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Streetside Brewery Managing Brewer Garrett Hickey Talks Little Balls of Blue

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Streetside Brewery Managing Brewer Garrett Hickey Talks Little Balls of Blue

We spoke with Streetside Brewery Managing Brewer Garrett Hickey about Little Balls of Blue.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
Our previous lead brewer and I use the same rough Berliner and Gose recipe. This is a beer we have brewed since the first couple months of Streetside so it’s a bit hard to remember who picked the fruit on this one, but I’m going to say it was a joint decision.

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
I love the fruit punch-y aspect of the beer. The acid and the blueberry play so well together and creates a truly refreshing beer, perfect for hot and humid Cincinnati summers.

BC: Where does this beer’s name come from?
To be honest, I was feeling a bit crass when naming this beer. I’ll leave it to the readers to interpret what the name means.

BC: Is this your “desert island beer?”
Probably not, but it’s a good option, I would say. 

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Fruity, crushed berry, crisp acidity, lemon tartness

BC: Do you know a story – or have a personal story – that revolves around this beer?
This is a favorite of our bartenders to make beer cocktails or beer blends with. The word "balls" seems to make naming cocktails and beer blends a lot easier for some reason.

BC: What's a good food pairing for this beer?
I like a pungent cheese and meat, as the acidity cuts through the fats of the meat and cheese while the blueberry stands up to the cheese.

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