Southern Indiana Eats 'n Treats - Feature June/July 2017: Rail's Craft Brew & Eatery


            When history and great dining come together, you get Rails Craft Brew and Eatery. Rails was first established in Seymour, Indiana but has since found a home for a second branch in Clarksville at the historic “Montrose” on Lewis and Clark Parkway. David Lawrence, the owner of Rails, is said to have been fascinated with the old building which gave him more incentive to house another Rails in Southern Indiana.The name “Rails” comes from their Seymour location which is located at a building in the center of town. The building in Seymour was built at the exact point where the east to west and north to south train tracks intersect, otherwise known as the Crossroads of America!

            With such a captivating history, you already know that Rails Craft Brew and Eatery is special, but what you might not know is the food on their menu is made from recipes that were specifically created for Rails. You don’t find that very often! Many of their meals are made fresh in house as well. One of their most popular meals can be found in the seafood section of their menu – Maryland Crab Cakes. The crab cakes are hand-breaded daily and as stated by Benita Conn, the Event Coordinator at Rails, “it’s more crab than breading.” More crab meat and less breading means a better taste. The Maryland Crab Cakes can also be ordered as an appetizer, in case you’re in the mood to share. Another popular dish is their Hot Brown, with Clarksville being so close to Kentucky, most locals have grown up eating the classic Kentucky dish and love it all year-round and not just during Derby time! Although the Hot Brown isn’t on their regular menu, Rails offers their Hot Brown on Tuesdays as a daily special. Rails also offers steaks, ribeye and sirloin, which are cooked fresh, to your liking. Rails does have a kids’ menu for family dining. Don’t let the Craft Brew in their name fool you – they don’t brew their own beers, however, don’t let that stop you from ordering a craft beer from their selection. All their craft beers are brewed right here, in Indiana, so you are still drinking local! Their craft beers are from Indiana breweries supporting the local brewers!

            Along with their daily specials, Rails also offers drink specials.  On the third Wednesday of every month, Rails has their Wine Down Wednesday. They host a winery at their restaurant from 6:30-8:30 pm where they pair the wines with meals from the menu.Every Wednesday is Wine Down Wednesday with $10 flights of wine all day. On the third Thursday of each month, Rails offers Thirsty Thursday, where a Brewery Representative comes in and discusses the making of their brew and brings some “swag” to giveaway, 7- 9:00pm! Every Thursday is Thirsty Thursday featuring a specific craft beer or brewery with $5 pints all day long!

            David is very community oriented, he and Benita Conn (Event Coordinator) are always trying to think of events to bring the community together. In April and May, they hosted two ALS “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” events both which benefitted the ALS foundation. Be sure to keep an eye out on their Facebook page for upcoming summer events. Rails in Clarksville will be celebrating their first anniversary at the Montrose on July 27th and they are going to be planning something big, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

Many people in the Southern Indiana community may associate the “Montrose” with event hosting. Rails has continued the tradition of hosting events such as class reunions, graduation parties, bridal and baby showers and especially rehearsal dinners. Be sure to call them for your next party! Don’t let the event hosting and the outside appearance of the Montrose make you think that Rails has a fancy or upscale dress code, Benita wants people to know that Rails is a Casual-American restaurant.

Whether you are looking for a place to host your next party or just looking for a good place to have a date night this weekend, Rails Craft Brew and Eatery has you covered! Head on over for a delicious bite to eat or just to have a drink at their full –service bar with 40+ craft beers to end the week. With a welcoming environment and a beautiful outdoor patio, Rails is the spot to go!

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02 Jun 2017


By Courtney Miller
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