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Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 1808
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 65.29.220.144
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 02:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just back from a visit to Indy. Stopped by Great Fermentations to see Anita Johnson ( hear the squeeking?) She directed us to Brugge Brasserie which is in easy walking distance ( along with Broad Ripple Brewing). They had sold out of the third place GABF winning trippel.

Only the double and pilsner were on tap. No tasting tray here so I obviously decided to go with the double. It had a highly phenolic aroma. It was deep garnet red with low head retention and little lace. There was a residual sweetness and an obvious alcoholic flavor. I found it very true to style.

The decor was a bit too trendy for my taste. SWMBO hated the ice tea. Said it tasted of poperiee (sp? thank you very much).

When in Indy, I can easily recommend the joint!

Dan Listermann

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Bill Pierce
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Post Number: 3700
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 02:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's in Paul Edwards' neighborhood, close enough that he can walk to it. I hope to stop there the next time I'm in Indy.
 

George Schmidt
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Username: Gschmidt

Post Number: 618
Registered: 08-2004
Posted From: 67.38.34.151
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 07:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"Only the double and pilsner were on tap."

Really? Wow, last time I was there they had a belgian pale, brown, and a wit, in addition to the two you had. I tasted them all and thought they were all pretty good. The wit was a little 'horsey' but decent.

They must be falling victim to their success. I've heard it's packed most nights. Maybe Todd can't brew it fast enough? I agree that the decor is questionable, but you must admit it fits in well with the Broad Ripple 'ambiance.'
Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ~~Robert A. Heinlein: The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 1817
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 216.23.59.226
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 09:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The decor is dead on for the area. I really like Broad Ripple's decor though. Strictly classic English. It is hard to believe that it was once an auto parts store.

Dan Listermann

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Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 794
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 01:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The dubbel is gone now, and a nice Biere de Garde took its place. Another tripel is in the fermenter, and will be put on "when it's ready"

I like the decor, personally, the light fixtures are nice hand-blown glass. The big round table in the bar area is a hot liquor tank that came with the used brewery equipment Ted (not Todd...) acquired.

The brewery is steam-fired, due to building restrictions.

Usually they'll have three of their own beers on tap, and maybe a guest beer of Belgian origin. And the food is a cut or two above the usual pub grub, and definitly better to my tastes than other neighborhood places.

As for Broad Ripple Brewpub, my wife and I helped with some of the construction back in 1989 or 1990 when it was being built. My wife stained and finished most all the woodwork in there. BRBP has expanded little bit, but they, too, can be a victim of their own success. Too many yuppies drinking the Lawnmower beer on weekend nights for me. The food menu is just OK to me, maybe because I ate there too often when they first opened.

And yup it was an auto parts store and auto repair garage way back when. The brewery area is where the garage was. I used to buy parts for my old Chevy Van there when I first moved to Broad Ripple back in 1977.
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 264
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.32.244.96
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 02:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"Said it tasted of poperiee (sp? thank you very much)."

"Potpourri." You're welcome. (Those Google guys deserve to be billionaires.)
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 795
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 70.236.18.222
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 05:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh, BTW, Dan, the Tripel de Ripple got a silver medal at GABF, not the bronze
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 1837
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 65.29.220.144
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 01:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We were in Indy today at Marion College for a soccer match. Marion lost, we won! Time percluded going to BRBP .
we had to be at an RV dealer in West Alxanderia, OH before closing.

Cool that you were in on the beginning of BRBP! I consider it to be a work of art.

I want to get to Alcatraz and Rock Bottom sometime too.

Dan Listermann

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Paul Edwards
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Post Number: 796
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Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 01:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The local Rock Bottom is better than some others in the chain I've visited.

Alcatraz is only so-so IMHO.

A block away is Ram, which is better for my tastes.

I helped brew a few batches at BRBP, when Ted Miller, now managing partner & brewer at Brugge Brasserie, brewed at BRBP back in the early to mid 90's. Ted & I did an Old Ale called Limping Mallard that was dynamite. You have to be a Broad Ripple denizen to understand the name...
 

Chris Vejnovich
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Post Number: 273
Registered: 06-2003
Posted From: 198.203.245.8
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 01:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey, I like the BRBP! I have only been there about 3 times over the last 4 years. The beer is better than some of the big chains like Rock Bottom IMHO. And the decor is very British pub like. I didn't get a chance to go to Brugge the last time the wife, child and I were in Indy. They are always closed on Sundays and they were closed with no sign indicating it on Labor Day. I wasn't too impressed with that. But I did sample thier beers at GABF and thought the Tripple was very good. The Pilsner was on the upper end of good/average IMHO.
 

Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

Post Number: 992
Registered: 06-2004
Posted From: 205.174.22.28
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 03:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have not been to BRBP since '97. At the time I was struggling to make ends meet so a $4.00 pint and a $7.00 Shepherd's Pie was all I could afford.

Now that my family has moved back to Ft. Wayne I think I will have to start flying Southwest into IND so I can drive to FWA. This should be a good opportunity to revisit BRBP and some of the other places that have left me with fond memories, like Shapiro's Deli and the natatorium @ IUPUI.
"I've been drunk for 14 years...my judgment isn't what it used to be."
 

Chet Nunan
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Username: Chet

Post Number: 86
Registered: 06-2004
Posted From: 64.179.41.70
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 03:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Geoff,

When you're in the Fort, you're welcome to stop in at one of our brew club meetings. 3:00 on the 2nd Sunday of each month at Mad Anthonys Brewing (formerly Munchie Emporium depending on how long ago you were in the area).
 

Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

Post Number: 993
Registered: 06-2004
Posted From: 205.174.22.28
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 05:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sweet! I love Munchie! I still have a couple of pint glasses from when they first opened the brewpub. I have never attended a homebrew meeting in my life, I might as well make my first one with a homebrew club in a city I don't live in!

I can't wait to go back to my old restaurants, I used to manage the kitchen at Casa D's North, and opened the Southwest store. Yes, I still have the dressing recipe memorized!
"I've been drunk for 14 years...my judgment isn't what it used to be."