One (possibly the only) good thing about the arrival of winter weather is the coinciding arrival of winter seasonal beers at local breweries in and around Ocean City, Maryland. On November 5, Evolution Craft Brewing Company, in nearby Salisbury, released its annual winter ale, ‘Secret Spot,’ along with the 4th brew in its ongoing Incubator series. These releases were unveiled at the Oyster/Beer dinner at Evolution Public House on November 5, and will continue to be on tap through the winter months, or until the kegs are kicked.
Secret Spot is a nod to the classic altbiers of Dusseldorf. It is dark amber in color with a full, toasty malt profile that is countered by generous additions of German Hops for bitterness. Secret Spot is well balanced with floral and malty undertones and an assertively hopped finish, making it a complex, but approachable beer that is perfect for sipping to shake off the chill of winter.
Incubator #4 is an oyster stout inspired by the seafood bounty of the Eastern Shore in the fall and English stouts of the 19th century. Incubator #4 is a true Eastern Shore seasonal ale, brewed with HM Terry Sewansecott oysters added 10 minutes before the end of boil. This rich, roasty stout is brewed with flaked oats for a smooth body, and a light addition of earthy English Fuggles hops that plays off the subtle brine note from the oysters. Full bodied and lightly sweet, this stout is an approachable blend of Eastern Shore seafood and English brewing traditions.
What better way to enjoy one of Evo’s newest beers than by further treating your taste buds with Public House’s new menu options, featuring locally and seasonally inspired creations. With scratch-made, gastropub selections such as roasted pumpkin bisque, Kobe beef meatloaf, and crab carbonara, you are sure to find the perfect dish to compliment your pint of choice.
Make sure you stop by Public House or the tasting room to enjoy these latest releases from Evolution Craft Brewing Company while supplies last. Also, be on the lookout for Evo beers in the cooler of your favorite beer store around the mid-Atlantic region. To locate Evolution beers around you, click here.