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Evolution Craft Brewing Co. Public House

Not Rated.
Evolution Craft Brewing Co. Public HouseEvolution Craft Brewing Co. Public House
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.56%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

201 E Vine St
Salisbury, Maryland, 21804-5515
United States
phone: (443) 260-2337

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(Place added by: lackenhauser on 03-27-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Boone757, Oct 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Although I think the couple of Evolution brews I've sampled thus far are somewhat pedestrian, the Public House in Salisbury is an incredible establishment for dining out, while being engrossed by the craft beer scene. If you have a beer lover or are a beer lover and are in the area, its definitely worth a visit. Great facility.

bubseymour, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Vogt52, Aug 19, 2014
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DMc8ride, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Hop-o-saurus, Jun 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

tommyguz, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

StevenK708, Apr 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

DrBass, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

The wife and I first encountered Evolution when we met the owner, John Knorr, at Alewife in Baltimore and he suggested we visit the tasting room in Delmar and a beer festival organized by his Southern Boys Concepts company on the back of SoBo Bistro in Salisbury, where we met his brother Tom and had a blast.

Evolution has grown enormously since we first visited that tiny tasting room in Delmar staffed by the brewer's wife. Their new restaurant and tasting room in Salisbury is beautiful.

I love that they have a Tasting Room and a Brewpub/Restaurant. Let the families, babies and sports fans go to the main joint, and I'll go to the tasting room and quietly enjoy a pint with no TV's. The full food menu is available, and service was very attentive.

I love their happy-hour menu, including dollar oysters and deviled eggs plus six-dollar sliders. Their menu is short but offers plenty of deliciousness. We happened to stumble upon $5 burger day, and boy what a burger this is! Incredibly rare and beautiful.

Two days later we stopped again and had their dip trio, which includes crab (of course), beer-cheese and caramelized onion, with house-made pretzels. Beautiful! And filling. It made a meal for two.

I prefer the tasting room but the brewpub does have a full bar with some good bourbons and a view of the kitchen, which I like.

The only negative, believe it or not, was the beer! Natural Selection Genus #2 (aged in 4 Roses) was blah. Prelude Black was only OK. 12 taps overall, including Incubator 3 and 4, but none of the yummy bourbon-aged stuff I was looking forward to sampling. I did enjoy their Fall Migration (Chardonnay-aged Belgian) and the regular lineup. Rise Up Stout is a beautiful thing.

I will definitely come here when I'm in Delmarva. I love Evolution.

DoubleSimcoe, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

surfrogue1, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

BillRoth, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

I have been to the original tasting room in Delmar but wanted to check out the pubic house since they moved about 18 months ago. I happened to be in Delaware on Vacation so took the short drive to have lunch and enjoy some beers fresh from the source. We go to the public house about an hour after opening and were seated at the bar.

The bartender took our drink and appetizer order quickly and we were enjoying crab dip and I had an Incubator #2 while my wife had the pineapple coconut infused martini with orange. The crab dip was the best I have had, so cheesy yet full of crab and the garlic bread was soft yet crisp with parmesan dusting and went perfectly. The place was full but we were eating lunch(salad and burger with fries) pretty quickly after the appetizer was gone. They had 1/2 dozen year round and a couple seasonal beers on tap as well as a few collaboration/limited release beers on tap. They also have the option of limited cellar edition bottles available. I was able to check out the tasting room next door too, but there was no real difference in draft offerings. I took a Belgian Strong Pale to go in a growler which was brought back after hiatus called Prelude gold according the bartender.

I would recommend Evolution as the service, selection freshness of food and beer was top notch, the bathroom and dining are could use a little tidying, but in general the atmosphere is relaxed and stylish so I was able to feel at home while we were there. We went on Sunday so it was happy hour all day...we spent about half what I expected.

Slatetank, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%

Heading home from the beach. Boardwalk, Burley Oak and then Evo. First visit to the new brewhouse/public house. Open at noon or Saturdays.

Atmosphere: Big, darker, plenty of televisions, long bar on entrance, two separate rooms. An interesting place, I'd call it haute architecture for a brewpub. The secondary room, where we were seated, had three unisex bathrooms and a large triptych listing cheeses, beer, and charcuterie. The bar is well-stocked. On a dreary day it seems especially dark. The tasting room is right next door.

Quality: High-end menu, ample beer selection, mostly attentive staff. A step up from the old Bi-State location. I'd say that, like Troegs, Evo is shooting for the upper end of the craft beer spectrum.

Service: As I said, generally attentive. That attention slowed as the meal progressed and the restaurant got a bit busier. Overall though, I was happy.

Selection: This is where the ball leaves the park. A huge list that showcases Evolution but includes plenty of local and national names. A cocoa nib/vanilla bourbon barrel porter caught my eye - excellent choice. It would be very difficult to walk away unhappy. Plus the tasting room is right next door for certain growler fills (the bourbon porter, alas, was not a growler option).

Food: Decent food. My Thai wings lacked pizzazz - a thicker sauce with more heat would have been nice. Ksak's kimchee was good - spicier than my wings and excellent if not fishy. Extra grilled cheese sandwiches were perfect for sopping up the sauce there. Cheese and meat plates are plentiful - I would have taken that route if the young ones hadn't been in tow.

Evolution took their time and, I think, nailed it here.

akorsak, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of lackenhauser
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

The new home of Evolution-relocated from Delmar. Now an actual brewpub with food and all. The Tasting Room is right next door for just a pint or all your growler needs.

Inside the old ice plant. Long bar just inside the door-seats maybe 20 or so. Tall cafe tables in the bar area and another dining room adjacent. High ceilings-somewhat of an industrial feel.

Service has been good both times in the bar and the Tasting Room. Some familiar faces from the Delmar location.

Selection has been great so far. Almost the whole Evo line up in one place at once-HOORAY!!!! 2 guest taps as well. Another local Burley Oak from Berlin, outside Ocean City, and Heavy Seas Peg Leg Stout both times I was in.

An eclectic menu-spotlighting local foods whether it is fish, meat, dairy, vegetables, etc. The deviled eggs for an appetizer rock, as do the Thai chile steamed clams. Love the cheese board and freshly sliced cured meats available as a platter or "board" as well.

A great local addition and great to have Evo in a facility they are very deserving of. Price is reasonable, might seem high in spots, but for the quality it is right on in my book. Tasting Room seats maybe 15 at the bar with some high tables towards the back. 8 Evo beers were in there last Sunday. A barrel room and other parts of the brewery are slowly coming together. LOVE my new local!

lackenhauser, Apr 26, 2012
Evolution Craft Brewing Co. Public House in Salisbury, MD
94 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.