As residents of the planet Earth, we don’t spend enough time thanking our home for the ample gifts available to us. Many cultures have found ways to be grateful by personifying the planet as a female creation, the most lasting nickname being that of “Mother Earth.” Mothers are our caregivers, nurturers and providers and we wouldn’t be here without them, so it just makes sense.
This Earth Day, as we turn our attention to the physical needs of the planet and all its creatures, let us recognize not only the primal elements of land, air, fire and water but also water and the magic that water can perform when merged with grains, hops and yeast.
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The perfect way to celebrate Earth Day is with a mixed pack of beers from North Carolina’s Mother Earth Brewing. The brewery’s core line consists of four bottled beers that commemorate trees, water, sky and the environmentally spiritual.
Weeping Willow Wit is a Belgian-style wit beer. It’s a stalwart–and one of Mother Earth Brewing’s flagship beers. A very traditional take on the witbier style, Weeping Willow pours a hazy gold and has a mild flavor with flashes of orange and coriander against the Belgian yeast backbone, making it an ideal warm weather sipper.
Endless River is a Kolsch-style ale, perfect for spending a day on the water or in any outdoor environment. It’s crisp, clean and a thirst quencher, and is just as enjoyable while watching a football game on television as it is when consumed after a pick up game played in the backyard.
Dark Cloud is Mother Earth’s Munich-style dunkel lager. A deep brown, malty brew, Dark Cloud is ideal for beer lovers who want some additional tooth to their drink but don’t want to feel heavy. It’s easy to drink and surprisingly refreshing, contradicting many preconceptions about dark beers being limited to stouts and porters.
Sisters of the Moon is the brewery’s India pale ale. Mother Earth Brewing uses heaps of American-grown hops, including fresh cones, which makes the beer strong on bitterness and enhances the expected IPA aromatics. Sweet malt flavors complement the feisty hops making Sisters of the Moon a balanced choice for an American IPA.
Mother Earth Brewing is more than a gimmicky name; acknowledging humanity’s role on the planet is a part of the company’s DNA. They have the first LEED Gold certified brewery in the country and are devoted to earth-centric charitable causes. You can feel good drinking a pint from Mother Earth Brewing this Earth Day and every day, knowing these great-tasting beers are backed up by a true commitment to improving our globe.
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