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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1011A East Westfield Blvd
phone: (317) 255-0978
(Place added by: Indybeer on 04-19-2005)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place was ok, the food was good, but I don't really have the desire to return.
Went in the "front" door where there was a wine bar, looked around a corner for a table, and settled in at the tiny bar around another corner. I like small bars, and they can be very cozy, but given the fact that there were only 3 taps, I felt like "been there, done that" after about 20 minutes. The building itself had an awkward layout, it felt a little like being in the cabin of a ship for some reason. If it had been any more crowded, it would have been uncomfortable. Decor was dark, with colorful glass light fixtures, and an illuminated flower sculpture was behind the bar. A framed Belgian soccer jersey next to the bar was a nice contrast from the hippie-chic decor. There was a patio outside that had a more relaxed and open feel.
Beers were great, I had a Tripel and Black. We had a cone of frites with garlic aioli and Indian-style hot curry. Also sampled the pickled herring, which was tasty and artfully presented. Prices were reasonable on appetizers, higher for entrees. No beer sampler, but then again, there aren't that many to sample. There were six taps behind the bar, only 3 were pouring beer. Bartender answered our questions and all beer was served in it's style-specific glassware. Give it a try and see what you think.
06-23-2008 18:04:22 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
Visited Brugge twice in about a 3 week span. It is located in the Broad Ripple area on Westfield/Winthrop, which may confuse some mapping software. They have a small private lot but there is additional parking down the street.
Brugge is split into two levels, and you have to go outside to get upstairs. The lower level is more of a restaurant with a small bar on the right side. They have funky lighting and artwork on the walls, and a mauve and blue-green color scheme. It is pretty open allowing a view of the kitchen, and there is a chalkboard displaying the beers they have. Upstairs has more of a pub feel with a larger and more ornate bar, TVs and more taps. Handmade tap handles are pretty cool.
The beer selection downstairs is pretty sparse, with only 4 beers (less on my next visit) plus a guest. Upstairs there are more guest beers. All of Brugge's beers are of the Belgian style which is a nice touch, although they don't offer samples of anything.
Service has been consistently good on my visits. The bartenders are all pretty knowledgeable about beer and are friendly.
As for the food, hands down some of the best french (Belgian?) fries I have ever had. You can easily make a meal out of a small size, and "L'enorme" could feed an entire family. They have at least a dozen different sauces in which to dip the fries. Excellent all around.
Overall Brugge is a cool spot that I will definitely keep visiting on trips to Indy.
04-01-2010 21:36:19 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited this place with another BA in November on a Sunday night. Vibe of the place was pretty standard as other brewpubs I've been in. It appeared to be a special night as they were showing a microbrewery movie showcasing Dogfish Head. The beers were very good, as the stars on the roster were their sour beers. In the past I had the fortune to try one of their beers so this time I had a few pints going that way and was not disappointed. We were situated upstairs which was a little weird but maybe this was not normal... parking was relatively easy but then again, it was Sunday night. Service was good for the most part and I would definitely recommend this place to a friend and go back again.
01-13-2011 05:01:27 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Had tried BB at Great Taste in 2007, and was looking forward to the stop in Indianapolis. My niece is a newly minted Boilermaker, so we picked her up from my alma mater to head to Indy to be tourists. After a walk through the memorials downtown, we headed to the Broad Ripple neighborhood to hang out and hit the pub. Of the three pubs in the area, BB is the highest rated as well over Broad Ripple and Thr3e Wise Men.
Walking in the door, we had very friendly and quick service. Took a seat and order up some frites. As avid traveler and fan of the Netherlands, I'm well acquainted with frites. However, these didn't taste very authentic. Unless you're really hungry, think twice about ordering the L'Enorme--it truly is enormous. Waitress at the next pub said they couldn't finish it with five around the table on night. For dinner, we ordered crepes--scrambled eggs, roasted tomato, double glazed onion and swiss. Enjoyed it a lot.
Had a sample of the I70 Ghost Ramp IPA--and wasn't impressed. First draft was of the Tripel de Ripple, which was ok but lacked some character. The final draft was Harvey--a sour ale with blueberries. Easily the best of the night, but still light and middle of the road. Good stop and enjoyed the dinner, but don't think I'll make Brugge Brasserie a regular stop for future Indy trips.
10-27-2011 00:51:08 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Brugge Brasserie is small but decent!
On a whim, I met up with fellow BA Sephiroth on an odd Tuesday night. Luckily, a few seats opened up after a 1/2 hour of hanging. We swapped our beers and enjoyed. Brugge is small, but cozy with two bar areas that you can sit at: Eight seats in the front and four in the back. Also, the front has a fashionable copper dent table top made from a brew kettle that seats six. The restaurant area is quaint and to the left side. I dug the interior vibe. Sorta like dimly lit restaurant meets artistic. Obvious lean on soccer games and the town of Brugge.
Service is fine. I mean, I went to bar and I got the beer I ordered. Some pleasant conversation ensued.
