Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 318
Beer Avg: 3.93
Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by woodychandler:
5/5 rDev +24.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Someday soon, I am going to be taken to task for my 5s, but my feeling is that if I could and can justify The Brewer's Art, then this is it's midwestern twin brother.
I started my day by badging my way into Broad Ripple BP, as mentioned in a different Beer Fly and when I mentioned to their brewer that this would be my next stop, he advised me that it is [mis]pronounced "Brew-G (hard-guh sound) eez Brassieres", which I found out sets off owner and brewer Ted Miller very nicely. It should be noted that Ted and all of his co-owners are graduates of Broad Ripple High School. It's an area thing.
Walking in out of the rain, I was immediately transported to Belgium. The short bar is beautifully polished; the metal chairs are designed with a Celtic flair; the starfish/flower motif is dominent behind the bar; and the tap handles are straight out of The Brewer's Art (Volker, are you listening?).
Directly behind me, while seated at the bar (naturally), is a table fashioned from a former hot water tank and fitted with a hammered copper top. They use hand-blown glass for the lighting; hammered copper tops for the tables in the restaurant area; Ted's brother made the tap handles (artisan craftsmanship); and local artist's works adorn the walls. The restaurant area is painted a flat, brick-red to differentiate it from the bar and the Men's, which are a flat, deep blue. This helps for IN state law, which prohibits underage patrons (and Ted's children, whom I met, along with his wife) from wandering into verboten areas.
I feel compelled, as always, to mention the Men's: Here, it is a magnificent affair, with a red tile floor; blue walls; a copper-framed mirror; burnished aluminum electrical socket; but they are missing jet black porcelain, which I have seen elsewhere.
The bar was well tended by Sage Brantley, a New York transplant who keeps the patrons on their feet with his sarcasm and good humor. In fact, he and Ted made for quite the duo the day that I was in. It was just like home, which only reinforces my love of the place. Cupcake and Mark of CIBAS are regular recipients of their gibes, but they like all of their regulars, keep coming back for more.
As far as the food was concerned, as soon as I saw Waterzooi on the menu, they had me! This was just like the bowl that I had in Brussels in late-December 2001. Creamy with huge chunks of fish, mussels in the shell, and potato. Wonderful. Sage was concerned that I used my minature loaf of bread as sop before I was entirely finished and brought me another. Perfect.
The beers are huge, and since I still had a MNF game to attend that night, I went with a sampler flight to begin and then switched to what Ted refers to as his "table beer". No matter. It was good and all of his beers are winners.
12-09-2005 16:03:04 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A: A friendly, hopping spot, but does not take reservations, so be sure to call ahead to get a seat in less than an hour. Very loud, so do not plan for quiet conversation.
Q: The place delivers. The beer and food are well crafted fare.
S: Somewhat lackadaisical or perhaps just harried, but ultimately not enough to put me off the place.
S: There was a wide selection of beers, including the Tripel that I had which was easy to drink, but with real punch.
F: The beer was very good. The food was great. Frites and their sauces were always delicious, the crepes were extraordinary, and even where items did not end up being my cup of tea, they were always well done.
V: No question this place is worth it, even if it is by no means cheap. A great place to get together with friends and have a drink and dinner.
09-09-2013 04:13:01 | More by Tsar_Riga
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
Found in the Broad Ripple neighborhood, just north of Indianapolis, IN. Parking is kind of limited, but shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Seemingly "newer" 2 story building, which from the outside is rather unassuming - as is inside so I'll forego my usual decor listing. As mentioned, there are 2 floors, both belonging to the brewery. Downstairs is primarily restaurant seating with roughly 10 tables, and also with a small 6 person bar with 1 tv (kind of in a cramped area). Upstairs however has a very large 20 seat bar, with 6 four tops and 2 six seater high tops. The upstairs seems to be primarily for sporting events (2 tvs over the bar and one large projection screen) and spill over from downstairs. There is outside seating either on the patio downstairs, or on the deck connected to upstairs.
There are 10 taps; 4 are house beers (tonight is Harvey, Leopold, Triple de Ripple, Black), and 6 guest taps. Their house beers are pretty solid (although I wasn't in love with the Harvey as said in my review of it) and I'm always interested in trying their latest.
The service is kind of hit or miss. One guy can be friendly, one can be a bit stuck up, and one can be indifferent.
Overall, I fully intend on coming back in the future, because I do think their beers are that good. Pretty easy place to grab a locally brewed Belgian style and watch a baseball or football game - it's not everywhere you can do that.
08-29-2013 00:45:52 | More by qcbrewer
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Great spot with authentic belgian style beers. Their sours are phenomenal. Incredible food menu as well, many different crepes and mussels. Love the red curry mussels. Also some unique dipping sauces for your frites. The nutella crepe may be the best dessert in the city. An upstairs bar features some guest drafts as well that are equally strong.
08-05-2013 21:01:40 | More by myersk27
4.11/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped by Brugge Brasserie for an early dinner while I was in town for work. I didn't know anything about it but it sounded like it could be good. I'm very glad I went.
I ordered the Belgian Style Mussels and Fries which were excellent!
They had 3 of their own beers on tap. I had to try all 3. Their Tripel was the best of the 3 offered. They also had a Sour and an IPA which were both good. They also had a few good guest taps as well.
The place was empty when I got there and started to pick up by the time I was finished. The layout is really cool. They have an outdoor patio area you can sit at.
The service was very attentive but not a lot of smiles out of the crew.
Overall I was very happy with my visit. I'll probably go back next time I'm in Indy.
05-22-2013 00:47:01 | More by NateMac13
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Brugge Brasserie in Indianapolis, IN
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