Read, drink, converse.
The new Books & Brews, 1551 N. Green St., Suite I, in Brownsburg invites its customers to do just that, and they provide a really fun and laid-back atmosphere to make it happen.
Located in a strip mall just north of I-74, my husband and I enjoyed a date night at Books & Brews recently learning about the book-themed local beers, talking and playing board games.
Here are my top 5 reasons you should check out Books & Brews, too.
1. The Books
As a book lover, I enjoyed the environment as the owners decorated Books & Brews primarily with large wooden bookshelves filled with used books for sale.They sell their books for only $3 and 10 percent of the profit goes to Indy Reads, which promotes adult and family literacy in Central Indiana.
Members of Books & Brews' Mug Club can also use Books & Brews as a lending library.
2. The Brews
Books & Brews brews its five main beers at its 96th Street location (Brownsburg is actually one of soon to be five locations in Central Indiana). The five beers include Cream & Punishment (a cream ale), Shogun Soba Ale (an amber ale brewed with buckwheat), Nancy Brew & The Hoppy Boys (a citra-hopped pale ale), Clifford the Big Red Ale (an Irish-styled red ale) and Charlie & The Chocolate Stout (a chocolate milk stout).
During our visit, I tried the Cream & Punishment, and it was great! I had an opportunity to talk with manager Shawn Powell, and he said Books & Brews also has a rotating guest tap, which they usually fill with another IPA.
If you love craft beer, you will definitely want to join Books & Brews' Mug Club, which is a one-time fee of $70. To see a list of Mug Club perks, click here.
3. The Food
Books & Brews' menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, naan flatbreads and desserts. Some of the most popular sandwiches are the Return of the King, a three-cheese grilled cheese and the Pig in the Iron Mask, which is filled with smoked gouda, aged cheddar and bacon.
Flatbreads include the Slaughter-house Five (with red sauce, salami, bacon, pulled pork and garlic salt) and the Dresden (with white sauce, capocolla, salami, onion, giardiniera, mozzarella and ghost pepperjack cheese).
Powell said all the ingredients are fresh and sourced locally. They also have pie and cheesecake to satisfy your sweet tooth!
4. The Fun
Books & Brews has fun entertainment lined up many nights throughout the week. They reserve Tuesdays for BINGO night, Wednesdays for trivia night, Thursdays for Open Mic night and live music fills Friday and Saturday nights.
One of the most popular nights recently has been FRIENDS trivia night. For more information about events, visit the Books & Brews Facebook page here.
5. The Family
While this may sound like adult-only entertainment because of the brews, Books & Brews provides a great spot for the whole family to gather. They boast what seems like an endless supply of board games, and kids eat free on Sundays and Wednesdays.
When we visited, we noticed several families talking and playing games. They even provide a TV set up for video games. Powell said they try to keep all of the entertainment "PG" so families can feel comfortable bringing their children.