An event that hubs and I have been looking forward to for the past few month’s was this past weekend. The men and women of Hoosier Beer Geeks hosted the Craft Beer Meal that Comes Before Lunch (CBMTCBL). CBMTCBL is a beer tasting and brunch at the Brugge Brassiere, which hubs and I dined at recently when we purchased tickets to this event. The sold-out event had several tastings of some finely crafted brews, but also some fine tastes as well.
The tastes included some great cheese from Goose the Market (which I love after dining there – must go shopping soon for some more good eats) as well as one of the three meal options offered by Brugge. Selections included a German cheese & meat platter, a sweet potato & goat cheese crepe and the steak & eggs entree from their menu. Though all were tempting, you only get one to nibble on while sipping on your beverages.
I have posted a whole review on Entertaining Life Daily for those interested, but wanted to comment on the food a little here as well. This is to showcase how great some restaurants can be for events and specialized menus, as well as the service that we received.
Hubs and I both ordered the steak and eggs, and though I have already reviewed that dish, I just want to say it was once again fantastic. Perfectly cooked and seasoned well, the steak was delicious. Frites were also great as I dipped them into bleu cheese and hot curry. We were seated with two of our friends, one who ordered the German platter. Full of a variety of meats, cheeses (there was a mustard cheese that was utterly fantastic) and fruits, the platter looked great. I also got to taste a bite of the crepe (thank you Kristin!) and it was earthy and delicious. All the food was phenomenal, a perfect compliment to the great brews we were sipping.
The service was great – a few individuals serving up hot plates of delicious food and pouring beverages. It was a scattered service, but due to the entertainment and good conversations, it didn’t matter if you got the first or last dish. And I appreciated the server being honest. I love goat cheese and sweet potatoes and was heavily leaning towards the crepe for my dish, so I asked his opinion. He mentioned he didn’t try it, and though it looked good, he didn’t feel comfortable recommending it which is why I stuck with the delicious steak & eggs. Thank you to the kitchen for serving up consistent food. It is always great to get exactly what you expect in a dish you’ve had before.
Now, I don’t know all the logistics of the event, but I thoroughly enjoy local food meshing with local brews. I love going to these type of pairings, and luckily, Indy is always offering them up to those who choose to attend. And when you know the food is going to be good, it is always a treat.
Brugge Brasserie * 1011 E. Westfield Blvd. * Indianapolis, IN 46220 * 317.255.0978