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Mountain Valley Spring Water was born in 1871 which proudly makes this year, 2021, our 150th! And to celebrate, we’re sharing 150 stories right here on this site as an homage to our history, our community, pure, raw nature, music, health, hydration, good food, natural, American goodness, and the source of it all.

STORY 01

Thank You for 150 Years

STORY 01

Thank You For
150 Years

2021 marks our 150th anniversary, and to honor the occasion we want to say thank you. Thank you to our friends, fans, employees, distributors and those along the way who have helped make us America’s favorite premium spring water.

STORY 02

Mountain Valley Springs
to Life in 1871

STORY 02

Mountain Valley Springs to Life in 1871

In 1871, pharmacist Peter Greene and his brother John put their money where their health was, investing in a mineral spring in The Ouachita Mountains in Hot Springs, Arkansas. They renamed the spring after a nearby township, bottling its waters for distribution throughout the region. And so Mountain Valley Spring Water sprang to life.

STORY 03

Water Fit for a King

STORY 03

Water Fit for a King

Among Mountain Valley’s famous fans, one remains King. The legendary Elvis Presley was a dedicated devotee of Mountain Valley — so much so that requests for our water often appeared in the riders for his shows, and a green bottle remains on display at Graceland. Today, Mountain Valley is proud to serve as the official water at the Guest House at Graceland.

STORY 04

America’s
Winningest Water

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America’s Winningest Water

The Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting is, as we like to say, the Academy Awards of Water. It’s also one of our favorite places to spend a day each year, sipping outstanding waters from around the world and seeing where Mountain Valley ranks among them (spoiler: quite high).

STORY 05

A Partnership Full of Good
Luck and Good Music

STORY 05

A Partnership Full of Good Luck
and Good Music

Mountain Valley has made a number of appearances at the legendary Willie Nelson’s ranch in Luck, Texas for the annual Luck Reunion music festival. This annual “anti-festival” is dedicated to cultivating and celebrating the evolution of our shared American roots. As America’s premium spring water, we share this vision and applaud the harmony, unity and inspiration of this uniquely American music and cultural gathering. In addition to the Reunion, Mountain Valley has been fortunate to be the official water partner at many Luck events, showcasing musical artists and chefs including the Luck Showboat and at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville.

STORY 06

Preserving Southern Food Culture and Heritage

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Preserving Southern Food
Culture and Heritage

Mountain Valley is honored to have a seat at the table - even when the table is virtual - for the Symposiums put on by the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA). These seasonal events bring together chefs, journalists, scholars and supporters for good meals, compelling conversation and a celebration of art and food culture. As a longtime partner of the SFA, Mountain Valley annually supports their mission to document, study, and explore the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.

STORY 07

The Original Mountain Valley Resort Drew International Acclaim

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The Original Mountain Valley Resort Drew International Acclaim

Back in 1871, Mountain Valley Spring Water’s founders believed these mineral springs could cure almost any ailment. Soon after buying the property, pharmacist Peter Greene and his brother John built a two-story hotel where guests could bathe in the springs and imbibe their refreshing, mineral-rich waters. The resort proved popular, drawing guests from as far away as Austria and Germany.

STORY 08

Mountain Valley Spotlights LEE Initiative at
the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

STORY 08

Mountain Valley Spotlights LEE Initiative at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

As presenting sponsor of the 2018 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Mountain Valley Spring Water hosted a collaboration with Chef Edward Lee and his LEE Initiative along with the filmmakers behind “THE HEAT: A Kitchen (R)evolution” — a documentary showcasing the challenges female chefs face in today's male-dominated kitchens.

STORY 09

Our Water
to Your Door
Since 1871

It took much more than leg work to make Mountain Valley Spring Water the first bottled water to be delivered coast to coast in the U.S. It took mule work and wagon work and 55-gallon drums hauled in the beds of Ford Model Ts.

We continue to deliver America's Premium Spring Water Direct From the source to your door. Pure and crisp.

