State College business launches, offers free tastings

A State College business is offering a new taste.

Moody Culture Kombucha recently launched at several other businesses in Happy Valley. The kombucha, which is a fermented, lightly sweetened black or green tea drink, is brewed locally, though the inspiration for the business was due to the travels of co-founders Lisa Harpster and John Schaffer, kombucha’s flavors and health benefits.

“We truly feel that we set ourselves apart when it comes to the fresh, pop-in-your-mouth taste that Moody Culture Kombucha provides,” Harpster said. “It’s been compared to a daytime champagne, which is the feel and burst of flavor we were going for, so we’re grateful that our mission is coming across for our consumers to enjoy.”

The kombucha is handcrafted in small batches, according to Harpster, and contains only fresh, raw ingredients. The six traditional flavors are cucumber lime, grapefruit, lemon ginger, orange peppermint, raspberry lemon and watermelon mint. Granny Smith Apple, a seasonal flavor, is also on tap.

“One of our goals with Moody Culture Kombucha is to create high-quality kombucha that packs a powerful flavor punch, while maintaining the kombucha’s authenticity,” Schaffer said. “From the tartness of raspberry lemon to the zestiness of lemon ginger, our extensive palette offers a flavor for whatever mood you are in.”

Moody Culture Kombucha is available at Home D Pizzeria, McLanahan’s Downtown Market and Student Store, Robin Hood Brewing and Rothrock Coffee. Free tastings will be at 4-7 p.m. Oct. 23 at McLanahan’s Student Store, noon-2 p.m. Oct. 24 at McLanahan’s Downtown Market and beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 4 at Rothrock Coffee.

“We couldn’t keep a great thing to ourselves” Harpster said “We had been creating and sharing Moody Culture Kombucha with friends, but soon we found we were giving it all away and didn’t have enough left to feed our own habits. We needed to think further about a business so that more locals could enjoy a fresh, local, hand-crafted, effervescent brew. We’re thrilled that more of our local community can now enjoy our exciting creation”

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli