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Welcome to Garnet Heart Beer! We are Cameron and Kirby. We document our travels and life through craft beer.

Rebirth & American Beer

Rebirth & American Beer

               Rebirth and the origin of American Beer. Seven words newly define ourselves and our trip to Milwaukee, WI. It has almost been two years since we started this hobby. Documenting, cataloguing, reading, and drinking our way through cities all over the United States and beyond. It is surreal what this has turned into.

This is our rebirth.

                Milwaukee, WI. You awoke something in us. Something… magical. You are the pinnacle of the American Dream, you are America. A melting pot of amazing cultures, people, and ideas that culminated into this great city of the Midwest.

This is the birthplace of American Beer.

                With our arrival on the 26th of October, we knew we were in for a treat for the four days we planned on staying. We have been through this before. Make an itinerary and scope out the local beer scene, but it was different this time. This time, we were here as Media.

                We had been contracted by Travel Wisconsin to eat, drink, and explore our way through their lovely home. This was a first for us. This is our “Day One” of our reinvention.

                An uneventful 6 a.m. flight from Denver to Milwaukee had us getting antsy. We had done countless beer trips in the past, but we were anxious. We needed food and a good brew to calm our nerves.

                Café Benelux. This Third Ward Belgian Bier Bar was just what we needed to settle down. Despite their award winning Belgian Bier selection we balked. Boasting 48 pages of brews to sift through we finally decided on a couple of drinks. New Glarus Oktoberfest (Cameron) and Lowlands Brewing Hollander IPA (Kirby). New Glarus is a Wisconsin staple. Spotted Cow Cream Ale being their flagship. While, Lowlands was unheard of to us. This is why we were here though. To discover great beer. So far we were off to a good start.

                The food had settled and the beer was calming the nerves. It was time to head to our first brewery of the day. A short walk from the Café was Milwaukee Ale House. Founded in 1997 when Milwaukee was mainly a Lager town they shook up the industry with their Ales. 300 different beers brewed and 20 years later they are still innovating and exciting. The “Mosaic Schmosaic” sounded bland and boring by the name alone, but at first sip of this single hop brew it was anything but. Soft, supple, rounded, and juicy, this was a good start to our Milwaukee craft beer adventure.

Mosaic Schmosaic from Milwaukee Ale House

Mosaic Schmosaic from Milwaukee Ale House

Democratic Beer

Democratic Beer