We’re approaching the end of the 2017 football season, and soon, like the Teay’s River itself, it will be nothing more than a distant memory. You may ask what the Teay’s river is. Well, it was an ancient river in northern Indiana that was severely disrupted by the last ice age. It was comparable in size to the present-day Ohio River, but flowed across much of northern Indiana. Part of it ended up going through Tippecanoe County.
Even though this river is lost, it is making a comeback in the new Teay’s River Brewing, which will open in January in Lafayette:
Teays River Brewing & Public House will open at 3000 Ninth St., Lafayette, a location vacated by Walt’s Other Pub roughly five years ago.
The name, Teays River, is a nod to the ancient river that used to run through Lafayette and now serves as the city’s aquifer, providing drinking water and, more importantly, water with which to brew beer.
We don’t know a lot about this brewery yet, or even what they are going to brew (aside from beer, duh.). This is what they had to say about their brewing plans:
“We’ll brew across the board. … I plan to have beers on tap that will allow someone just cutting their teeth on craft beer to come in and enjoy a drink. I’ll also have something for the most experienced craft drinker,” Cook said.
Cook added he loves to experiment with beer and has brewed everything from a smoked beer, smoking his own grains, to a coconut cream ale.
“I like to experiment and throw weird stuff in beer,” he said.
May I suggest a “Hammered & Railed” beer: a smoked coffee porter perhaps?
Their website isn’t even published yet, but we’re happy to have them come to Lafayette. You can view more of what they are doing for their taphouse by visiting their Facebook Page. By the end of basketball season we can have them brew a nice Hammer Down Championship Ale for our 24th Big Ten championship.