Brugge Brasserie

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BEER AVG
3.88/5
Brugge BrasserieBrugge Brasserie
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1011A East Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46220
United States

(317) 255-0978 | map
bruggebrasserie.com

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Added by Indybeer on 04-19-2005

BEER STATS
Beers:
24
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
411
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
114
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
8.15%
 
 
Taps:
6
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 114
Reviews by woodychandler:
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5/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SomewhereInTheMiddle
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Odd spot. Doors downstairs were all locked, directions to use "north" door... which was apparently upstairs? Then after ordering a flight I attempted to sit at a table - all of which were empty - and was lectured that this was "table service" and that I was apparently infringing on someones service area. OK. I just wanted to sit in the sun. Beer selection is small but what I tried was solid quality. I didn't sample the food but it looked decent.

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Photo of fredmugs
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is probably the most disappointing place I have ever been to. I love Tripel de Ripple but all of the other offerings were horrible. The mood inside was very somber and depressing. The beers for Outlier were as bad as anything I have ever had.

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Photo of mayorQuimby
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Nctide
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Benjhilmer
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of neckbracesub
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Very good service. Beers were varied and there was a good selection. Food was very good.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

About 5 or 6 years ago, someone sent me a Triple de Ripple in a trade. Ever since then, I wanted to visit this particular spot, since the beer was quite nice. Decor is really quite nice, beautiful and quaint. Lots of attention to detail and a very clean and mature kind of place. Service was very nice. Since I was there for lunch I basically had the bar to myself. I talked a good bit with the owners and they are very nice people. Beer was good, although they had more beer from their second brewery, Outliers, than they did for BB. Two guest beers also. I wouldn't have minded a wider selection on the Belgian edge, but there was still plenty to have. Overall a very worthy stop and a visit I have been wanting to make for quite some time now.

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Photo of Joeyphunk
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

I love this place. I actually think the mussels And fries are better here than in Brugge Belgium!

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Nuggetz
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of sgrechukhin
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Some great food options- stick with mussels though. One great beer on tap- Pooka. Delicious. Everything else can be hit or miss.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Philvillani
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Nat1975
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Jerrynmidge
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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