Mother Earth is finally brewing and canning a beer that played a large part in their opening the brewery five years ago.
In a recent blog post, CEO Stephen Hill described how his uncle would mix tomato juice with beer.
It all started in the summer of 2008. Well, for me it started earlier than that but 2008 is when the wheels in my mind started turning. For as long as I can remember, I have been gardening at my home in Kinston. I grow all sorts of vegetables (squash, butter beans, string beans, okra, and beets just to name a few), but my favorite by far? Tomatoes! One of my favorite things to do in the summer is make my own tomato juice and can it, just like my mother did. Back when I was younger, my uncle introduced me to this drink he called a Red Eye. He would take the tomato juice that my mother made and mix it with beer. Since he introduced me to this delicious concoction, I’ve been hooked! Not only do I look forward to enjoying my fresh, homegrown tomatoes each summer, I look forward to canning them and making my own version of the Red Eye, which I call “Homegrown.”
During the summer our family spends a lot of time in Atlantic Beach, NC and we are always having friends over. One night, Trent and I were drinking Homegrown and mixing them up for some of the friends we had over, folks ranging from early 20s all the way into their 70s. They would rave about it! They couldn’t get enough. It was amazing: a 50 year age range and they all loved Homegrown. So, I looked at Trent and said, “We should start a brewery and make this beer, and put it out there for the whole world to experience.” And so it began: a little (tomato) seed that ultimately grew into the Mother Earth Brewing that you know today.
Stephen and Co. have been dialing the beer in for the past five years now, and will unveil it as a brewery-only release on Saturday, Aug. 23.