STORY 10

Wellness Hits
the Big Leagues

STORY 10

Wellness Hits the Big Leagues

Executive Chef Jenny Perez has the unique job of keeping Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles nourished. Mountain Valley met with her to learn more about her mission to transform the way people see food — focusing on the incredible healing power of eating well, while educating people along the way.

STORY 11

Popping Up with
Our Friends at Goop

STORY 11

Popping Up with Our Friends at Goop

You never know where Mountain Valley Spring Water might pop up, including Goop pop-ups. We took part in a Goop Dallas pop-up that was big on Southern charm and included a shoppable pantry stocked with Goop kitchen mainstays, such as Mountain Valley’s iconic green glass bottles, as well as The Blue Apron Cookbook, Goop x Staub exclusive cookware, and more. We had so much fun, we followed Goop to Newport Beach, California where Mountain Valley Spring Water featured in festive cocktails for a holiday pop-up that brought the annual Goop gift guides to life.

STORY 12

A Gathering of
Southern Makers
and Artisans

STORY 12

A Gathering of Southern Makers and Artisans

Through our 150 years, Mountain Valley has been proud to support Southern makers and artisans such as Alabama Chanin. The Florence, Alabama-based lifestyle company produces design-minded, thoughtfully crafted goods with a focus on sustainable sourcing that emphasizes repurposed and reclaimed materials. Each year, Alabama Chanin hosts The Gathering, a community picnic celebrating and connecting local brands, makers, artisans and collaborators, and an event in which Mountain Valley is proud to take part.

STORY 13

1950’s era Mountain
Valley Spring Water
advertisement

STORY 13

1950’s era Mountain Valley Spring Water advertisement

Metal signs such as this vintage Mountain Valley Spring Water advertisement were popular in the early to mid 1900s and would appear across the country at roadside gas stations and neighborhood markets.

STORY 14

Mountain Valley Culinary Ambassador
Chef Michael Reed on Community

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Mountain Valley Culinary Ambassador Chef Michael Reed on Community

One of Mountain Valley’s first Culinary Ambassadors, Chef Michael Reed is a recognizable favorite around Los Angeles, well known for his restaurants, including the popular brunch spot Poppy + Rose. He shares his thoughts on the importance of family and supporting the community.

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PROUDLY
ROOTED

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Proudly Rooted

We named our company Mountain Valley for a reason: to honor this land that, for centuries, has been a source of life. Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas is more than our home, it’s our essence.

STORY 16

Chef Steve Samson Supports
Alma Backyard Farms

STORY 16

Chef Steve Samson Supports
Alma Backyard Farms

Chef Steve Samson of Rossoblu works with Alma Backyard Farms to bring Natural American Goodness back to their community through food. Alma Backyard Farms helps the formerly incarcerated reclaim their lives by building and working urban farms in disenfranchised communities in Los Angeles.

STORY 17

The Power of Balance

STORY 17

The Power of Balance

For 150 years, Mountain Valley Spring Water has been naturally infused with trace minerals that give it a slightly alkaline pH. This balanced alkalinity has been shown to neutralize acids and detoxify our bodies. Our water comes by its balancing benefits the old-fashioned way, through time and the hard work of Mother Nature.

STORY 18

Mountain Valley Supports the
2019 Ouachita Challenge and
Friends of the Ouachita Trail

STORY 18

Mountain Valley Supports the 2019 Ouachita Challenge and Friends of the Ouachita Trail

Mountain Valley is proud to support community organizations such as the Friends of the Ouachita Trail at the Ouachita Challenge, a two-day, 60-plus mile mountain biking event along the scenic Ouachita Trail in Oden, Arkansas.

STORY 19

A Mid-Summer Gathering
in the Smoky Mountains

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A Mid-Summer Gathering in the Smoky Mountains

Tucked away on the wooded Maryville College campus in the foothills of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, RT Lodge is a boutique inn loaded with charm. The Gathering at RT Lodge featured a weekend of revelry, great food and drink and, of course, Mountain Valley Spring Water. Renowned chefs cooked throughout three-day event, including RT Lodge’s own Trevor Stockton, Andy Little from Josephine in Nashville, Richard Neal of The Admiral in Asheville, Rick Mace from Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach, Emily Blount from Saint Leo in Oxford, along with special guests Allan Benton of Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Colleen Cruze of Cruze Farm, Distiller Shannon Walker and more.

