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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mountain Valley Culinary Ambassador Chef Michael Reed Supports His Community
Mountain Valley was proud to work with our Culinary Ambassador Chef Michael Reed by donating water to the Skid Row Housing Trust in conjunction with one of the many initiatives that Reed and his restaurant, Poppy & Rose, do to support their downtown LA community. On this day, Reed and his team donated hundreds of meals - along with bottles of Mountain Valley - to the staff of the organization that provides permanent supportive housing to people who have experienced homelessness, prolonged extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and/or addiction so that they can lead safe, stable lives in wellness.
Chef Crystal De Luna Bogan Floats on with Mountain Valley
Mountain Valley Culinary Ambassador Chef Crystal de Luna Bogan has perfected the art of the grilled cheese sandwich at her three The Grilled Cheeserie locations around Nashville. Now, she’s turned her attention to perfecting milkshakes and floats — with a little help from Mountain Valley Spring Water. See how Chef de Luna Bogan uses our Sparkling Blackberry Pomegranate to turn a simple ice cream float into something that feels magically refreshing.
Taking Mountain Valley Fandom to New Heights
Straight from the heart of the Ouachita mountains to the Rocky Mountain State of Colorado, Mountain Valley would like to give thanks for bringing us along your incredible journey. Fan and founder of Foot Doctor Sports, Seth Minter maintains a passion for training top athletes around the world, teaching and learning from others and believes that any and all training should be done as close to nature as possible. Keep climbing and keep growing!
Mark Scott - Living & Delivering the American Dream
It’s pretty intriguing to follow Mountain Valley LA’s founding distributor
president, Mark Scott on his journey in living and delivering the “American
Mountain Valley Spring Water has been a part of Scott’s family since the 1970’s. What started as his father’s small dairy distribution business in the flat planes of Indianapolis has since expanded to the hills and valleys of Los Angeles and beyond.
He is a true voice, equal parts wanderlust and wise about the everyday lives he has touched and the Mountain Valley’s rich heritage as America’s Original Spring Water.
Music — The Language of the Spirit
Mountain Valley Spring Water has fueled creative spirits for decades, from Hildegarde to Elvis to many of today’s popular artists. As a sponsor of Luck Reunion, the annual “anti-festival” at Willie Nelson’s ranch in Luck, Texas, we’re thrilled to continue that tradition. Luck unites chefs, artisan craftspeople and musicians such as Nashville’s own Langhorne Slim. We simply keep them hydrated.
1908 — Strangers on a Train: Two Moguls Bet Big on Mountain Valley
On a train from Hot Springs, Arkansas to New York City in 1908, two strangers struck an unlikely partnership over bottles of Mountain Valley Spring Water. In the first of our “Talking Bottles” series, hear this story directly from the source.
A Mountain-inspired Cocktail Recipe
Mountain Valley Spring Water comes together with craft distillery Ventura Spirits and their foraged Wilder Gin. The Ventura Spirits mission is to use the natural and agricultural bounty of California's central coast to handcraft spirits that take on the taste of the land. Their passion for capturing natural American goodness caught our eye, and their Wilder Foraged Gin Fizz made our mouths water. We talked with them about how they’re contributing to the great spirits tradition.
Secretariat’s (not so) secret weapon
The key to winning the Triple Crown may be in the water. The winter 1974 Mountain Valley newsletter featured a curious column titled “If Tweedy or Laurin Should Call.” The report says horse-racing legend Secretariat’s famed trainer, Lucien Laurin, and owner Helen Tweedy gave the thoroughbred Mountain Valley Spring Water when the horse had health problems. They were so thrilled with his recovery that Secretariat continued to drink Mountain Valley throughout his career, and they continued the hydration practice with Secretariat’s offspring. “(I)f someone named Tweedy or Laurin should phone you and ask you for 25 or 50 five-gallon bottles, it’s not for a small pool … but for a young brother of the distinguished chestnut-haired gentleman with four legs.”
Part Chef, Part Pioneer: Meet Daniel Bruce
In his 30-plus years as a chef, Daniel Bruce has blazed new food trails. He cares about his ingredients just as much as he cares about his staff and guests. And, of course, he cares about his water, which is why only the crisp, pure taste of Mountain Valley will do.
Making memories with Amanda Shires
Some of our happiest memories involve music. In 2018, Mountain Valley spent some remarkable moments with the incredible Amanda Shires. At AMERICANAFEST in Nashville and the annual Newport Folk Festival, we watched Amanda sip from our green bottles before bringing down the house with her refreshingly distinct style of country-folk-rock. That same year, Mountain Valley sponsored Garden & Gun’s Made in the South Awards, where we listened to Amanda and her fiddle make their magic in the event’s Back Porch Session with our water by her side. Cheers to more musical memories!
Bringing Mountainous Refreshment to South Florida’s Gulf Coast
Aqua Systems believes water should be clear, easy and simple. That’s why they’ve teamed with Mountain Valley. Based in Fort Myers, Florida, Aqua Systems delivers our purely sourced, award-winning waters up and down the Sunshine State’s Gulf Coast. From Mountain Valley’s 5-gallon glass water-cooler bottles to our single-serving sparkling waters and every bottle in between, we’re proud to partner with Aqua Systems to help get our water direct from its source deep in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains to our many Florida fans. It couldn’t be clearer, simpler or easier. Thank you, Aqua Systems!
Among the Greats
Mountain Valley has a great history with our friends at MADE SOUTH, so it’s no surprise we had a blast working with them on their Great Slider Showdown events in 2018 and 2019. Culinary “greats” Alton Brown, Maneet Chauhan, Sean Brock and more critiqued top regional chefs as they competed for “greatest” slider bragging rights. It was a one-of-a-kind experience in Nashville. And we were proud to be there to help keep all these greats refreshed.
