From the Brewer: Local Malts for Local Flavor

As many know, Streetside’s tagline is “The Intersection of Community and Craft,” and we have worked hard to embody that in everything we do — whether it is charity support, involvement with the business association and community council, or educational outreach such as my Communiversity Class at UC this spring. However, one area where we haven’t been as community-minded is the actual production of our beer…until now.

We’ve always used the highest quality ingredients in all of our beers, but we just recently started using an Ohio maltster, Haus Malts, for all our sours and in our Saison “Fat Gnome,” which was made in collaboration with Ill Mannered Brewing Company. We’ve found that using these all-Ohio malts that are malted in small batches by someone we regularly are in contact with gives the beers a certain distinct flavor. This “je ne se quoi” is called terrior. Terrior is defined as the set of all environmental factors that affect a crop’s phenotype, including unique environment contexts, farming practices and a crop’s specific growth habitat. In simple terms, it means that local crops, made by local businesses, give a local flavor. This is our way of building community and supporting local farmers and business through the production of Streetside beer. We hope you enjoy and notice this extra attention to detail!

Reminder: We are releasing our first American Wild Ale in bottles on Saturday, December 9, at 10am. View the Facebook event for more details. This beer will be on tap all week if you would like to try it before the release.

What we are drinking: Almanac Grand Cru White