Our Story

About Streetside Brewery

In November 1788, the intersection of a dream and a pioneering spirit ignited Benjamin Stites and 26 others to found the settlement of “Columbia” along the banks of the Ohio near the Little Miami River. Now known as Columbia-Tusculum, Streetside Brewery is proud to be rooted in Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood.

With the same industrious energy, the Hickey family, Streetside Brewery founders and residents of Columbia-Tusculum, strives to provide a down-to-earth experience with a selection of exceptional craft beer that’s as diverse, and original, as the community they serve.

Streetside Brewery beers run the gamut from IPAs and Wheats to Lagers and Stouts and specialty beers are featured seasonally. The taproom also spotlights guest taps to support fellow local breweries.

It’s Nice to Meet You

Garrett Hickey

Managing Brewer & Owner


A graduate of Brewlab in Sunderland, England with high honors, Garrett has taken a home-brewing hobby and turned it into a career. He has brewed professionally at Maxim Brewery, Three Kings Brewery and a number of other breweries in England, as well as Labrewatory in Portland, Ore., and Rivertown Brewing Company in Cincinnati.

John Ewers

Head Brewer


John grew up on the East Side of Cincinnati where he attended High School at McNicholas High School. John then attended UC only to leave to take a job as a chemical flavor technician. Over the last 5 years he worked at Listermann Brewing Company where he started as an assistant brewer and worked his way up to Lead Brewer. John’s favorite type of beer to brew is a barrel aged stout and he enjoys playing frisbee golf and having beer shares with his friends.

Steve Schmidt

Production Manager


Steve has been a member of our team since practically day one. This previous taproom-sandwich-maker now works alongside the brewers downstairs. With both chef and Eagle Scout credentials, Steve fills the role of all-around go-to guy perfectly.

Brian Hickey



Garrett and Brian have been brewing together for years in the family’s garage. After working 20 years in the manufacturing industry, Brian is fulfilling his dream of opening a taproom in his retirement.

Kathie Hickey



Kathie is the president of the 3East Business Association and volunteers a lot of her time helping revitalize the business districts of Columbia Tusculum, Linwood and the East End.

Andy Sohoza

Andy Sohoza

Creative Director


After a decade of making fine art that looked commercial anyway, Andy decided to explore the world of branding, design, and commercial illustration. He quickly found himself working with some of Cincinnati’s best and brightest through agencies like Landor, BLDG, and most notably, Neltner Small Batch. After three years of freelancing, and too many beer labels to count, Streetside offered him a spot at the table.

Martin “Frenchie” French

Sales Manager


Excellent beer and hospitality are in Martin “Frenchie” French’s blood. A native Cincinnatian, Frenchie studied business at Loyola University New Orleans and NKU. Before joining the Streetside team, Frenchie managed the taproom and special events for the Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. in Over-the-Rhine.

Russell Leonard

Russell Leonard

Sales Rep


Russell has spent more than 10 years helping grow the craft beer industry and is excited to be back in Dayton. A Certified Cicerone who has held multiple positions in the industry, he feels most at home passing on his beer experiences and sharing great beers with others.