What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I’m co-founder of Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio. After homebrewing, at 21 I opened my first restaurant and bar on the campus of Cleveland State University. Our eight draft handles were all local craft (with the exception of Coors Banquet) and my love of craft beer grew and grew. We’ve now opened three breweriesâ€”and three restaurantsâ€”in the Ohio City brewery district of Cleveland.
What’s new at Market Garden?
We just added cans to our bottle and keg distribution lineup this year. We also recently added Beastie American stout to our can lineup.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The people. Hands down some of the most laid-back, down-to-earth, and just all around interesting people of any industry I’ve come across.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
Cambozola and Market Garden Progress Pilsner.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Surviving growing up with six siblings and still loving them all.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Noble Beast’s Noble Brut IPA.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Cambodia. The people and food were outstanding in every way. The beers were just old colonial adjunct lager recipes, but in the blistering heat (food and weather) they were amazing.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Visit other breweries in Ohio City with my wife, Ciara, and dog Bo. Nothing could be better!