Nine Irish Brothers Features Great Live Entertainment, Music and Food

waitressobryansHappening Now!  Planning a stay in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana area? Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana is sure to satisfy. Right now the locals are talking about Nine Irish Brothers, a restaurant where visitors can sit back, relax and listen to great music.

Looking for great live entertainment, music and food?  Nine Irish Brothers is the place to visit!  It is a gathering place of friends and co-workers, family and teammates, and visitors alike, who can sit back, enjoy a pint of Guinness and eat traditional Irish fare.  And (bonus!) there are two locations, one in Lafayette, Indiana, and the original restaurant in West Lafayette, Indiana, on the Levee.  Each weekend a different band (many local favorites) play to a packed restaurant buzzing with energy!

Goat Cheese

Goat Cheese Fritters

There are so many wonderful menu items at Nine Irish Brothers that it is hard for me to share only a few that I recommend.  But if I had to pick my ultimate favorites I would suggest their Goat Cheese Fritters as my appetizer pick. Four generous fritters deep-fried to a golden brown, served on a bed of field greens with a light drizzle of raspberry vinaigrette. Definitely share this appetizer, as it is really rich!! Now onto the main dish. If you are at an Irish restaurant, traditional Irish food is a must. With this said, you cannot go wrong with ordering Baby Jer’s Guinness Stew, a hearty portion of their homemade stew, featuring slow-simmered Angus beef pot roast, vegetables, and a hint of Guinness Irish Stout broth, topped with champ mashed potatoes. Save room for dessert! Embark on Judy’s Irish Whiskey Creme Brulee, a delectable creme brulee wrapped in warm cinnamon-bun bread, with a light drizzle of our sweet Irish whiskey sauce. Delicious!

Past Social Media Contest Winners enjoying Nine Irish Bros.!

Past Social Media Contest Winners enjoying Nine Irish Bros.!

This past summer, two of our closest friends got married at Purdue University.  They had their rehearsal dinner at Nine Irish Brothers.  It was such a fun, yet relaxing atmosphere.  The Irish food was hearty, the beer was dark and rich, and the music was uplifting.  It was an evening where people came together to celebrate the joining of two lives in a positive, enjoyable environment.  And to top off the evening, the wait-service was great!  (I always say, the food can be exceptional, but if it is served with a frown then it makes the taste below par.)

To visit Nine Irish Brothers and other great restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

O’Bryan’s Nine Irish Brothers Pub

IMG_5768O’Bryan’s Nine Irish Brothers Traditional Irish Pub serves up traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting. With locations in both Lafayette and West Lafayette (West Lafayette being the original), everyone has a chance to sample of of their delicious, hearty food. In addition to the charming wooden interior, with most of the decor coming straight from Ireland, handpicked by the owners, the restaurant also features outdoor patio seating. The thought of enjoying a glass of Guinness in the open-air lures in many passerby.

The mood at Nine Irish is always high-energy. Servers (some dressed in kilts) will make sure your cup is always toIMG_5773pped off with your favorite frosty beverage or amber-colored whiskey. Nine Irish has a wide selection of beer, whiskey, wines and draughts. Some of these beverages, like Guinness are deviously added to some of the lip-smacking menu items, such as the Guinness Stew. The stew is a combination of slow-simmered beef, Angus pot-roast and of course, a dash of Guinness Stew. My personal favorite menu item is the warm, crispy, battered fish, served with a side of pub chips, and a cup of lobster bisque. The bisque makes for a decadent, rich appetizer. I highly recommend this dish if you’re looking for a great place to get fish n’ chips.

Every dish at Nine Irish has an unique flavor combination that artfully combines the recipes of old with some modern inspirations. Nine Irish proudly serves several Irish-American classics like, Bobby’s Corned Beef and Cabbage. This plentiful portion of slow-cooked, melt-in-your mouth corned beef and steamed cabbage is heaped over a mess of champ-mashed potatoes. Whatever you decide to try at Nine Irish Brothers is sure to please your palate. A warm, full-belly of delicious Irish-American fare is a guarantee when you visit O’Bryan’s Nine Irish Pub.

Beef Manhattan

For those of you who are wondering where the name comes from too… it’s an interesting story. The family is originally from Cork (hence the Irish theme) and Jerry O’Bryan, the principal owner of Nine Irish Brothers is the youngest of nine boys. He also has 5 sisters and honors them with an inscription above the bar that says: “& Five Irish Sisters”. To read more about the family visit their website: http://www.nineirishbrothers.com/family-history

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NCAA Final 4 at Lafayette Brewing Co.

