Even though Cincinnati’s rife with independent kombucha purveyors like Skinny Piggy and Fab Ferments, entrepreneur Natalie Jenkins saw a way to enter her own line of the fermented beverage into the ring. In June 2019 she launched Motherlode Kombucha and started selling bottles at the Montgomery farmers market. (The “mother” part refers to the bacteria used to ferment the ’buch.) A one-woman operation, Jenkins brews the kombucha at Covington’s Kickstart Kitchen and bottles and kegs it for distribution. A lot of kombuchas are either too sweet or not fizzy enough, but Motherlode’s hits the right spot (think GT’s Kombucha). Her flavors — apple-ginger, pineapple-turmeric and hibiscus-rose — can be found on draft and in bottles at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate, Sunny Blu Coffeehouse, Commonwealth Bistro and Poke Hut, with more places carrying it in the future. Motherlode Kombucha, motherlodekombucha.com.