Sunday 29th of January 2012 05:05:40 PM link
Mother Earth, who gives us water, barley, yeast and hops so some of us can make beer; the rest of us can drink it.
Mother Earth Brewing does Mother Earth proud!
On a sunny, Southern California day wife Persimmon and I ventured out to partake of our favorite hobby; visiting local breweries / brewpubs and sampling the wares. We are always aware that our meanderings might find us in out-of-the-way dives, drinking god-awful beer. We are also very cognizant of the fact that, at the end of our "hike", we'll encounter a wonderful waterfall where we can sit a-spell and rest.
Mother Earth filled the bill perfectly on this Saturday in January 2012.
Located in an industrial park, the tap-room is in the brewery itself and on this particular day, owner Dan had an awning set up just outside in the sun with up-turned cable wire rounds for tables and plastic chairs, with a hole thoughtfully cut out in 1 arm that, strangely enough, was just the right size to accomodate a pint glass.
10 beers on tap, $2 for each sample, popcorn machine to clean the palate, rock n' roll posters everywhere, people of all shapes, sizes and age and all enjoying their favorite brew.
We sampled from light to dark, from 20 IBU's to 85, from blonde to dark and oily. We had our favorites, of course, but none where so oft-putting that we couldn't drink. The best of the bunch this day were the Por Que No Imperial Brown and Cali infused with vanilla. A man at the bar nudged me as I ordered and recommended the Hop Diggity Double IPA. "Why?" I asked. "Because," he replied, "I pour here and it's the freshest on tap right now." And he was right! The IPA flavor got lost with too much hop impact (as do most IPA's) but the Double was supremely blended and balanced. Now I'm not an IPA fan. Having lived in Washington State for 20 years and spent a coupla visiting each and every brewery / brewpub there, a competitive spirit has arisen with regard to IPA's. As a result, they have sacrificed taste for bitterness. As another gentleman told me at the bar, "I've brewed beer and was a committed IPA lover but the hops have burned me out! \ But this beer was just damned good!" Yes, sir...it certainly was.
Mother Earth was the 3rd in a list of 3 to visit on this day. The other two were very disappointing in both atmosphere and taste. They lacked both. When we discovered Mother Earth around 3 in the afternoon, we sampled, sighed heavily, scooped out our fair share of popcorn, found a place outside, put our feet up, closed our eyes and felt the "waterfall" cascade down our dry throats.
A lot of people have apparently found Mother Earth and may be regulars.
Become one of them!
You will not be sorry.
Selection: 5 |
Atmosphere: 5 |
Service: 3 |
Wednesday 27th of April 2011 09:22:08 PM link
Mother Earth is a family owned brewery and brew supply store--the owner's son-in-law, wife, and brother are all involved in the operation--and inhabited by a regular stream of locals, but at the same time welcoming to new visitors. They're beer selection and price is about as good as you'll find at a microbrewery. They've got about 10 regularly shifting beers on tap that are a mix of their own brews (the Crucible black ipa is one of my favorites) as well as a few favorites from neighboring breweries like Stone. It's $2 for an 8 oz and $4 for a 16oz, with growlers available. Their tasting room is only open Thursday through Sunday but that's probably a good thing cuz otherwise you'd be there every day of the week. Aside from their awesome beer, the best thing about Mother Earth is the atmosphere. The brewery is decorated with band posters, tapestries, and a shelf of growlers from other breweries that have been confiscated (and exchanged for one of their own) when mistakenly brought in. The white board beer menu, simple decorations, and plastic chairs give them the feel of a new small business and also dissolve any trace of pretension or exclusiveness that can be rampant in such establishments. To top it off, they are dog friendly. Definitely worth checking out.
Selection: 4.75 |
Atmosphere: 4.5 |
Service: 5 |
Wednesday 2nd of June 2010 09:46:33 PM link
This person needs 3 or more reviews on the site for their scores to start counting.
Mother Earth is a new Brewery and Supply store in Vista, Ca. There location has plenty of parking and is right of Hwy78. The staff makes you feel very welcome when you enter. Beer selection varies form weekend to weekend because, They brew small batches,and tend to run out of there more popular beers. The tasting room is by far one of the coolest looking rooms that I've had the pleasure drinking at. So go check it out for yourself and enjoy.
Selection: 4 |
Atmosphere: 5 |
Service: 5 |