Lafayette Brewing Company- OutsideHappening Now!  Right now the locals are talking about Lafayette Brewing Company, where diners can drink world-class, brewed ale while sitting back and watching their favorite teams compete.

The NCAA Final 4 competition is taking place this weekend and fans are ready to cheer and holler as 4 teams fiercely battle to take home the 2014 NCAA Tournament trophy.  We are all ready to see who wins and how well each of us does in our personal bracket competition. Four years ago, (and you may think I am crazy, my husband thought I was), I choose Butler versus Purdue as my final 2 teams.  I am an Indiana girl, through and through, and I always choose Indiana teams.  Sadly, Purdue did not make it to the final round, but Butler did!  And I got 2nd place out of 30 competitors!  I can always count on my Hoosier state basketball!

This year, sadly no Indiana teams are in the competition, but we are still excited to watch this annual event.  Lafayette Brewing Company is the perfect place, not only to watch, but also to eat delicious food and drink fresh handcrafted ales brewed in the Old World tradition. Their ales are produced from only the finest malted barley, generous amounts of fresh hops, water and specially selected ale yeasts. They complement their menu that encompasses pub food at its best.  From their Bavarian beer nuggets, cheddar ale soup (a house specialty), Armenian chicken pita, bison burger (made from Indiana-raised, grass-fed, organic American bison), there is not a pub selection to be missed.

SONY DSCAs my husband would say, “Beer in hand, burger in the other, and college basketball on a big flat screen TV, how could life be any better!”  Lafayette Brewing Company is the place where life is at its best.  The atmosphere is fun and laid back.  The servers are friendly and upbeat.  I recommend going here for more than just sporting events.  They have great musical artists and comics that perform all year long, along with pool tables, foosball and darts.

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy.  For more information about this restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

The Pint – Experts on Craft Beer

Drink at the Pint

Drink at the Pint

I recently discovered our local experts on craft beer at The Pint. If you enjoy the occasional beer or if you are a beer enthusiast then you MUST stop into The Pint in West Lafayette, Indiana.

This isn’t your average bar or restaurant for that matter. It’s all about the beer. The pint has up to 15 taps of craft beer that rotate constantly.  They have some of my favorite beers from our local People’s Brewing Company on tap as well. If your pallet isn’t geared toward craft beers, they also have some bottles of your favorite domestic beers.

The beer is the main event at The Pint. They don’t have a kitchen. However, they have an open food policy. This is the first place I have been to in town with this kind of policy. Basically, you bring in food or have it delivered from anywhere you want. You can even bring in food from home. (Note: The Pint asks that if you bring food from home that you not share it with others.) You can enjoy your meal and pair one of their craft beers with your meal.

Drink Board at the Pint-3If you aren’t sure what beer you’ll like or if it will pair well with your food, you can ask your server or the bartender. They really know their beer! Another way to try a variety of beers The Pint has to offer is to order a flight of 4oz beers.

When I first walked in and sat down at the bar, I looked up at their board of beers currently on tap. There were a variety of beers to choose from and a majority I haven’t tried or knew existed. The Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans caught my eye from the Stone Brewery Co. in Escondido, California. This beer was exquisite! It was made with whole Madagascar Vanilla Beans. The vanilla flavor surprising worked well with the malty, chocolaty, coffee-like flavor.

Beer Milkshake at the Pint-3Another unique menu item you can find at The Pint is their beer milkshake.  They take a pint of your beer choice and mix it with a couple scoops of my local favorite Silver Dipper ice cream. I must admit I was hesitant about this at first, mixing two of my favorite flavors, beer and ice cream!? I chose People’s Brewing Company, Mr. Brown Nitro and had them add a couple scoops of Silver Dipper’s vanilla ice cream. The result was a chilled, creamy version of Mr. Brown Nitro. When I go back to The Pint, I will definitely have to try this combination with another beer!

If you are going to visit The Pint, keep in mind there is free parking in the garage behind the storefront. You can access the garage from South River Road (US231) on the right.

What awesome flavor to add to our unique community!

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Chumley’s – Football & Food Madness!

IMG_0731Happening Now!  Right now, the talk around town is about spending an afternoon or evening with friends cheering on our Purdue football team and/or Indianapolis Colts at Chumley’s Pub in Lafayette, Indiana, while snacking on loaded nachos and burgers!

I am so excited for this upcoming weekend!  My husband’s best guy friends from college and their wives or girlfriends are coming for the weekend.  They are traveling from all over the Midwest to spend the weekend with us and to tailgate and attend the Purdue football game against the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday.  They will all arrive Friday evening, and to follow tradition, we will all head to Chumley’s to eat pub food, catch up on everything new going on in each other’s lives, and watch sports.