Selection was a teeny bit limited but they have two tanks that I saw so it is a product of limited space. They were out of Framboise, bit had a Pilsner (Fat Tire,) Black (Belgian meets liquorice,) and Belgian Pale (really Belgian Dark,) but I was diggin' the flavah! Yum! Wild!
I didn't try the food. I was here for the beer! Beer was all Belgian surprises. Wicked. More towns need a brewpub like Brugge. A MUST TRY!!!!
Could you bring your Mother here? Yes! It's a small clean brewpub with clean bathrooms. Focus is all on beer and good food. Top notch! Beers were cheap. $4.25 a pint.
12-21-2005 04:35:13 |
More by blitheringidiot
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is in a trendy part of town that was alive with people on a Friday night. It has an internet café on top with very large banners so we weren’t sure we were at the right place until we parked. There were lots of tables out side with just as many inside. We ate at a large lauter ton covered with a big copper top. It was designed with holes for frittes cones and we put those to use. The down side of this seat is that you have to order from the bar but the plus side is you get a view of the whole place.
The chalkboard only had three beers on it but they had 6 handles on the taps. I asked about the beers as there were no descriptions anywhere and they really only had 3 beers on tap. All three were pretty big beers with no bottles of any other beers. They had the famous triple with a limit of 2 per visit and the Old Dog Cru and the Black. After we hit our limit of triples we tried the Black. The bartender described it as a stout but it was not at all. The ODC was spice and very medicinal so it was hard to finish. I heard great things about the beer so I was a little let down but the selection and some of the quality.
The frittes were amazing. I would go back for more and they had a great selection of dipping sauces. Garlic aioli, blueberry ketchup, and sweet chili were perfect with the zesty seasoned fries. I got the pate sampler and the local cheese sampler and it was too much to eat. My friend had the meatball sandwich and it was a full meal with fries on top.
The food is solid and if the beer selections picks up this will really be a must stop every time we are close to Indy.
08-22-2007 02:08:49 |
More by rhoadsrage
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
On our way to Jackie O's this was a nice in the middle spot to stop on our trek, good job Alex...Pulled into a trendy looking part of Indy, the bar itself was also modern and trendy from the outside, and that carried inside as well. Lots of metal and neon artwork and and lights but it works. Copper covered tables are super unique and they have cool holes in the table for glasses of water or cones of fries...The bar had a selection of 6 brewery taps and about 4-6 guest taps of good stuff, Alpha King and Mikkeller included. Their selection of beer was varied, not all weak regular sessionals, and overall very good quality. Actually, some of the better brew pub beer in quality and taste that I've seen. The food as this place is top notch, everyone had a great meal. Belgian style food with mussels and fries dominating. The fries are really good, and they have about 10 awesome dipping sauces to choose from.
Super surprised this is an Indy brew-pub, one that fits more in with the Chicago culture. I would highly recommend this spot if you're driving through or live in town.
12-05-2010 22:58:33 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Technically in Broad Ripple, which is kinda like if Wicker Park and Iowa City had a baby. Very nice, very pretty neighborhood with ample parking. We visited around 6:30 on a Saturday and the place was packed.
It's tiered off into four sections--two outside and two inside. You can smoke upstairs inside but that's it. It's on the banks of a little creek, right off a bike path and would make a fantastic stop as part of a cycle tour of Indie.
The restaurant is pretty but not quite stylish. There are lots of neat little flares but they don't add up into anything coherent--copper tables, industrial-looking ceilings with exposed pipes, orange mall-store lighting around bristle dart board. This might be how restaurants look in Belgium. I dunno.
They only had two house beers on tap, but thankfully there were a halfdozen spectacular choices from other breweries, including Founder's Breakfast Stout! My only complaint is that there weren't any actual Belgians on tap. You could get Fantome, Chimay, and Dupont in bottles, but that was it.
The food was fantastic. Moule Frites with the mussels cooked perfectly in a safron/herbs de provence blend (you could choose from about a dozen different methods of preparation). The fries also come with your choice of about a dozen homemade sauces. Really great, communal bar food. There are few things I like more than sharing a bucket of dinner with someone I love.
It wasn't cheap but it also wasn't unreasonable. The service was a little slow, but like I said the place was packed so it wasn't a big deal. This is one of the nicest places I've been to since moving to Indiana.
09-20-2009 16:06:56 |
More by mynie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped at the establishment on a Tuesday evening at about 6PM. It was fairly crowded but we were promptly seated. The waitress explained the beers on tap, and our selection was made. Our food oreder was taken when the drinks arrived which also arrived in an appropriate time frame. The beer selection was limited (4 beers) but their quality was excellent. I was threre for the beer,(and to get a meal), but most of the people seemed to be there more for the food. Many of the patrons ordered the mussels and wine. The beers were great, the food was delicious, reasonably priced and served in perfect quantities. The waitress was attentive and seemed to know her beer. A great place to eat. Weel worth the stop if you are in the area.
05-03-2008 20:34:51 |
More by tgbljb
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