Founder Becca Schepps spoke with Ian Griffin at Booch News about killer booch, and what it’s like to be the weirdo in the refrigerated aisle. Plus the scoop on our Hard Booch and why it’s probably the best thing you’ll ever drink. Listen below!
BOULDER, Colo. — Mortal, a Boulder-based beverage company producing Mortal Kombucha and Mortal XXX Hard Kombucha is poised for its best year in business yet. Among its milestones are triple digit sales growth, new markets and store placements across the United States, the completion of their first fundraising round, and the launch of hard kombucha in Colorado.
SALES & DISTRIBUTION
It’s not every day a small batch beverage brand explodes (in a good way) across the country, and Mortal has its distribution partners KeHE and UNFl to credit to the rapid growth already achieved in 2021: up nearly 500% YOY. Mortal’s eight kombucha flavors— Black Sage, Marg Simpson, Black Magic, Apparently It’s Love, Power Melon, Sour Ginger, Chill Flower, and Dem Apples — are now available in Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, the Northeast, the Mid Atlantic, and the Midwest, spanning 40 states in the U.S.
Thirsty fermentation lovers can now find Mortal in new stores, too. These placements include Whole Foods in the Pacific Northwest, Mother’s Markets and Erewhon Market in Southern California, Down To Earth in Hawaii, Harmon’s in Utah, and Jungle Jim’s International Market and Woodman’s Market in the Midwest. Shop online and find a local retailer at mortalkombucha.com/where-to-buy/.
MORTAL XXX HARD KOMBUCHA
Earlier this year, Mortal introduced the Mortal XXX Hard Kombucha line that includes Cucumber Cool Off, Pineapple Kapow, Guavaloha Punch, and Lavender Afternoon. Each flavor is vibrant, fun and totally crushable. It has a 5.2% ABV, which walks a fine line to the rebellion that is indulging in a second. The eco-conscious decision to make the hard kombucha in 355mL cans is to make it not only recyclable but easy to travel with for camping or enjoying around the pool.
Available in 4-packs and distributed exclusively by Colorado Craft Distributors, Mortal XXX Hard Kombucha is now available across Colorado in cans and kegs for both on and off-premise sales. It can be found in all Whole Foods and Natural Grocers stores that carry alcohol as well as a handful of independent liquor stores throughout the state.
In August, Mortal completed its first-ever fundraising round on a convertible note. The investment was made up of strategic investors with expertise in beverage, brand and distribution. Canard Ventures, a Boulder, CO-based venture firm with a portfolio of early-stage brands across many sectors participated as well as Manna Capital Partners out of Louisville, Kentucky.
“The Mortal brand has a lot of vision when it comes to emerging categories in beverage. We’re excited to partner with Mortal and help them amplify their efforts. ” said Kevin Attkisson, partner Manna Capital Partners.
The completed convertible round will support retail expansion on both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic fronts, as well as considerable investment into marketing.
“Brands are everything in this category,” said Lon McGowan, founder of Canard Ventures, “and Mortal has been able to quickly establish itself as an outstanding brand on the shelves in this extremely competitive category.”
In addition to investment partners, Mortal attributes success to strong partnerships in all aspects of their business— including premium ingredient producers, world-class Scoby cultivators, hard-working, strategic distributors; and everyone in between.
Looking towards the future, Mortal plans to expand its brand from kombucha into more functional beverage spaces.
We are stoked to announce we have joined the 1% for the Planet family! At Mortal we are dedicated to making a positive impact on the planet and ensuring future generations will have a planet to drink kombucha on.
We will be working with 1% for the Planet to cut food and water waste, shrink our carbon footprint, and give back to causes that matter to us in Colorado.
If you want to join our team and give back, sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you posted on all the outings. Or apply to be a Mortal Health Freak and get an even closer look.
PS: Want to do something right now!? You can join 1% for the planet as an individual. Visit the link below.
We’re looking for some radical Mortal Brand Ambassadors.
Could you be one of them?!
What’s in it for you? Swag. Perks. Kombucha. Inside access to all the cool stuff, maybe a spot on our whirly ball team. Don’t know what that is? Google it.
Now through the end of February we’re throwing in an extra case, six bottles, of our choosing for all orders of 12 bottles or more! Just add 12 bottles (of any combination of flavors) to your cart and you’ll auto-magically get a six bottle sampler pack added!
Drink em, gift em, or mix all the flavors together in an experimental jungle juice style middler-schooler at the movies punch. Anything goes.
Shop now, add 12 or more bottles, and get your six free.
This applies to both shipped or delivery orders. You’ll get whatever flavors we give you, and you’ll like it. No take backs or complaining allowed! As always, we recommend our kombucha be stored under refrigeration, but thankfully it’s winter and you can probably just toss those extra bottles in your garage.