It's a Sunday afternoon on the sleepy main street of Vista, California, in northern San Diego County, but the cavernous home of the Mother Earth Brew Company is hopping. And hoppy.
The craft-beer tasting room, with its 19 varieties of Mother Earth on tap, is packed. People sip from small glasses of beers in varying shades of amber, with names like Sin Tax, Hop Diggity, and the ever popular Cali Creamin' (a vanilla cream ale). Just a few miles east, at its manufacturing facility, Mother Earth has another tasting room.