Evolution Craft Brewing Co. Public House
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Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
The wife and I first encountered Evolution when we met the owner, John Knorr, at Alewife in Baltimore and he suggested we visit the tasting room in Delmar and a beer festival organized by his Southern Boys Concepts company on the back of SoBo Bistro in Salisbury, where we met his brother Tom and had a blast.
Evolution has grown enormously since we first visited that tiny tasting room in Delmar staffed by the brewer's wife. Their new restaurant and tasting room in Salisbury is beautiful.
I love that they have a Tasting Room and a Brewpub/Restaurant. Let the families, babies and sports fans go to the main joint, and I'll go to the tasting room and quietly enjoy a pint with no TV's. The full food menu is available, and service was very attentive.
I love their happy-hour menu, including dollar oysters and deviled eggs plus six-dollar sliders. Their menu is short but offers plenty of deliciousness. We happened to stumble upon $5 burger day, and boy what a burger this is! Incredibly rare and beautiful.
Two days later we stopped again and had their dip trio, which includes crab (of course), beer-cheese and caramelized onion, with house-made pretzels. Beautiful! And filling. It made a meal for two.
I prefer the tasting room but the brewpub does have a full bar with some good bourbons and a view of the kitchen, which I like.
The only negative, believe it or not, was the beer! Natural Selection Genus #2 (aged in 4 Roses) was blah. Prelude Black was only OK. 12 taps overall, including Incubator 3 and 4, but none of the yummy bourbon-aged stuff I was looking forward to sampling. I did enjoy their Fall Migration (Chardonnay-aged Belgian) and the regular lineup. Rise Up Stout is a beautiful thing.
I will definitely come here when I'm in Delmarva. I love Evolution.
01-22-2014 18:29:06 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
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.
08-23-2013 18:35:51 | More by Slatetank
Evolution Craft Brewing Co. Public House in Salisbury, MD
94 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.