Kinston, North Carolina has had a long and storied past. Now Kinston is undergoing a modern day renaissance. There are historical sites all over town, reminding you over the more than 250 years of history in the area. Down the street from The O’Neil you can visit the CSS Neuse, a replica of the Civil War era steam-powered ironclad ship of the same name. The Neuse is the only full-scale replica of a Confederate Ironclad in the world.
Kinston is also home to a dynamic brewing and distilling scene. Mother Earth Brewing was founded in Kinston in 2008 by Stephen Hill and Trent Mooring. Their energy efficient brewery is one of the most progressive in the world. In addition to their mindful stewardship of the environment, Mother Earth Brewing brews fine beer, from the mellow and easy-drinking Weeping Willow Wit all the way to the other end of the spectrum with their rich bourbon barrel-aged Silent Night Imperial Stout.
Also owned by Stephen Hill is Mother Earth Spirits. Making small-batch Gin and Whiskey (with Rum coming soon), Mother Earth Spirits focuses on quality over quantity. Each batch of whiskey is crafted by hand, and aged in Charred White American Oak barrels long enough to evoke notes of caramel, fresh leather and toasted oak. Their Gin balances juniper with other botanicals like coriander, anise, and cardamom, with a resulting smoothness perfect for sipping or in your favorite cocktail. Like their brewery cousins at Mother Earth Brewing, the distillery is located in a LEED certified building. The distillers harness the energy from the sun to heat their water and use environmentally-conscious materials to insulate their space.
Cultural Sites to Explore
Mother Earth Brewing 311 N Herritage St, Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 208-2437
Mother Earth Spirits 311 N Herritage St, Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 208-2437
The Red Room 220 N Herritage St, Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 520-2000
Neuseway Nature Center 401 W. Caswell St. Kinston, NC 28504 (252) 939-3367
Community Council for the Arts 400 North Queen Street Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 527-2517
Kinston Disc Golf Barnet Park, Kinston
The Overland Gallery 125 W. Blount Street Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 686-8007
Harper Arts 115 West North Street Kinston, NC 28504 (252) 686-8089