A Perfect Pairing With The Peach Truck
We collaborated with the folks from The Peach Truck in Nashville for this refreshing Sparkling Peach Sangria recipe. Unlike grocery-store peaches, The Peach Truck’s peaches are picked from its orchards and delivered directly to its customers mere hours later, for a level of farm-to-table freshness that can’t be beat. It’s the taste experience that nature intended, much like the natural American goodness of Mountain Valley Spring Water. Check out the link below for the recipe and to learn more about The Peach Truck.
Two True Originals Coming Together at Home
Thank you Jesse Brooks! The songwriter and digital producer brought us into his New Orleans home, combining the refreshing taste of Mountain Valley Spring Water with our vintage-style dispenser (which was included with purchase). What started as a family tradition while vacationing in Hot Springs, Arkansas has become an everyday home essential — and a beautiful one at that. Jesse and his family will always have a sip of Hot Springs with them. Sign up for Home Delivery and order yours today!
Upcycling with Mountain Valley: Keeping our green bottles green
We think our emerald-green glass bottles are beautiful. We think they’re even more beautiful when they find new lives and purposes. From simply recycling them, which we always encourage, to upcycling them into household decor, here’s a look at what to do with your empty emerald vessels.
Of Mobsters, Moonshine and Mountain Valley
Nestled amid the rolling slopes of The Ouachita Mountains, our hometown of Hot Springs, Arkansas is quiet and off the beaten path; a secluded secret waiting to be discovered. The area has attracted some notorious visitors over the years, including the infamous Al Capone. The mobster lived part-time in suite 443 of The Arlington Resort Hotel. The Fort Smith Times Record reported Capone’s suite housed a secret passage to the Ohio Club, Arkansas’s oldest bar. Capone would strike moonshine deals at the club, then sneak his illegal booze back to Chicago in bottles labeled “Mountain Valley Water.” Using our name to traffic illicit alcohol? We’re not sure how to feel about that. But clearly it worked.
Mountain Valley & Exotico Tequila = A Winning Combination
Mountain Valley teamed up with Exotico Tequila to present an array of
cocktails celebrating the naturally delicious combination of our Sparkling
Essence flavors with its premium tequilas. Exotico crafts unaged tequilas
made with 100% blue agave. They’re the perfect complement to the crisp clean
taste of Mountain Valley Spring Water.
Whether you like a simple spritz or consider yourself an expert mixologist, there are plenty of cocktails to choose from at the link below.
Babe Ruth Gets into the Swing of Hot Springs
Before Major League Baseball sent its players to Florida and Arizona for spring training, it sent them to Hot Springs, Arkansas. The city served as the preseason home for the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Nationals, Chicago White Stockings and Boston Red Sox in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Spring training as fueled by some of the world’s purest spring water? We like it! Perhaps the most famous ball player to ever swing a bat in Hot Springs: The Great Bambino himself, Babe Ruth. The Sultan of Swat is said to have hit his first-ever 500-foot home run in Hot Springs’ Whittington Park. It proved to be the start of a long and fruitful career for The Babe. We like to think, maybe there was something in the water.
A Match Made in Mississippi
We’re always proud to partner with other great Southern brands and makers, like the folks at Cathead Distillery in Jackson, Mississippi. Mississippi-born and bred, Cathead is the state's first legal still — opened more than 100 years after prohibition. Cathead crafts high quality small-batch spirits. Its signature vodka has proven to be a perfect complement to Mountain Valley — so perfect, in fact, Cathead offered a special limited-edition collaboration package featuring its vodka, a bottle of our Sparkling Water and a recipe for “The Porch Swing” cocktail, perfect for summer sipping on porches and anywhere else.
Byrne Offutt - Finding His Way Back To The Source
Byrne Offutt grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was living in L.A. when he decided to go back to the source and started distributing Mountain Valley Spring Water. For Byrne, it made sense. He felt a connection. Mountain Valley is a Hot Springs original. So is he. Byrne spoke with us about his decade-long tenure with the company in L.A., the balance he feels at work, the rise of the farm-to-table movement in California, and how America’s original spring water company fit right into it.
From Death & Co, A Burger-Fries-Soda Combo That’s Anything But Ordinary
Death & Co is a restaurant and bar that has moved the bar. It’s a bar that has pushed the bar into realms previously unknown. We asked Death & Co Denver executive chef Jonathan Merrill to dream up a delicious Mountain Valley-based beverage. He, of course, took that bar and raised it, to include not just this effervescent Mountain Valley Sparkling Water creation, but these outstanding burger and fries recipes to go with it.
Water, the Gold Standard of Hydration
At Mountain Valley, we believe wholeheartedly in the power of water. Proper hydration has been linked to countless health benefits, from improved memory and mood, to healthier skin, shinier hair and fewer headaches. And, to be properly hydrated, nothing beats water.
Raising Glasses and Funds in the Big Easy
Every now and then, we have the good fortune of spending a little time in the Big Easy. Such was the case in June of 2021, when Mountain Valley once again sponsored the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. Between sips of fine wines and craft beers, and bites from dozens (and dozens) of the restaurants that make up the Crescent City’s soul, Mountain Valley was there to refresh palates with our award-winning spring waters. This year’s event raised funds for the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute as well as Cafe Reconcile, which offers employment and job training to NOLA youth. In its almost 30 years, the event has raised more than $1.5 million for local culinary organizations. To that, we say: Cheers!