IMG_1452Chumley’s holds a special place in my heart because it was the location where I met all my husband’s friends.  It was a great place to relax and get to know everyone, and I have come to truly love all his college buddies.  Chumley’s also has great food!  My husband and I go loco over their nachos.  We get them loaded and ask for double the amount of the cheese.  The only critical part is deciding if we want chili or chicken nachos.  Both are fabulous!

Burgers and beers are another part of Chumley’s that make it a “hot spot” in Lafayette!  With a selection of over 25 burgers, 50 beers on tap and 100 beers bottled, guests have many options to choose from.  Our friends like to think of themselves as “beer” aficionados, and they always try diverse beers that personally I have never heard of (but I am a beer novice!).  I know if they lived here they would join the Chumley’s Pub Passport Club, where visitors can sample 50 different beers from around the world and earn a Beer Club t-shirt and their name behind the bar.  They may have actually done this in college. I will have to ask this weekend!

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy.  For more information about this restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Live music every weekend at Knickerbocker Saloon, Indiana’s Oldest Bar!

Happening now!  Looking for live music that will rock your socks and get your feet a swaying?  Every weekend a special head-lining band performs at Indiana’s “oldest bar”, the Knickerbocker Saloon, to provide its guests an evening of musical entertainment and fun.  Join locals and visitors as they gather together for camaraderie, delicious beer and great music.

Rock n’ Roll, the Blues, Country; the Knickerbocker Saloon offers this and more!  I personally love “Blues” music and the Knickerbocker Saloon features bands that can make your heart fill heavy and full one moment and light and airy the next with just the rhythm of sounds from the instruments.  Add in the friendliness of the servers, the comradeship of the visitors, and a beautiful bar; makes for the creation of a memorable night at the Knickerbocker Saloon.

If you enjoy tasting a diverse range of beers the Knickerbocker Saloon features over 80
specialty, craft, & import beers. They feature local beer made by People’s Brewing Company in Lafayette, Indiana. They offer everything from pale and amber ales to more robust stouts.  It is a beer lovers dream!
The Knickerbocker Saloon is a famous landmark in Lafayette as it is Indiana’s oldest bar.  It was established in 1835 as the “Cherry Wood Bar” of the Lahr Luxury Hotel, and issued Indiana’s first liquor license.  The “Cherry Wood Bar” was later renamed the Knickerbocker Saloon in 1874 when the areas first player piano was introduced. (Music has been a very important player in creating the bar into what it is today!) The Knickerbocker boasts a guest list including; President Grant, Mark Twain, Al Capone, and even Neil Armstrong!

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this bar and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Star City Coffee and Ale House

Star City Turkey Panini

Happening Now! Ale and coffee; combined makes a powerful connection. Right now, the talk around town is about a new hip and fresh restaurant, Star City Coffee and Ale House, that just opened this past December serving fresh brewed coffee and local brews. Visitors pick up a cup of java, as well as fresh muffins, cupcakes, panini pressed sandwiches and more.

What is better than starting the day off with a cup of coffee? The answer could possibly be ending the day with a glass of espresso coffee beans ale. Star City Coffee and Ale serves an “Agent Oats Coffee Stout” from People’s Brewing Company that is infused with their own espresso coffee beans. I personally am not a big beer drinker, but add a little espresso, and it makes me happy! I get more excited about their “Pourover“, which is a coffee brewed in their regular French press. French pressed coffee is a savory in my life. It is so smooth, refreshing, and awakening.

Lunchtime is the perfect time to head to Star City Coffee and Ale to order one of their five panini pressed grilled sandwiches with fresh fruit, and pita or sun chips. The “Star City Turkey” is already one of my favorite sandwiches; it is filled with garden herb turkey, cream cheese, basil, tomato, smoked mozzarella and chives. The panini grill toasts the bread to the perfect crispness, and the cheeses all melt and blend together with the turkey and herbs to create a delicious sandwich. It is one of best panini’s I have ever eaten!

If you are in the mood for a sweet treat their cupcakes are amazing. The hardest choice is choosing which flavor between chocolate buttercream, strawberry with strawberry icing and white chocolate, Italian cream with cherry and dark chocolate or strawberry cream cheese. (Please note these were the flavors they had on the day of my visit.) A chocolate lover at heart, I could not pass up choosing the chocolate buttercream cupcake, which was moist, light and airy and had a decadent icing. I was happily surprised to find extra icing in the middle of the cupcake! The owner shared that a local lady from Battle Ground, Indiana, bakes these delicious treats and will soon be opening her own shop in Battle Ground.

