There's no better way to celebrate the return of warm weather than a good ol' fashioned grilling. It's a time-honored tradition here in Wisconsin. The second it gets above 40 degrees, get your shorts, flip-flops and 'Kiss the Cook' apron ready... you're grilling! Lucky for us, the Reap Food Group set this all in motion this past weekend with their 10th annual Burgers & Brew event held at the Capital Brewery in Middleton, WI.
If you haven't heard of REAP yet, now is the time to learn. REAP is a non-profit organization committed to building and sustaining a local food system throughout Southern Wisconsin. They are dedicated to supporting local businesses and small family farms and connecting them with the rest of the community to ensure access to sustainable and healthy food. If you are looking to get involved with the REAP organization, CLICK HERE and find out how!
The weather could not have been more perfect, and the tented outdoor location was much appreciated. There was a dedicated parking area for guests, and of course, Capital Brewery to continue the merriment.
Just Coffee was in the house providing regular drip AND Cold Brew for those needing a caffeine pick-me-up.
Wisco Pop gave everyone the opportunity to sample their Certified Organic sodas and sparkles. We were immediately drawn to the vintage feel of their booth. Not only did everything we try taste great, but the packaging looked fantastic! Well done guys!
NessAlla was also in attendance providing samples of their line of local organic Kombucha beverages.
Sadly, we were only able to attend one day (Sunday), and were only able to try the burgers and brew from the Sunday Menu, but in true Epicurean Chronicles style, we were still able to choose our top picks!
So let's get to it, shall we?
Let's get down to our Top 3 Burgers AND Brews!
Top 3 Burgers
3. The Oyster Rocket (The Cooper's Tavern)
Fox Heritage waygu beef on a pretzel bun with Roth Van Gogh Gouda, Vitruvian Farms arugula, and oyster mushrooms.
2. Galangal Burger (Merchant)
Marr’s Valley View Farms beef burger with lemongrass aioli, napa cabbage, pickled Thai chili, and micro cilantro on a Hawaiian roll.
1. Fun-Guy Grilled Cheese Burger (The Vintage)
Knoche’s beef and wild mushroom infused slider, Roth Gorgonzola and swiss grilled cheese, roasted tomato, and Jones Dairy peppered candied bacon.
It was worth attending this event for this burger alone. A perfectly cooked Knoche's Beef patty served in between grilled sandwiches?!?!? We're definitely in Wisconsin folks!!! This burger is worthy of a post on your Instagram, and the #1 spot on our list. Unlike the hype around the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino, this camera-ready burger is the bomb! However, just like the elusive unicorn, It'll be hard to find this burger on The Vintage's regular menu since they don't currently have it listed. Here's hoping that a little bit of rainbows and magic will make this a permanent addition to their menu.
Just LOOK at it!!!!
*Honorable Mention - The Runnelstone Burger (Dotty Dumpling's Dowry)
Wisconsin Meadows beef burger with Roth Butterkäse cheese, house-made English garlic sauce, and a pickle spear.
This one deserves an honorable mention. The classic burger got dressed up a bit with a house-made English garlic sauce. Think of it as 'business casual' if there was a burger dress code. Yum!
Top 3 Brews
3. Fatty Boomblatty (Furthermore)
2. Toy Boat Double IPA (Vintage Brewery)
1. Rift IPA (Central Waters)
This was an incredibly fun AND tasty event. We left satisfied and full... like REALY full!
Would we do it again? Most definitely, and we can't wait to see which Burgers and Brew will make the coveted list next year!
Check out how much fun you could have had at this year's Burgers & Brew in this slideshow, and we hope to see you there next time!