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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1011A East Westfield Blvd
phone: (317) 255-0978
(Place added by: Indybeer on 04-19-2005)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
Although I visited Brugge Brassiere on opening night, I wanted to wait until I had visited a few times to be fair in my review. I really loved the place opening night, but it's not fair to gauge a place by its opening, right?
After visiting several more times after the opening, I have to say that Brugge is one of my favorite places... anywhere... ever.
The beer is absolutely phenominal... Ted Miller really knows how to brew. The Belgian Pale and the Belgian Dark are very tasty, as is the Triple. The Continenal Pils is maybe not right on for style, but still is a very good beer.
The food is damn good as well. I've tried 2 varieties of Moules (Mussels), their L'Enorme Frites (a large serving of fries with 10 dipping sauces,) a couple of their Crepes, and one of their French Bread sandwiches, and everything I've tried has been very tasty. The crepes are maybe slightly under-cooked, but that's a very minor complaint.
The mood of the place is quite cool as well... it is a somewhat dark interior setting, with indoor and outdoor seating. The art work, tables, and lighting in the place make it look quite classy, but the pricing is very reasonable. It's non-smoking, and is kid friendly with menu items like PB&J crepes and homemade root beer.
As a good friend of mine suggested, if they had free wi-fi, I might never have to leave...
I've since been informed by Ted that they now have free wi-fi too... ah, heaven on earth. Or at least as close as you can get in Indianapolis.
05-24-2005 21:50:34 |
More by zerk
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I visited Brugge for the first time this evening to catch some playoff hockey. I'd never been there before and I was surprised when I pulled up. It's a two story establishment with outside areas for nice weather evenings. I went upstairs to the bar with a few friends. They had five or so house beers with a few guest taps. The main beer they had on tap tonight, in my opinion at least, was Harvey (a blackberry wild). It was superb and overly drinkable. They also have an array of random bottles behind the counter, most notable a few geuezes and even KBS. The service was top notch. Their food menu is not your general pub fare. They feature crepes, stews, mussels, and other higher quality items. The portobello, artichoke crepes I got were phenomenal. This place focuses on quality, quality, quality. It was very clean and has a very classy feel. I highly recommend it and I'm sure I'll be back soon.
05-13-2011 04:57:48 |
More by aasher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Being the second brewpub my girlfriend and myself visited in the Broad Ripple Village, this was tremendous! We walked over from the Thr3e Wise Men (while they recommended this place to us, and I'm glad!
Atmosphere was very calm and relaxing. We first started off in the bar downstairs and after our first drink, wandered upstairs to the bar with their Bombers/Guest Taps. Different from normal brewpubs in that it wasn't loud, noisy, usually crazy, but more time to hang and learn about the beers they brew.
Quality was great. Nice furniture inside, perfect lighting, good sets of tables on the outside patio (both levels), and clean.
Service was absolutely one of the best qualities of this place! At the bottom bar, Chez was our server and was very helpful about the 2 beers we were drinking. Then we went upstairs to the top bar and Noah was our bartender there. He spent over 30 minutes tuning us in to all of their brews + all guest taps and gave multiple samples to help us judge our next beers. He also led us to some good contacts @ Kahn's Liquor Store for the next day's journey. They were fantastic and helped us beyond the necessary amount to keep a customer satisfied.
The only thing we tried were the Frites. They were delicious coming with Bleu Cheese, Roasted Garlic, Fresh Syrup and French Dijon Dipping Sauces.
Great time, good prices! ($5.25 for any of their beers, $5 for the frites), and has some really fun employees who could really educate new beer drinkers or even let veterans take on new wants/rare beers. Will be back again!
06-21-2011 01:08:10 |
More by DCon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
So, I was visiting Indianapolis for the yearly GenCon gaming convention, sadly, it's tough to enjoy a con when the majority of your possessions (including con badge) get stolen the night you arrive.
After a day or two of mourning and moping, I decided to make the best of my trip and visit as many interesting beer locations as possible. Brugge is a twenty minute bus trip away from downtown, so I hop on the bus headed to Broad Ripple. Upon arrival, I call Brugge and speak to one of the bartenders who goes by "Cupcake" (supposedly, because his head is shaped like one) and he directs me to the restaurant from the bus stop.
First off, this place is beautiful, I could imagine enjoying several pints on their spacious deck. This is really just icing, as the real show is inside. Being a Belgian style brewpub in America, my expectations for the food and beer are a little higher than they would be for most other venues and all of those expectations were surpassed.
First up, I had what Cupcake described as a Belgian style Helles (I'm not sure if this is a distinct beer from the Blonde listed on BA), delicious, reminiscent of Augustiner's Helles with a bit of candy-sweet Belgian malt character. The food was also exceptional, I had the duck confit, with cherry lambic compote piled high with frites.
All of the beers were exceptionally on style, with little variation, which is a-ok by me.
Before leaving, Cupcake mentioned a good beer store and another good brewpub in Broad Ripple, which I didn't have time to visit this year, but I'll definitely be penciling in a trip next year.
Brugge, in my amatuer opinion, is the real deal.
08-21-2008 14:20:15 |
More by Walken
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited Brugge for the first time on 12/10 w/ a group of fellow BA's and a buddy from out-of-town.
Brugge is a fairly cozy place, and is well-decorated. Creative, unique wire tap handles cach one's eye when checking out the bar, and a large window allows a view of the shiny stainless steel bright tanks.