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

People’s Brewing Company

Specialty Hand Crafted Indiana Brews; Good Local Owners; One Great Brewing Company, People’s! People’s Brewing Company is a hidden gem in Lafayette-West Lafayette. Guests pull up to what is an old loading dock, and within its space is a fun, relaxed bar where locals and visitors enjoy a fresh brew while sharing their day’s stories.

This past week I made my first visit to People’s Brewing Company with my good friend and co-worker, Marlene. When I walked in the door my senses came alive from the instant comfort and welcome of the setting. The only word I can share that I feel fits as a good description is “relaxed”. Everyone was smiling and chatting and having a nice time. It reminded me of a bar you would see in Ireland or England where locals go to unwind after a long day of work and where visitors go to “feel like a local“.

Chris Johnson, People’s Brewmaster, gave us a tour of the brewery and the brewing process. He showed us examples of the different malted barley used, and I was surprised to learn how some barley is roasted like coffee. People’s offers free tours Wednesday through Friday by appointment and Saturday and Sunday every half hour. Note the photo to the right. Can you tell which barley is roasted?

Cheers!

Towards the end of the tour, Marlene and I were offered the “sample set” to try out the diverse selections of beer. Marlene best describes the sample set (which included 6 beers) as, “1. Rauch- had a nice smoky flavor. 2. Wheat- light tasting and crisp. 3. Mr. Brown Nitro- was my favorite. It was a darker malt and is infused with Nitrogen. 4. Mr. Brown- darker malt little more kick and is infused with CO2. 5. Batch 100- had a taste that I couldn’t place. We later found out that this beer was brewed with black strap molasses which gave it a nice flavor. 6. IPA- had an amber color and was very hoppy.”

Make sure you stop by People’s Brewing Company if you are in the area. Please note Wednesday is “growler refill day for $6/$9SB” and Thursday is “pint day for $2.50”. People’s has also expanded their space and added an additional room for visitors to enjoy. If you can’t make it to the local tasting room, try one of their beers on tap at some of our local restaurants; Chumley’s, Black Sparrow, Bistro 501, Spurlocks and many more. For more information about this specialty brewery and other beer and wine attractions within Lafayette-West Lafayette visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

River City Grapes & Hops Fest & St. Boniface German Fest

Weekend Update!  Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway?  Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by?  Check out the endless possibilities for fun and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Moses Fowler House

This Saturday, September 8, join in the merriment at the “River City Grapes & Hops Fest” taking place in Lafayette.  Visitors can taste products from local breweries and wineries on the grounds of the beautiful Moses Fowler House. There will be music and food along with local hobby groups sharing their interest and passion for home brewing and wine making along with other experts. You can roam the interior of the historic Moses Fowler House to see displays on some of the early Lafayette breweries which will include artifacts from the Tippecanoe County Historical Association’s permanent collection and private collectors. An auction will also be held providing an opportunity to purchase wine and brew themed items. A main highlight of the auction will be an original painting by Hilary Eddy on a growler bottle.

After your afternoon of wine and beer tasting, visitors can head over to the “St. Boniface German Fest.” It will be an evening of fun for the entire family!  There will be German food, soft drinks, deserts, beer tents, a wine garden, amusement rides, a casino, and more. A 12 piece band from Indianapolis, the famous “Polkaboy,” will be playing a wide range of music.  Is anyone as big of a fan as I am of this band?  “Polkaboy” is a band that literally make you want to jump up from your seat and dance and sing all night long.  They are funny and make your heart light with merriment.  Do not miss a night of amazing food and dancing at the “St. Boniface German Fest.”

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

1st Annual Beers Across the Wabash and Uptown Jazz & Blues Festival

Uptown Jazz & Blues Festival

Weekend Update!  Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway?  Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by?  Check out the endless possibilities for fun and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This is the weekend of festival fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette!  On Saturday, August 25, from noon to 4pm, come out to taste an assortment of ales and lagers from 30 Indiana Breweries during the 1st Annual Beers Across the Wabash.  D&R Market, Lafayette Optimist Club, Sgt. Preston’s and Big Cheese will be providing delicious food to partake while sipping your beer.  There will be seminars featuring beer and chocolate and cheese that will be educational and entertaining.  Visitors can enjoy the beautiful view of the Wabash River as they stroll across the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge.

After tasting the diverse beer selections, walk down to 5th and Main Street, downtown Lafayette, for the Uptown Jazz & Blues Festival taking place from 4pm to midnight. There will be three stages of hot jazz and cool blues along with delicious tastings from local eateries.  Not only can you rock to the music, but folks usually cannot help but sway and dance to the tunes.  (My husband had to pull me off the dance floor two years ago!)

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com