Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about locally crafted beverages of many persuasions: beer, wine, coffee, spirits and more.
Can you remember the first NC beer you ever tried? I can. It was Mother Earth Brewing‘s Weeping Willow Wit on a sunny April afternoon in downtown Raleigh just four years ago. I was smitten at first sip. That moment sparked the beginning of a beautiful relationship with craft beer (for which Mother Earth Brewing has my undying gratitude). You may have experienced a similar sensation your first time and now you can barely conceive of drinking mass produced, non-craft beer again.
It wasn’t until last year that I made a trip to the brewery in Kinston, though I’d read quite a bit about their large LEED certified brewery building, adjoining tap room and beer garden occupying a prominent position on the corner of Heritage and North Streets in downtown. If you venture to Kinston one Saturday, look for a line of brew fans forming inside the ultra cool tap room for the hourly brewery tours. Your tour starts in the cask room where special release beers wait their turn to be tapped. During the tour you’ll learn a bit about the brewing process and about Mother Earth Brewing’s commitment to sustainability, like the expansion of beer availability in cans. Recent changes in equipment and production processes make canning economically attainable on a smaller scale (as well as being better for the environment and for the beer). In fact, just this past month a new beer (in a can) was, Park Day Bohemian Style Pilsner. You find a picture of the can on the brewery’s Facebook page (study the picture carefully so you’ll recognize it when it hits local store shelves).
Included in the brewery tour is a peek into the future of Mother Earth Spirits, where whiskey, rum, gin and grappa will soon flow. The distillery room with its gleaming copper equipment and intricate ceiling constructed from the remains of old casks is a lovely sight to behold.
If your calendar isn’t too packed with NC Beer Month events there are a couple in our area that will feature Mother Earth Brewing. First, to celebrate the launch of their new seasonal beer (Park Day Bohemian Pilsner) Mother Earth Brewing is sponsoring a one round disc golf tournament at Cedar Hills Rotary Park on Saturday, April 19 (find full details here). Then on April 22 Mother Earth and Durham’s Fullsteam join forces with Lantern and Dashi (the new restaurant concept coming to Durham from Toast’s Billy Cotter) for a very special beer dinner in Lantern’s new garden space. Find the full dinner details here and call now to make that reservation.
Thank you Mother Earth for sparking this incredible love affair with NC craft beer and for being so committed to sustainability. Cheers to many, many more year.