Mountain Culture Kombucha
Based in: White Hall, Virginia
Distribution: DC, VA, NC, MD
There’s a certain ruggedness to this Virginia-based brand, a down-home vibe that, no doubt, comes from the fact that it’s based in the Appalachian mountains, where founder Peter Roderick was born and raised.
Like most commercial kombucha owners, Peter started brewing at home—back in 2009, using a culture that has its origins in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 2012, having perfected his brews, he decided to go commercial. And, like many growing kombucha brands, Mountain Culture went through a re-branding process. It was originally named Nugget’s Raw Kombucha (Nugget is Peter’s nickname), and a few years ago, they renamed it Mountain Culture, which suits the brand identity perfectly.
The company produces eight flavors, which all share a clean, raw taste that feels small-batch and craft-made, yet definitely with universal appeal. Take Coconut Turmeric, for instance. The sweetness of the coconut is the perfect compliment to the earthy turmeric, so it's the kind of brew that would appeal to both lovers of tart and sweet.
The grapefruit and citra in Grapefruit Hops provide a nice tang to the nugget and cascade hops that also swirl in there. It's the kind of brew that we can see ourselves drinking first thing in the morning! Blueberry Lemongrass is their second best-seller, and it’s easy to see why. Lemongrass has a refreshing lemon-lime taste with a hint of ginger to it, so it balances really well with the sweetness of blueberry. These are the two base notes in this flavor, but the brew overall is quite complex and the craftsmanship within it is obvious. The carbonation is perfect and it has a robustness to it that is really satisfying.
And lest kombucha drinkers forget how important the quality of the water is to every brew: Mountain Culture's water flows straight from the mountain, and there's no doubt that its purity plays a role in the overall quality of their kombucha.