(Visited 07/2011): Market Garden is located in the Ohio City area literally right around the corner from Great Lakes (side note: I asked one of the bartenders if they considered it a slap in the face that another brewery opened so close, but she said the more the merrier). The brewpub is located on W 25th and Market. Parking is typically scarce in the surrounding area.
The interior is open and clean looking, with 2 different bars in different sections. Communal benches throughout. The front bar is where I posted up, and it features an L-shaped bar, chandeliers and a "Beer" sign made out of light bulbs.
The beer list consists of around 20 taps, 8 of which are house beers and the rest guest taps. Market Garden’s beers are available in a $15 sampler and include a Pils, Wheat, Scotch, and Fuggles IPA. All of the beers are decent. They also have a selection of bottled beer, including "large format geek beers".
Service at the bar on a weekday evening was good. The bartender was friendly and well-versed in their beer.
I did not try any food on my visit, but the pretzel appetizer the couple next to me got looked delicious.
Overall this is a nice addition to the Cleveland beer scene. Another side note: Kenny Lofton was in the house during my visit.
Fun, lively place with a younger crowd. Nice, darker modern tavern ambiance. Service was quick, efficient. Was able to do a flight here as well as full pours in pretty decent glassware. Didn’t try the food. Prices reasonable for the area, a big value coming from DC. My only qualm is that a lot of their beer is low quality and brewing flaw laden. Lots of DMS in many offerings. However, a couple were outstanding for some reason. I was a bit surprised to turn around and see a table of eight attractive young women begin taking body shots off of my friend who was laying down on the table shirtless.
A solid brewpub in the West Market area. There is outdoor and indoor seating available. It is a little more upscale than other brewpubs in the area (NanoBrew and Great Lakes). There are roughly 10-12 taps with a variety of styles (IPA, brown, saison, porter, stout, esb, pale ale) and I enjoyed the ones I tried. The menu features high quality entrees - tacos are the specialty (and they were quite delicious!). I’d come here for dinner because the food is quite good and the beer is solid.
Just accross the street from Great Lakes. Nice athmosfere, OK with service. Tried few of their own brews which were nice, was tempted to get a guest beer. There were a few nice ones on the list. Was driving so had to restrict myself. Service, prices, quality, all OK (not outstanding)
This is much better than the Great Lakes across the street. Run by the same people who operate the Bier Market the selection is very inclusive from sessionable IPAs to big winter warmers. The atmosphere is what you would expect for a high end brewpub as are the prices. That is the only downside if you are used to typical Ohio pricing for a pint - except at happy hours pours start from $5.00 and up.
Parking can be a problem depending on time of day but if you can get it there is a free lot a few blocks away. I look forward to visiting this place again to do a true flight of their taps ($15 for seven).
When I visited: May 2012.
What I had: Market Garden Spring Porter (draught), Victory Headwaters Pale Ale (draught), mixed berry ice cream, Kono Sauvignon Blanc and beer cocktail for my better half.
What I liked: solid tap list with awesome guest draughts (Sixpoint, Great Divide, Lost Coast, Ballast Point), efficient service, enjoyable fare.
What I disliked: club atmosphere, highish prices, fine for drinks and dessert but I can’t see us having dinner or a lengthy session amidst the blaring music.
Would I go back? Possibly.
Overall Rating: 72
Great spot for a meet-up, way too dark inside, they do have a beer garden in back but wouldn’t let me sit there (even though others were there and there was plenty of space). Hate the bathroom setup (just the setup, it’s clean enough), and I could see it really bro-out given time and circumstance (not my experience, just speculation). Server was great, though, he’s obviously been working there for a while and has it all down, just about perfect calibration of service for my set of idiosyncratic needs and a very high-energy guy!). Ordered two flights of four 5oz (or so) samplers at $9 each. Food was interesting and quite good and they have frequent menu rotation. Would be happy to return, a great location and great variety in their own beers, including a good saison and two different smoked beers.
feel is a a tad too polished and sports-bar-esque for my liking. beers are fine, nothing terribly exciting- a lineup like most other typical brewpubs across the country. better beers at great lakes across the street.