By: Taylor Seidel, Columnist
The Nickel Taphouse, located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood at 1604 Kelly Avenue, was the host of an Evolution Craft Beer brunch. The event focused on locally crafted beers paired with some brunch favorites.
Evolution Craft Brewing Co. calls Salisbury, Maryland home and was started by two brothers, John and Tom. Tom had a passion for craft beer while John had a passion for food. Evolution has a series of craft beers featured at many restaurants and liquor stores throughout Maryland.
The Nickel Taphouse was featuring a series of Evolution craft brews. My favorite off the list was the Evolution Primal ($6), a slightly hoppy pale ale. Another popular brew was the Evolution Lot #6 ($7.50) a double IPA with an alcohol percentage of 8.5%.
Now, by no means do I consider myself a beer expert but I must say these tap brews were great. I was weary at first ordering a beer before noon on a Saturday, but pairing these beers with some locally sourced oysters on the half shell was the perfect start to a Saturday brunch.
The brunch food itself was great. All items were served a la carte off of the brunch menu and I started with a dozen oysters on the half shell (market price). Eggs benedict are my go-to when it comes to brunch, and every benedict comes in a different or unique style depending on the restaurant. Nickel Taphouse’s eggs benedict ($13) was perfect, with poached eggs, pork roll, grilled tomatoes and a velvety hollandaise sauce.
Also ordered at the table were the huevos enchiladas ($11), an egg burrito with green and red salsas on top. The crispy challah French toast ($10) looked amazing with a lemon cream cheese filling, definitely big enough to share.
The brunch was great and the seafood fresh and tasty and the Evolution beer paired perfectly with the brunch offerings. Make your way to Nickel Taphouse for some great food and an extensive tap beer list.
Hope you all enjoy. Until next time. I wish you GoodEats!
Edited by Jared Kurlander.