By Caitlyn Randall

“Mother Earth lives on the ocean, Mother Earth sails on the sea, I am blessed with her devotion, Mother Earth provides for me.” The opening lines of the song Mother Earth by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band describes Mother Earth Brewery (named after the song) perfectly. Mother Earth Brewery is a colorful, stylistic, soulful brewery located in downtown Kinston, N.C. And don’t forget the tagline, “Peace, Love & Beer.” They are the first brewery to open in eastern N.C., as well as the largest.

President and co-owner Trent Mooring’s grade school art teacher created Mother Earth’s expressive logo and art for their different beers. The building, apparel, beers, and event posters all have Mother Earth’s distinctive free spirit vibe. The building that Mother Earth Brewing occupies used to be an indoor drive-through pharmacy. Pieces of history and Mother Earth Brewery news are framed and displayed throughout the taprooms.

Each beer is created all the way through at Mother Earth Brewery- the taste, the vivid can and tap art, and the creative names. The names of the beers derive from parts of the owner’s lives- such as Trent’s wife loves weeping willow trees, and one of their beers is titled the Weeping Willow Wit. Some of the beer names, like the name of the brewery come from song titles and records. The Duck Blind beer was created for Mother Earth’s partnership with the Down East Wood Ducks minor league baseball team. The stadium has a Mother Earth Pavilion with a rooftop bar to sit and watch the game and sip a delicious local beer. Each beer is trademarked.

Mother Earth Brewery doesn’t stop at beer. Their newest product is their spiked and sparkling hard seltzer under the name of Sercy. This refreshing hard seltzer comes in many fruity flavor combinations. Sercy along with Mother Earth’s beers can be found in all grocery stores in N.C. and some locations in additional states.

Whether you grab a pack of Mother Earth beer from the grocery store and enjoy it by the ocean (or wherever nature takes you), you visit the vibrant brewery in downtown Kinston, you attend a Down East Wood Ducks game, or you enjoy Mother Earth beer at a soul food restaurant, I leave you with this note, “Peace, Love & Beer.”

Recipes found on this page are from Got to Be NC members, staff, industry partners and Stove Side Chats. Stove Side Chats is Got to Be NC’s cooking show hosted by restaurant marketing specialist Chad Blackwelder. This series invites chefs and home cooks from around the state to teach you how to cook with in-season North Carolina deliciousness.