Mother Earth Brewing

Mother Earth BrewingMother Earth Brewing
Mother Earth BrewingMother Earth Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

311 N Heritage St
Kinston, North Carolina, 28501
United States

(252) 208-BIER | map
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Rated: 4.5 by atlbravsrno1 from Maine

Oct 15, 2023
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Nice tap room adjacent to the brewery.
Plenty of seating inside and out.
20 beers on tap.
The staff was very helpful with samples and beer choices.
A few restaurants within walking distance. Notably The Chef and The Farmer, one of the best restaurants in the area.
Jan 14, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Jul 07, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by Lucnifter from California

Apr 30, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by jcb1130 from North Carolina

Feb 17, 2018
Rated: 4.92 by Jzornick from North Carolina

Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by jak from North Carolina

Aug 15, 2017
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Rated by SashPlane from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
Very good stop. A must to see & drink at.
Mar 19, 2017
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75
I enjoyed the vibe in this place and there were certainly a wide variety of people across different ages, demographics, and dress... It was on a Saturday late afternoon (holiday weekend) and there were a lot of people taking the tours. Having not been to Kinston for close to 10 years, the space is not what I was expecting. Clean, modern decor and fairly decent sized open space with tables and a U shaped bar.

Beers were well poured using appropriate glassware - including different styles of glassware depending on the style of beer. Beers were served at a proper temperature with an appropriate amount of head.

Bartenders were friendly and helpful. I enjoyed chatting with them about the beers and they made a point of letting me know about the beers they had available I might not be able to find elsewhere.

Decent selection with a handful of beers besides the widely available ones.
Jul 03, 2016
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Rated by RobS1985 from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Nice vibes, good selection, chill place.
May 29, 2016
Rated: 4.66 by Straycorn from California

May 17, 2016
Rated: 4.55 by MasterRigger from North Carolina

Dec 27, 2015
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Reviewed by bigkingken from North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3
I’ve never been to Miami as an adult, but according to my wife’s coworker, Mother Earth’s interior is what you might expect at a bar on South Beach. A long U-shaped bar sits in the center of a big room with all kinds of funky furniture ranging from cushy chairs to those egg-shaped chairs from Men in Black fame. Blue lights blink up from the floor under the bar stools and also cast from within half the bar top. A giant fabric curtain streams across the far end of the room.

Interesting. Not bad, just interesting.

As for the beer, it’s just not my bag. Everything tasted as it should and there were not quality issues at all, I’m just not a big fan of the lighter end of the German spectrum, i.e., kolsches, blondes and wits. Even their dunkel lager didn’t really strike my fancy.

On the plus side, they have a regular assortment of taproom-only experimental brews. But again, nothing really struck my palette right. The bartender was nice and knowledgeable, though, so points for that.

On the whole, I certainly wouldn’t dissuade anyone from dropping in, I just wouldn’t recommend making a special trip either.
Apr 03, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

Mar 26, 2015
Rated: 4.38 by Lak9ers from California

Dec 18, 2014
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Reviewed by MANix73 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.8%
Beautiful, trendy taproom. Seems out of place in Kinston, NC. Looks like it should be in NYC. Good variety of beers. They fill growler & have a gift shop attached where you can buy bottles & miscellaneous merchandise. If you're a beer geek, go on Friday & stop by Duck-Rabbit in Farmville first.
Nov 30, 2014
Rated: 4.12 by Zehcnas13

Oct 29, 2014
Rated: 4.36 by velas

Oct 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by mojo-brew from North Carolina

Oct 13, 2014
Rated: 5 by BBS323 from North Carolina

Oct 11, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by dogchasecats from Georgia

Oct 09, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by vma from California

Sep 14, 2014
Rated: 2.04 by EricYates from Arkansas

Aug 27, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Vogt52 from Maryland

Aug 18, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by MalibuKenny from North Carolina

Aug 07, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by gfap61 from Pennsylvania

Jul 12, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by ajz132 from Maryland

Jul 03, 2014
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Reviewed by stakem from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Visited Mother Earth on a saturday evening just before 8:00 pm when their "trading post" aka their packaged beer to go store closed. The brewery taproom itself is very clean offering up a U-shaped bar with 8 or 10 taps and a handpump cask that was empty during my visit. There is room for maybe a dozen people or so at the bar with lots of standing room and couches as well to relax on. They have a beer garden with cornhole to play and as previously mentioned a trading post for to-go bottles, cans and mix-a-six.

It appears as though 4 or 5 taps hold their mainstay offerings with the remaining 4 or 5 taps pouring seasonals. Whats on tap is displayed both on a big screen TV (with pricing) as well as on tabletop displays. Prices ranged from 4.50 a pint to 6-7 a snifter for their experimental stuff. The highlights during my visit appeared to be an imperial chocolate version of their staple porter as well as a freshly released batch of blackberry windowpane.

