When people think of Campagnolo they probably think of their amazing menu of traditional rustic Italian dishes, as they should. But what some may not know is they recently opened the space above the main restaurant as Upstairs at Campagnolo and are making the best burger around. Head there for The Dirty Burger paired with a Brassneck Brewery Klutz Kolsch.The Dirty Burger comes with a 40 day dry-aged prime grade beef neck patty, American cheese, cascade tomatoes, pickles, iceberg lettuce and secret sauce on a house made Scotch Bap bun. This burger’s design stems from those classic burgers we all had in hockey arenas, baseball field snack counters or at the local amusement park as kids. It’s basically just like that, but with everything elevated (times like a million). The star of this burger is the beef, and that’s no accident considering the beef is as good as it gets. Now beef neck is not your average cut for a burger but when your dry aging it for 40 days, average has been thrown out the window long ago.From the first bite the beef’s flavour explodes and marries itself quickly with the sweetness from the cascade tomatoes and “secret sauce”. The iceberg lettuce is there to reinforce that ”classic burger”, and to bring a nice fresh crunchy texture. The last thing that should not be overlooked on The Dirty Burger is the bun. The Scotch Bap is perfect with its soft interior there to soak up the burgers juices and crusty exterior keeping everything together.Now, a very special thing that you should know about Upstairs is that they are the only place to offer the amazing Brassneck Brewery outside of the brewery itself. So you will always find a great selection of offerings current with what is being poured at the brewery just up the road. I decided to go with the Klutz Kolsch because I was looking for something on the lighter side that wouldn’t compete too much with the burger. The choice was perfect in my opinion, the Klutz Kolsch is bright and refreshing and as Brassneck themselves states it “meant for quenching thirsts, not blowing minds”. So if you’re looking for the best burger in Vancouver paired with a masterfully brewed German style kolsch, then head Upstairs at Campagnolo for This Sandwich (Burger) and That Beer.
Head to www.facebook.com/CampUpstairs and www.brassneck.ca for more info. Follow them both on Twitter @CampUpstairs and @brassneckbrew and follow me @TSTB_blog. Head to Brassneck Brewery to find this beer and others to take home.
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