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5/5 rDev +20.8%
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
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4.75/5 rDev +14.7%
This is easily my favorite beer spot in Indy. It can get a little bit crowded but there's usually plenty of room in the upstairs bar. Brugge brews some of my favorite beers and the guest taps and bottle selection are always outstanding as well. Service is great. The staff is friendly and I rarely find myself waiting for anything. The food is every bit as good as the beer. Especially the crepes. Cuisine is a little bit different from what you might find at most pubs, but there's enough variety for most people to find something that they will enjoy.
This is a must-visit for any beer geek visiting Indy.
07-08-2014 23:30:42 | More by MeisterSmudge
4.14/5 rDev 0%
This review can be summed up with two sentiments: Triple de Ripple and Mussels. Brugge has a nice atmosphere including outdoor seating with a friendly wait staff. While there is a nice menu, the mussels and classic Belgian pomme frites with various aiolis and sauces are the real winner here.
While there tap list of Brugge beers is typical small, the quality is very good. There is also an impressive bottle list of Belgians, Sours, and harder to find local stuff. It is a bit pricey, but for the quality is a fair deal.
Take a friend, split a pot of mussels and some fries and suck down a couple Triples for me!
06-19-2014 18:32:31 | More by Jho3325
Brugge Brasserie in Indianapolis, IN
92 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.