The bartender was attentive and informative. Pricing seemed pretty much in line with what I am use to. My only gripe was that there was only 1 unique thing to be had on tap. Literally everything else could be purchased to-go from their trading post at a fraction of the price ($10.50 a mix-a-six verse $5 average on tap.) Its worth a visit to say you were there and it appears to be the only brewery within a reasonable distance of our stay. However, I doubt I would go back unless they offered more unique selections since most of their packaged stuff can be sourced elsewhere in the state at the same price or cheaper than their draft prices.
Jun 28, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by JuliusPepperwood from North Carolina

May 27, 2014
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
This place is great! Tasting room is very wide open, clean, bright, and welcoming. Huge horseshoe bar when you walk in, with 10 taps and 1 cask available to drink from. There are 4 regular taps that rotate, and then there are 6 listed under a premium taps label, which while we were there included a guest tap for NC Beer Month, as well as a vertical of BBA Overhead Tripel from 2012, 2013, and 2014. Very nice! The bartender was great. Very knowledgeable about all of the beers, and just friendly all around. The tour is well worth going on. Tour guide was funny, and very informative, and the facility is LEED certified, so there is some different information from other brewery tours. Large barrel aging room, as well as a fairly new distillery. After the tour, head out back in the outdoor lounge for some comfortable lounge chair rockers, or play some cornhole. They have live music there from time to time, as well. They really are trying to build up the town around them. There is a gift shop where there are bottles and cans for sale, and there are growlers to go, as well. Definitely worth visiting if you find yourself in the area.
Apr 14, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by OldhouseRecs from North Carolina

Apr 09, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Dec 25, 2013
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Reviewed by kristougher from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5
Love stopping in here for beers after work, nice to have a quality brewery in our small little town. The tap room is very large10-12 seats at a big U shaped bar and another 4-6 tables scattered about and more seating outside, personally love sitting outside. Very modern setting, chrome and glass bar, weird funny looking chairs that are super comfortable.
I love their seasonals, Old Neighborhood, Silent Night, and Triple Overhead.

Only complaint is there is rarely any one offs on tap, but that isn't a major complaint by any means! If you're in the area or driving through it's definitely worth checking out
Oct 31, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by coribsmith from North Carolina

Oct 16, 2013
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Reviewed by Ohiovania from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5
Took the tour and the guide didn't really walk us through their process and kinda just took questions. He did take us around to all the stops but it seemed like he wasn't extremely knowledgable or familiar with giving tours. I understand he may have been all there was available and that's fine.

Also, no samples... Really wanted to try some at the brewery/ brewpub but i went before the the pub opened and they don't have any on the tour.

Did get a free keychain and that was nice of them.
Oct 11, 2013
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Reviewed by BrianScott from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5
The brewery tour was awesome. We were midweek so we had the tour all to ourselves. They have done a great job renovating buildings in a cool way including having a slide from the second floor. They are small but seem very innovative. The tap room is quirky in a very modern style. At the time the selection of beer was ok. We were a few weeks early for a few of there seasonals which I am really interested in trying. Hope to trip back before they run out. A great place to visit on the way o the beach.
Sep 09, 2013
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Reviewed by DiverJon from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3
This is one of the oddest taprooms I've ever seen having visited Breweries all over the country. We drove by the Brewery and it didn't look open so went to a different place in New Bern, NC. After talking to someone there who claimed it was open we stopped on our way home. The entrance is on a side street around the corner from main entrance so if it looks closed make sure to go around the corner and check. Walked in and was greeted by chrome and lights. Very odd and not to my taste. The pourer was very friendly. There are several tables inside with seating at a bar and an outside seating area in the back. If its nice make sure to sit outside. Very nice nook with ultra-comfy chairs. The beer is fine, no quibbles there. Did not do a tour as we were too late for one due to the problem already mentioned. I could do without the whole environment theme, however. Being as crunchy, "I love the Earth" as you want to be does not make up for bad beer. Don't sell the beer = out of business. Fortunately, their beer is fine. Nice to see a brewery in the center of a rundown old town trying to revitalize the area So hat's off to them for this. Probably won't go back as I didn't care for the atmosphere of modern chrome and glass but thats me. Make sure to check the hours they are open and stop for yourself and support a local business trying to make a difference.
Jul 15, 2012
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Reviewed by MadScientist from New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
The brew house and tap room are located in renovated buildings , the walls are insulated with old blue jeans and there are solar panels on the roof. Word on the street is that they will be the very first LEED certified brewery. The tap room has a comfortable modern atmosphere including two sixties mod chairs. They offer friendly and knowledgeable brewery tours on the hour. I believe we paid $12 for a tasting flight of the eight beers that were available on tap, pints were available for $4.50 to $5.00 each.
May 27, 2012
Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, NC
Brewery rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 2468 ratings