The selection of their house brews included about 8, ranging from pilsener to IPA, to a couple of sours (their specialty), to a darker lager and a stout. My favorite by far was Harvey, which I'm thinking was a Flanders Red. Definitely a skillful mix of berry tartness & sweetness, and also some wild "funkiness". My buddy had never tried a sour, and really enjoyed this one too. A great entry-level sour ale.
I also tried a small order of their frites, which were delicious on their own, but come accompanied by a choice of many dipping sauces. (I really enjoyed the vinegar/sea salt and garlic aioli.)
All in our group enjoyed this spot, and look forward to meeting up there again!
12-11-2011 18:06:34 |
More by mdvatab
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Technically in Broad Ripple, which is kinda like if Wicker Park and Iowa City had a baby. Very nice, very pretty neighborhood with ample parking. We visited around 6:30 on a Saturday and the place was packed.
It's tiered off into four sections--two outside and two inside. You can smoke upstairs inside but that's it. It's on the banks of a little creek, right off a bike path and would make a fantastic stop as part of a cycle tour of Indie.
The restaurant is pretty but not quite stylish. There are lots of neat little flares but they don't add up into anything coherent--copper tables, industrial-looking ceilings with exposed pipes, orange mall-store lighting around bristle dart board. This might be how restaurants look in Belgium. I dunno.
They only had two house beers on tap, but thankfully there were a halfdozen spectacular choices from other breweries, including Founder's Breakfast Stout! My only complaint is that there weren't any actual Belgians on tap. You could get Fantome, Chimay, and Dupont in bottles, but that was it.
The food was fantastic. Moule Frites with the mussels cooked perfectly in a safron/herbs de provence blend (you could choose from about a dozen different methods of preparation). The fries also come with your choice of about a dozen homemade sauces. Really great, communal bar food. There are few things I like more than sharing a bucket of dinner with someone I love.
It wasn't cheap but it also wasn't unreasonable. The service was a little slow, but like I said the place was packed so it wasn't a big deal. This is one of the nicest places I've been to since moving to Indiana.
09-20-2009 16:06:56 |
More by mynie
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
The inside of the establishment is small but very clean and nice. The waiter was very knowledgable. Brugge seems to take pride in their mussels, which were excellent. The cajun mussels brought me back to the taste of crawfish boils in Louisiana. The steak was very tender and nicely seasoned. The fries are excellent. The beer is exceptional. As close to authentic belgian style beer as you can get in Indiana. The Tripel De Ripple reminds me of Ommegang Hennepin. The black is very creamy and delicious as well.
11-29-2009 02:59:17 |
More by Brettster
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A very cool concept, well executed. The decor is unique, the atmosphere cozy, the ambience fairly noisy but not overwhelmingly so (we visited on a busy Friday night).
There were 3 beers on draft which were made by Brugge, plus Lindemans Framboise, and a number of good Belgians in bottles (De Dolle and Cantillon are the ones I remember).
We tried the Dubbel and the Biere du Garde. Both were quite good, fruity, sweet, plenty of Belgian character, and (esp. for the Dubbel) quite a punch alcohol-wise. Drink with care!
The food was excellent and refreshingly different-- the Belgian theme is carried through consistently and pleasingly. We tried the mussels and one of the sandwiches (the Steak Frite, reportedly excellent, was gone by the time we got to order), both of which came with Pommes Frittes and your choice of dipping sauces (the pesto one was the standout, though the homemade ketchup and the garlic aoli were also good). Really good.
For dessert we had a butter and sugar crepe and a nutella and raspberry crepe. Both were superb.
We enjoyed our server, who was definitely a 'character,' as was the guy making the crepes (we sat at a sort of bar looking over the kitchen-- a good place to sit).
An excellent experience and a place to visit again. Should be a must-visit on anyone's tour of Indy. The only thing that would make it better is having more Brugge beers on tap at a given time.
10-15-2005 22:58:56 |
More by mtullius
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Spent four nights in Indy on business and found the reviews of Brugge Brasserie posted on BA good enough for me to give it a try.
Visited Brugge on a Friday evening. It's a $25 buck cab ride from downtown (I was staying at the Westin and flew into Indy w/ no rental car). Got there around 6:30 and the place was pretty packed already. Was able to get a table in the main area. Even for a busy time, the waitstaff was very personable and attentive.
The menu was Belgian top to bottom. I started with the 2 lbs of Prince Edward Island mussles. I chose the Provencal version (French butter, herbs de Provence, shallots, garlic and French chardonnay). Two pounds was a good amount and they were done nicely. This came with a "sleeve" of pomme frites with two dipping sauces. Great addition.
For a main course I chose the special crepe of the day, which was a seafood offering with shrimp, scallops and portobello mushrooms in a light sauce. Again, wonderful stuff.
Three offerings and all were homebrewed. I chose the Thunder Monkey (a tripel) to have with my mussles and frites. This brew was very well done, slighly spicy/malty offering with a very, very smooth finish. I ordered a second with my crepes and this was an outstanding pairing.
Small and a good local flavor. Very open feel. Close tables and benches fill the main room, with a bar area in the back. Each table has holes that allow the frite cones to be placed. Nice touch.
Would I go back? In a heartbeat. The limited number of beers is not an issue with me. This is a place to enjoy good food paired with good beer.
10-15-2007 00:15:01 |
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