Market Cross Pub & Brewery debuted its new outdoor beer garden during an open house Wednesday in downtown Carlisle.
The beer garden space is located at the rear of the pub adjacent to Market Cross Brewery. The back alley outdoor space is for guests 21 and older and features the pub’s full bar and a limited beer garden food menu.
“After 23 years, we recognized a problem ... we needed more space to accommodate our guests with the recent addition of premium liquor and fine wines to our extensive award-winning beer menu,” said Ashleigh Corby, Market Cross Pub & Brewery president. “After a brainstorming session we looked at all of our property and found a concrete pad next to the brewery and our alley space that we could take advantage of.”
Corby said the pub, at 113 N. Hanover St., worked with the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. to apply for and receive a tourism grant to help fund the project.
“This project is an excellent example of a successful tourism grant,” said Ashley Kurtz, Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. promotions manager. “It increases the visitor experience at Market Cross and expands their seating capacity while adding another unique dining experience to the downtown.”
“They (CAEDC) were kind enough to show us the support that we needed to turn our dream into a reality,” Corby said.
The Market Cross Beer Garden is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Corby said the pub added outdoor heaters throughout the area to help deal with colder fall temperatures. The space will also be available as a rental location for personal or professional gatherings.
The pub opened in 1994 in downtown Carlisle, followed by the brewery opening in 2002.