Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Mother Earth Brew Company is one of North County’s brightest brewing success stories. First opened in 2010 as a combination home brew supply shop and brewery, the company quickly won loyal fans and followers with its wide variety of quality beers.
The original home brew space, now expanded, still operates as the brewery (with a tasting area), but the primary venue for Mother Earth is their tap house in downtown Vista. This large, mostly open indoor space features a big bar, a selection of big tables and stools, and a small outdoor patio.
Owner-Founder Dan Love is a talented and fun-loving guy—an outgoing sort who doesn’t take himself too seriously. He and Head Brewer Chris Baker like to keep the roster filled with a wide range of styles and like to play with them as well (the bourbon-barrel-aged peanut butter stout is just one example). In addition to the more esoteric recipes, MEBC also brews a number of highly aromatic, full-flavored, hoppy ales that come in below 6% ABV and deliver great drinkability without the high octane. Beer beginners will love Cali Creamin,’ a vanilla cream ale, and one of the brewery’s biggest sellers.
Address: 206 Main St, Vista, CA 92084
San Diego is all about great beer—and there’s an awful lot of it! We currently have more than 150 working brewery locations in our county, with an estimated 30-40 more in the planning stages. That’s a lot of breweries to sort through. So where to begin? Well, the answer is right here. If you want to plan any kind of brewery experience, The San Diego Brewery Guide is your most essential tool. Not only does it list the location and key information about every working brew house that’s open to the public, it also allows you to search for breweries that meet your specific criteria. Do you only want breweries in a specific neighborhood? No problem. Only want places that have patios for dogs? You got it. Do you want to keep your search limited to small or medium-sized breweries? Yup, we got that.
With so many breweries to choose from, we hope you’ll keep coming back to consult The San Diego Brewery Guide on a regular basis. Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for you to plan the perfect day or weekend of brewery tours and tastings in San Diego—and to do it time and time again. If you haven’t already, you’ll see that there’s nothing better than enjoying a great brewery-fresh beer right where it’s made.
So get out there and explore! Sip. Savor. Socialize. And get ready to be awed by some of the best brews to be found anywhere on the planet. Enjoy!
- Bruce GlassmanEdit ModuleShow Tags