Even though I was looking at two TVs that had the time in the corner I couldn’t help but check my cell phone to see how close it was to six. I was just so excited to try out the Syndicate, a collaboration between Evolution and of course DC’s newest brewery: 3 Stars.
Finally it started pouring…and pouring…and pouring. The amount of Syndicate that got poured led to Churchkey struggling to find enough glassware for it. This lead to each of my 4 pints being put in different types of glasses except for when Jason asked if it would be OK to use the same glass for two beers in a row.
The beer is great and absolutely perfect for summer. The Syndicate is very smooth and delicious for a saison. The peppercorns are a welcome touch but do not make it bitter in any way, they just give it a nice bit of oomph.
After my disappointment at Policy this event reminded me how amazing this week is going to be. Several great people from the DC beer community were on hand to toast the wonderful job 3 Stars and Evolution did with this beer.
I would just like to say congratulations to Dave Coleman and Mike McGarvey for starting out 3 Stars with such a great beer. They will be at many bars this week with the Syndicate and if you have time, seek it out and have a great conversation with these guys.
Draft magazine put out a list of 12 breweries to watch in 2011, including a few “local” breweries: Stillwater in Baltimore and Evolution Brewery in Deleware (aka Maryland East). I can clearly see why. Stillwater’s Statestide Saison is a really great effort. Evolution makes a number of great efforts too (e.g., Rise Up).
Shintern and I got to spend an hour with Mike from Evo Tuesday night, and I’m definitely going to keep my eyes on Evo this year. Mike shared with us a few things that Evo was planning for this year to get you excited. They are going to start bottling their whole Menagerie series and by next fall should be bottling the Rise-Up too. Mike also picked up a couple of firkins to fill and will be returning them to RFD at a yet to be released date with some great new brews (he just said they’d be filled whatever “interesting” beer they had at the time) for us to try. Stay tuned.