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Say Hi to your Mother for me.


I’m going to spoil my own blog by telling you what I think right off the bat, Mother Earth Brewing is great. It has quickly become one of my favorite of the newer brewers that have joined the impressive list of San Diego breweries in the past couple of years. However, there is a slight problem. I have no one to blame for this but myself, I just don’t live close enough. Mother Earth Brewing is located in Vista, California which is a not-insignificant drive from where I live in Mission Valley. This is the same hindrance that I typically encounter when it comes to having the opportunity to check out any one of the great brewers located in the North Country area of San Diego.

Word to your Mother.

Word to your Mother.

However, when life gives you lemons, you just go out and find friends who live closer for you.
My good friend and home brewing partner just so happens to live in Escondido. We use his house as our base of operation when we are making beer and we have also been using Mother Earth Brewing’s homebrew supply store located in the heart of Vista on  Main Street. This has given me ample opportunity to check out the taproom located conveniently next door.
Depending on what our particular brewing goals for the day were, this would determine if we stayed for a draft or grabbed a few bottles or maybe a growler to go. This has lead to finding several exception IPA’s. Kismet, Auld Knucker, Thibodo (named for the street where the original brewery is), Hop Diggity IIPA and Big Mother IIIPA.
The Hop Diggity, an 8.2%ABV double IPA, has an impressive hops aroma from the moment you crack it open. Very light gold, almost pilsner-esque in color with nice clarity. The main hops used in this brew is Warrior, which gives it some distinctions from other double IPA’s and the flavors sort of rolls around along the contours of your tongue. I recommend giving this beer a try at your earliest opportunity.

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Another beer that stands out equally as well is the Big Mother tripe IPA. Brewed to celebrate their 3rd anniversary, this monster clocks in with an impressive 10.5%ABV that doesn’t overwhelm the palette. My main issue with many IIIPA’s is that fine line where the alcohol starts to overpower the beer flavors. The Big Mother sits on the right side of that line and a tasty beer is the result. The hops that hit your nose are bold and you get a rich golden color from the pour, the beer presents very well. This beer isn’t currently in production but I have a feeling you will see it again somewhere down the line. Or just be on the lookout for a new triple IPA from these guys.
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Aside from the excellent beers available at the brewery and the tap house, I’d also like to say that the homebrew store is pretty exceptional as well. An excellent selection of grains, malts, White Labs yeast, hops and a database that can help you reconstruct any of the beers that Mother Earth makes. Staffed by friendly and knowledgeable people they even offer free classes on the weekend for home brewers of every level. I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area.

Mother Earth Brewing is well worth your time to try out, and not just for IPA’s. Go and tryout the Cali Creamin’, a vanilla cream ale, or the I.R.A., Irish Red Ale.
The Homebrew Store and Tap house are located at 204 & 206 Main Street Vista, CA 92084 you can visit the brewery at 2055 Thibodo Road Ste H Vista, CA 92081

Author: hoptologysd31

Beer lover living the dream in San Diego, CA. I'm always looking to find great beers in places where I'd least expect them.

2 thoughts on “Say Hi to your Mother for me.

  1. Would like to go…too far north.

  2. Hey, who is driving me here and when???

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