Stumblefoot Brewing Co. and Mother Earth Brew Co.
All words and pictures by Justin Kunert
Near San Elijo Hills at the bottom of San Marcos, and south of the brewing and tasting room cluster where Vista, Carlsbad, and San Marcos meet, you’ll find Stumblefoot Brewing Company. Open since 2012, it’s likely you’ve heard of or visited this spot before, or perhaps seen their sour ale, Quadraven, at bottle shops or liquor stores. But this spot may appear different from your last visit, as the company just changed ownership earlier this year. With the change came a refreshed logo and an updated ambiance in the tasting room. One thing that did not change is the brewer, and judging by the amount of people in the tasting room, the beer has maintained its quality taste and consistency that has kept it running since 2012. I was eager to sample as many beers that legal blood alcohol limits would allow.
The beer line-up
I went for four 5 ounce tasters: Take This Job And Nugget Session IPA (5.5%), Inner Penguin IPA (6.9%), Chester Brown Ale (5.5%), and QuadRaven Sour Ale (11.5%). Chris ordered two half pours, opting for Cher-ish the Journey Cherry Kettle Sour (6%) and Strawberry Gose Sour (4.5%). The standout for both of us was the QuadRaven, providing a noticeable pucker, slight malt backbone, and mild booziness, even at 11.5%. The Brown Ale was unfiltered, an interesting take on recent brewing trends. I felt it gave the beer a creamy texture, and lighter body. The aroma on the Penguin really threw me off, I was expecting a more tropical fruit smell given it being a hazy IPA. But it smelt more like a Belgian beer would, which I thought was really interesting. The Session, Gose, and kettle sour were all really refreshing, especially on a hot day.
The brewing equipment at Stumblefoot
With no food options or food truck at Stumblefoot, we ventured into downtown Vista to visit Urbn Pizza and Mother Earth Brew Co. Order pizza at Urbn and they will deliver it to you while you drink at Mother Earth. I love this set up, it’s like having a permanent food truck at the brewery.
Beers and backdrop at Mother Earth Brew Co.
Clockwise from left: Say When, ESB, Rooftop, Sin Tax
Urbn and IPA while at Mother Earth
While here, we both ordered the Extra Special Bitter (5.4%), Rooftop IPA (7.5%), Say When IPA (7.5%), and the Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout (8.1%). I love the ESB here; it is smooth, balanced, light, and has a wonderful maltiness on the nose and on the finish. Definitely order it on your next visit, as it was a bronze medal winner at the 2016 Great American Beer Fest. Sin Tax served as a perfect vessel for my last beer of the day. After the always successful pizza and IPA combination, the peanut butter, chocolately, and roasty stout flavors of Sin Tax made the dessert like beer a perfect finish to the evening.
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