On Friday, January 20, 2012, Mother Earth Brewing Co. and Terrapin Beer Co. will host a Beer Benefit at the Mother Earth taproom at 5:00 p.m. in downtown Kinston to raise money for Chef & the Farmer, a local restaurant that recently caught on fire.
Trent Mooring, Mother Earth’s co-founder and president, writes in a recent blog post that Chef & the Farmer “suffered a fire in their kitchen during the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 7. Although the fire was quickly contained, this top-notch, award-winning eatery suffered extensive smoke and water damage and remains closed for the foreseeable future while the damage is assessed and cleanup begins.”
Mother Earth and Terrapin had planned to hold a collaboration beer dinner at the restaurant on January 20, but the event had to be cancelled due to the damage caused by the fire. “Clearly, the beer dinner won’t be happening; but in its place[,] we’re hosting a BEER BENEFIT on the very same night,” writes Mooring.
The Beer Benefit will feature the following beers on draft:
Mother Earth Brewing Co.:
Tripel Overhead (10.0%) – Our spring seasonal, a Belgian-style tripel ale aged in Heaven Hills Bourbon barrels. Vintage 2011.
Silent Night (9.5%) – Our winter seasonal, an imperial stout, brewed with coffee and molasses and aged in Heaven Hills Bourbon barrels. Vintage 2010.
Smokey Hart – A special one-barrel pilot release. Details to come.
Terrapin Beer Co.:
Hopsecutioner IPA (7.2%) – This killer IPA earns its name by using six different types of hops while still remaining an aggressive well balanced beer.
Free Spirit (6.8%) – A very special and limited release, Free Spirit is a saison brewed with sunflower seeds and elderflower. One of only three kegs to make it to North Carolina.
In addition to the rare beers listed above, “John Cochran, Spike Buckowski and Dustin “Ranger” Walker of Terrapin and Trent Mooring, Stephen Hill and Josh Brewer of Mother Earth [will be] on hand to meet beer lovers and talk about their creations.” A raffle with “some really awesome goodies from both Terrapin and Mother Earth” will also be held.
“All of the proceeds from the raffle, as well as a portion of the Tap Room sales for the evening, will go to help these local farmers stay on their feet while their largest customer rebuilds and gets back on their own two feet,” writes Mooring. “We know that thanks to the support of both the Kinston community and the craft beer community, Chef & the Farmer will be back and better than ever soon, sourcing the freshest possible ingredients from these farmers once again.”