You Bet Your ‘Bucha

Virginia’s craft kombucheries.

If you want more bang than most seltzer waters offer, it’s time to try kombucha. This fermented tea is full of antioxidants known to improve digestion and lower cholesterol. Here are our picks for who’s brewing the best ‘bucha around the state.

Blue Ridge Bucha, Afton

This certified organic kombucha is made using water from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Flavors include elderflower sunrise, jasmine grape and seasonal drafts, all in refillable bottles. 

Mountain Culture Kombucha, White Hall

Small batch, homebrewed kombucha made with mountain water and certified organic tea since 2012. Flavors include Watermelon Pink Salt, Grapefruit Hop, Coconut Turmeric, and Blueberry Lemongrass.

Mad Magic Kombucha, Vint Hill

Available in nearly 20 different flavors, including hops, Mad Magic (formerly MTO) began as founder Ralph Crafts’ homebrew hobby.

Ninja Kombucha, Richmond 

Ninja Kombucha is available in two small-batch flavors: Shinobi, a lemon-ginger-basil blend made with green tea, and Oniwaban, brewed with Virginia-grown blackberries and Oolong black tea.

Tha Best Kombucha, Floyd

Made with high quality ingredients and lots of love, fans say this kombucha is smooth and well balanced. Flavors include Citrus Sunrise, Pucker Up, and Grapefruit Rosemary. Find it on tap and at farmers’ markets in Roanoke, Blacksburg, and Floyd.

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue. Updated January 2021.

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