STORY 20

Back to the Source Film Winner at 26th Anniversary
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

STORY 20

Back to the Source Film Winner at 26th Anniversary Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Deep within The Ouachita Mountains, on the doorstep of a national park, lies the unforgettable spa city of Hot Springs, Arkansas. There the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is host to North America's oldest all-documentary film festival. For the Festival's 26th anniversary…

STORY 21

The Deer Mountain Inn Evergreen Collins Cocktail Recipe: Bringing Together Mountain Goodness

This Evergreen Collins cocktail was inspired by the beauty and bounty of the Catskill Mountains and is sourced from a single spruce tree situated right in front of the Deer Mountain Inn in Tannersville, New York. When it comes to finding inspired flavors, the Inn’s beverage director Artem Grishin is a pro, and a fan of Mountain Valley sparkling water. “We love the water and I use it for all of the Collins cocktails. It’s the perfect amount of carbonation.”

Artem’s tips and tricks are infusing the gin in a pressure cooker and using the same pine from the same spruce to craft a simple syrup. Click below to learn more and get the recipe so you can enjoy this flavorful and refreshing sparkling cocktail year-round.

STORY 22

Mountain Valley
Spring Water Bottled
at The Source

STORY 22

Mountain Valley Spring Water Bottled at The Source

Each and every signature green glass bottle of Mountain Valley Spring Water, large and small, are filled in our plant directly from the source in Hot Springs, Arkansas, just as they have been since 1871.

STORY 23

Mountain Valley Supports
Operation BBQ Relief

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Mountain Valley Supports Operation BBQ Relief

Mountain Valley has been honored during our long history to support organizations that make an impact. One such organization is Operation BBQ Relief, a non-profit venture that responds to natural disasters and other emergencies to help feed displaced residents, first responders and personnel. We worked with Operation BBQ Relief in 2018 for a fundraising event at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland that supported wounded warriors as well as their families and hospital staff.

STORY 24

Eating, Drinking & Yoga
at Eat Drink Vegan

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Eating, Drinking & Yoga at Eat Drink Vegan

Mountain Valley Spring Water is proud to support health and wellness events across the country, including the Eat Drink Vegan festival in Pasadena, California. In addition to presenting an array of purely plant-based food and drinks, the annual event features a 5K race plus an exhilarating group yoga session, promoting full-body wellness.

STORY 25

Go where you feel most alive

STORY 25

Go where you feel most alive

Whether in pursuit of mountains, oceans or wild landscapes, go with Mountain Valley & Igloo. It’s a partnership rooted in a shared love of nature and thirst for adventure.

STORY 26

The Water of World Leaders

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The Water of World Leaders

For almost 80 years, Mountain Valley Spring Water was served in the hallowed halls of the White House. Thirteen U.S. Presidents, from Calvin Coolidge to Bill Clinton, stocked the larders of the Executive Mansion with our signature glass bottles. After President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a heart attack in 1955, he is said to have imbibed Mountain Valley Spring Water on the advice of his physician.

STORY 27

Chef Jason Witzl followed his stomach — and found Mountain Valley

STORY 27

Chef Jason Witzl followed his stomach — and found Mountain Valley

Chef Jason Witzl, the force behind the critically acclaimed Ellie’s in Long Beach, California, has always let his stomach be his guide. This flavor-first system led Chef Witzl to Mountain Valley Spring Water, which he uses for everything from cocktails to boiling pasta.

STORY 28

From Our Home to Yours

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From Our Home to Yours

Bringing an all around 5-star experience from the heart of the Ouachita Mountains to the Hudson Valley.

STORY 29

Mountain Valley on the Big (and Small!) Screen

Mountain Valley has a lot of famous fans. It’s no surprise our iconic green-glass bottles are always ready for a close-up. We’ve spotted Mountain Valley in recent years on the small screen in popular television favorites, including Parks & Recreation, Black-ish and The Morning Show. Our glass bottles have also graced the big screen alongside Adam Sandler and Katie Holmes in 2011’s Jack & Jill and again in 2017’s Home Again starring Reese Witherspoon. No autographs, please.

