Readers have been clamoring for a review of Teays River Brewing & Public House for a while, and friends have spoken highly of it. So when my mom came to visit a few weeks ago, I piled the family into the car and off we went. We were there on a Friday evening, and it was busy, but we didn’t have to wait for a table. The server was very attentive and brought our drinks out quickly.
I couldn’t decide which beer was the most appealing, so I took the server’s advice and ordered a Luscious Brown. The menu says it has a “smooth, luscious mouthfeel” (let’s be clear: my amusement was part of the reason I ordered it) and it was not lying. My mom ordered a cream ale, which was light and tasty — I ordered one for myself later. My wife ordered a Teays Punch. It was sweet, but you could still tell it was an alcoholic beverage. I ended up ordering the beer my server advised against — the Dirty Ol’ Town Irish stout. If you’re expecting something like Guinness, you will be disappointed. It’s much lighter than Guinness, but if you treat it like it’s own thing, it’s pretty good.
Both of my kids ordered a cheeseburger. I was worried because they tend to take a couple of bites and then be done. But these burgers were just the right size — slider-ish, let’s say — for my kids. Older kids might do better ordering from the regular menu. The burgers must have been good, because they disappeared pretty quickly. Their sides (applesauce for one and fruit cocktail for the other) were single-serve containers, which was a little disappointing considering how nice everything else was.
My wife ordered the pulled pork sandwich with house chips. She described the sandwich as “not quite North Carolina, but it’s darn good.” The barbecue sauce was on the tangy side, but mild. The cole slaw was also tangy, but not overtly vinegar-y. It was good, but tasted different in a way I can’t place.
My mom ordered the Angus steak burger with fries. It was juicy and well-dressed. I ordered a grilled tenderloin. It’s not quite the usual Indiana tenderloin that’s very thin and three times as large as the bun. This was thicker and smaller, which made it very juicy. The fries were tasty and well-salted, but not very warm.
Despite all the food and drink, I couldn’t leave without dessert. We ordered all of the different options: turtle cheesecake, baked s’mores, and lemon tarts. The cheesecake was good, if undifferentiated. The baked s’smore has several candy options. We went with Reese’s, which turned out to be a bit of a mistake — instead of large pieces, the candy was finely-crushed, so the chocolate was lost among the caramelized peanut butter, graham crackers, and marshmallows. The lemon tarts had a very buttery crust and a good lemony taste without being sour.
Kid Friendly: Yes
Location: 3000 S 9th St Ste A, Lafayette (map it)