On January 4th Two Stones Pub continued its tap take over series with Delaware’s relative newcomer, Evolution Brewing. Evolution sprang up in Delmar, Delaware when Tom and John Knorr brought in Boston brewmaster Geoff DeBisschop and quickly built up a brewing line that produces about 3500 barrels a year according to their website. On this evening, Tom Knorr showed up to hang out with craft beer lovers and showcase 12 of Evolution’s finest. And the dogs were there. Chuck and I arrived around 5, with The Beer Goddess and Tracey joining us shortly after. After a bit we were joined by Patrick from Beer Delaware and the evening got rolling.
I started with a mug of Lucky 7 porter. I love porters, and this is a nice one with its chocolate tones. Next I had a Secret Spot. From what I gathered this is a tap only winter beer. Pity, because this malty beer with a light floral hop ending was very good! I hope one day it will make its way into bottles, because I’d take it to some Christmas parties for sure. Next up was Menagerie #3, a scotch ale blend where part of the blend is aged in bourbon barrels for 6 months. You should know by now that I’m not a fan of the whole “bourbon barrel” craze. Mostly because I feel a lot of brewers are heavy handed with it. But if any beer style was meant to marry well with a touch of bourbon sweetness and smokiness, I believe that it’s scotch ale – and this was a nice one. The bourbon flavor was evident amongst the maltiness of the the ale which included some nice vanilla notes. After that it was time to switch up a bit so I ordered a glass of what Evolution brought on cask – Lot #6, dry hopped with Williamette and Chinook hops. This can only be described as a mouthful of hops, and it indeed cleaned my palate of the dark beer I’d just had. Next up was Morning Wood, an oatmeal stout with coffee aged in bourbon barrels. Yes, there was those damn barrels again and coffee, another flavor I’m not fond of. But this was pretty tasty. All the flavors balanced well together and brought out the best of each other. I’d have this again. Maybe bourbon beers are growing on me. Nahhhhhh.
When talking to Tom Knorr it was obvious that he was proud of his product and happy to see Two Stones packed with craft beer lovers enjoying Evolution’s line of beers. When I asked him about the brewery’s up coming move to Maryland, Tom didn’t seem too phased by the prospect. “We’re just moving down the road a bit,” he said with a sly smile. Sounds good Tom, as long as we can still get your beers here in Delaware.
Time for another beer.