

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