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April 22, 2022

Drink to your health with Warrenton’s Good Reverend Kombucha Co.

Photo by Luke Christopher
Brent Henderson of The Good Reverend Kombucha Co. stands with his mobile bar. (Photo by Luke Christopher)
By Sue Baldani
For Warrenton Lifestyle


When Brent Henderson started making kombucha at home in 2009, he had no idea it would be the beginning of a business. “My wife had pain associated with digestion, and a friend recommended kombucha as a potential solution,” he said. “It worked from the very first time she drank it.”

The Good Reverend Kombucha Co., based in Warrenton, started sharing its family recipe in June of 2020 and now offers a bevy of varieties and flavors. The name, explained Henderson, is in small part due to the fact that he was once a reverend, but has more to do with turning people into believers that kombucha can taste great.

His kombucha, he said, is a sparkling, slightly sweet, slightly tart fermented beverage made from tea. “Our tagline is ‘We’ll make you a believer!’ It's delicious and just happens to be really good for you.”

Henderson has been using the same kombucha culture since 2009. “It's been a completely closed system with no outside introduction,” he said. “Organic ingredients are used at every single level of the fermentation process, from the tea and the sugar to the fruits and other ingredients used to flavor our products.”

He also strives for fair trade practices wherever he can. “Both the tea and the sugars we get are fair trade. We import the tea directly from a tea importer in China that focuses on really high quality. It’s not the brown dried out leaves you see in most tea bags, but green and fresh and sweet.

“We also do everything in small batches and slow the fermentation process as much as we can because we found, at least with our product, the longer that we can do our primary fermentation, the smoother and more vibrant the flavor and the more carbonated it is,” Henderson said.

The company has also recently switched from using organic fruit juices to whole fruits. “We were able to lower the sugar content and believe that it's a healthier experience as well,” Henderson added.

The company’s No. 1 seller is OMG, which stands for Orange Mango Goodness.

“We also have rotating seasonal flavors, which are only available for three months at a time,” Henderson noted. “Our spring seasonal, Spring Shandy, has a citrusy floral hoppy flavor; Summer Solstice is like a sparkling lemonade with a hint of vanilla; Autumn Moon is made with apples and cranberries; and Winter Solstice contains apples, cinnamon and nutmeg.”

There are two lines of kombucha – its TGR line, which is its standard kombucha with flavors like OMG, Cherry Vanilla, and Lemon Blueberry, and its Rev Up line, which is its athletic kombucha.

“When developing our athletic line of kombucha, I was able to work with the athletic nutritionists for the Washington Football Team (now the Commanders),” said Henderson. “The formulas are based on their elite, athletic nutritional needs. We tested it with their athletes and now, for the last two seasons, it has been incorporated into their athletic nutritional regimen.”

The three flavors in the athletic line are Blue Hawaii, Purple Crush and its best seller, Red Line, the most nutrient dense kombucha they carry. “All three have coconut water and banana, and then the other ingredients are specific to different elements of athletic performance, hydration or recovery," Henderson said.

"The Good Reverend" said he started making kombucha because of the health benefits, and then over the course of the years it became a passion and he wanted to make it taste even better.

“We never had any intention of starting a company, we just loved kombucha," said Henderson. "Now, to hear people tell us ours has had a substantial impact on the quality of their life is such an honor. It's the most satisfying thing that we could ever hear. A lot of people say they love the flavors, but whenever the quality of a person's life is markedly improved, you have to take a step back and realize that there was another plan.”

One of its true believers is Anna, a girl with cystic fibrosis, per Henderson.

“She’s on an incredible amount of antibiotics that are just absolutely wrecking her digestive health and she can’t keep many foods down,” he said. “But, she loves our kombucha and has started to see her daily health and the way she feels throughout the course of the day improve drastically.”

In addition to selling kombucha in various retailers from D.C. to Charlottesville, Henderson also takes it on the road. “The Good Trailer is a 1970 horse trailer we converted into a beautiful mobile bar using reclaimed building materials,” he said. “We use it for weddings, parties and other events. We'll also take it to farmers’ markets.”

This season, they’ll be at local farmers’ markets in Charlottesville, Haymarket, Brambleton and more.

The Good Reverend Kombucha Co. is a real family business. Henderson's sons, Ashton, age 15, and Tanner, 14, work part-time in the company while attending school online.

“It’s been really nice to have them available to help during the week and with the farmers’ markets on weekends,” he said. His 10-year-old daughter Piper, who attends Bradley Elementary School, also helps out at the farmers’ markets. Another daughter, 3-year-old Charlie Ann, goes to Warrenton United Methodist Preschool and is just a consumer of the company at this point.

Henderson and his family reside on a 20-acre farm in Warrenton with chickens, sheep, and gardens, and The Good Reverend Kombucha Co. helps support Hope Heals, his wife Lindsey’s nonprofit in Warrenton that provides clothing and other goods for people in need.

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For more information and to see all The Good Reverend Co. flavors offered, go to tgrkombucha.com.

This article originally appeared in the April 2022 issue of Warrenton Lifestyle. Read the issue here.

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