Photos and Story by Nick Carter
Let’s set the scene: There’s a nip in the air letting you know that winter has officially settled in. This means one sure thing: It’s basketball season in Hoosier Country. Game day is here and IU is set to go up against Purdue in what could casually be called a battle of epic proportions.
You’ve been pumped about this matchup since last year, and nothing could get your blood pumping more, except that your cable subscription does NOT include the one channel the game is being aired on. Frantic, you start calling your friends, hopeful that someone will have that much-needed cable channel.
“Nah, we only have basic.”
“I got rid of my cable years ago. Too expensive!”
“Netflix and brew, dude?”
Exasperated, you wrack your brain for a solution, and then it hits you: Brownie’s “The Shed” Grille & Bar, right in the heart of New Albany, will have the big game on plus so much more (and I’m not just talking about matchups).
Founders Keith and Jason Brown had always dreamed of a place where they could gather with their family and friends; a place that felt like home and memories could be made. They wanted to be able to sit back, have a beer, watch a game and enjoy some good food. Friends inviting friends and forming new relationships. What started out as an idea and a humble beginning eventually became reality when Brownie’s opened their first location 11 years ago in Louisville. Then, having achieved the reputation as “your closest home to home,” they decided to cross the river and opened the West Main Street spot in New Albany in September 2015, now with Neace Ventures owner John Neace and New York Jets offensive tackle Breno Giacomini on board.
In that short period, Brownie’s has become the go-to destination for the cable-rogue sports fan, or whoever just wants a solid meal and a good drink. Boasting more than 25 flat screen TVs, there is every possible cable package available, which means you can watch whatever games you want. The Sunday Ticket, Big 10, ESPN College GamePlan, you name it and they have it at Brownie’s. You can sit back and root for your favorite team and enjoy a drink from Brownie’s full service bar, featuring 20 beers on tap and also serving local favorites like Falls City and Old 502 Wines.
If you find yourself getting a little hungry by halftime, there is no need to worry because Brownies has you covered. With a full menu that is described as “your momma’s sports pub food,” there is surely something to please most everyone, from loaded burgers and spicy wings (with 10 different sauces, ranging from “Honey” to “Insane”) to lighter options like fresh-made salads and wraps, and even a few things for the vegetarians.
Classic items like the Maker’s Mark Burger, served with bacon and Swiss, and Pretzel Nuggets with Beer Cheese always hit the spot. There are also newer items on the menu, such as the Buffalo Chicken Flatbread Pizza. Wash it all down with a cocktail by bartender Jared, and you’ll be a happy camper.
In addition to the standard menu, Brownie’s has a rotating list of homemade plate lunches called the Daily Hot Plate. Items like homemade Meatloaf, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and the Fried Cod Fish Sandwich are certain to make anyone reminisce of days gone by and that special meal their momma used to make. Pop in for a late lunch and you’ll also be able to take advantage of Happy Hour, which takes place 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Hosting an event or needing a venue? Brownie’s features a boxed lunch catering menu that can accommodate parties of 25-200. Or, if you are needing a space for a party or meeting, take advantage of the on-site banquet area which can comfortably seat parties of up to 75 guests. While having fun with your friends, you can step out on the patio for a little cornhole match or start a game of volleyball on one of two sand volleyball courts, weather permitting, of course. They host both private parties and volleyball league matches, and feature live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Brownie’s “The Shed” Grille & Bar 822 W. Main St.
New Albany 812.920.0030
11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday *Be sure to take advantage of the Lunch Club and Brownie Points programs to win free food and gift certificates!