STORY 30

Building community by bringing yoga to the people

STORY 30

Building community by bringing yoga to the people

Yoga In the Rock shares our passion for wellness and the outdoors. And together, we’ve helped take yoga out of the studio and into the community of Little Rock, Arkansas.

STORY 31

Arkansas meets Austin

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Arkansas meets Austin

We love supporting other great Southern brands. When our friends at Austin Eastciders — makers of quality craft ciders in Texas — launched in our great home state of Arkansas, we jumped at the chance to collaborate. That’s how this refreshing recipe for Apple Citrus Vodka Soda was born. Click the link to try it for yourself.

STORY 32

Mountain Valley Presents Culinary
Project Ambassadors

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Mountain Valley Presents Culinary Project Ambassadors

In 2020, we launched The Mountain Valley Culinary Project to forward our mission to bring people together through the natural American goodness of outstanding food, drink, and the culinary experts who bring it to the table. The Mountain Valley Culinary Project Ambassador program features an elite group of respected members of the hospitality community invited to guide the brand’s mission through a year-long collaboration. Our inaugural Culinary Ambassadors include Chef Michael Reed of Poppy + Rose in Los Angeles, Chef Crystal De Luna-Bogan of The Grilled Cheeserie in Nashville, Master Sommelier June Rodil of Goodnight Hospitality in Houston, Chef William Dissen of Haymaker & The Market Place in Charlotte and Asheville, and Chef Andrew Lim of PERILLA Korean American Cuisine in Chicago.

STORY 33

Drinking spring water from glass and aluminum bottles tastes better

STORY 33

Drinking spring water from glass and aluminum bottles tastes better

We refuse to compromise our water. Our glass and aluminum bottles are for more than just looks. Both keep Mountain Valley Spring water pure, balanced and refreshing, from the moment it leaves our springs to the moment you twist off the cap and take that first delicious gulp.

STORY 34

Happy 100th birthday to Hot Springs National Park

STORY 34

Happy 100th birthday to Hot Springs National Park

This is a big year. Not just for us but for a close friend, as well. As Mountain Valley Spring Water turns 150, we’re proud to raise a glass to Hot Springs National Park because our beautiful neighbor turns 100 this year. That’s right, on March 4, 1921, Hot Springs was made an official national park by President Woodrow Wilson. Visitors to this unique national park can soak in the thermal waters, drink spring water from the fountains and hike densely wooded slopes - all just steps away from downtown Hot Springs.

STORY 35

A Lesson in Local Sourcing with Culinary Ambassador William Dissen

STORY 35

A Lesson in Local Sourcing with Culinary Ambassador William Dissen

Mountain Valley Culinary Ambassador William Dissen is a passionate supporter of sourcing locally, something he does everyday at his restaurants. Chef Dissen shared with Mountain Valley a few recipes showcasing some of the great local ingredients that make his North Carolina home special, including a Southern Fritto Misto Platter, highlighting seasonal vegetables and served with a ramp aioli, and a Wild Violet Vodka Spritz. Click to view the full recipes.

STORY 36

STEP UP YOUR HYDRATION AT HOME

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STEP UP YOUR HYDRATION AT HOME

Naturally rich with minerals and refreshingly great taste. Get it delivered to your door in 2.5 or 5 gallon glass bottles. Step up your hydration game with Mountain Valley Spring Water.

STORY 37

1980’s Mountain Valley Spring Water Advertisement

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1980’s Mountain Valley Spring Water Advertisement

This “sell sheet” from the 1980s would have been used by Mountain Valley distributors to spread the good word about our premium water to potential customers.

STORY 38

Chef Marcel Vigneron on
Sourcing the Best Ingredients

STORY 38

Chef Marcel Vigneron on Sourcing the Best Ingredients

One of the World Food Championships’ top 10 competitors of 2019 and “Top Chef” alum Marcel Vigneron is a chef who takes pride in sourcing the best ingredients. He sees the earth as a grocery store. No wonder Mountain Valley is his favorite water.