Mother Earth Brewing

BEER AVG
3.94/5
Mother Earth BrewingMother Earth Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(252) 208-BIER | map
motherearthbrewing.com

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Added by blackie on 09-28-2009

BEER STATS
Beers:
40
Ratings:
2,837
Reviews:
854
PLACE STATS
Score:
88
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
7.09%
 
 
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Photo of SashPlane
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Very good stop. A must to see & drink at.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of RobS1985
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Nice vibes, good selection, chill place.

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Photo of Straycorn
4.66/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MasterRigger
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of bigkingken
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Lak9ers
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MANix73
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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.

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Photo of Zehcnas13
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of velas
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mojo-brew
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BBS323
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of dogchasecats
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of vma
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of EricYates
2.04/5  rDev -48.4%

Photo of Vogt52
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MalibuKenny
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JRIGGS89
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of gfap61
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ajz132
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Royalb1216
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of JuliusPepperwood
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, NC
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,837 ratings.
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