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Expanded Capacity, New Hours, Brewing Class & Lower Prices!!!

Our expansion is almost complete and…

  1. We are expanding our capacity
    We thought our initial footprint at 1250 Niagara Street would hold us over for 3-5 years. In fact, we completed construction on August 26, 2016 and by April 2017 we were already looking to expand. We expect to complete our expansion in the next 30 days and our capacity will dramatically increase. This means more Bootleg Bucha for all!
  2. We are adjusting our tasting room hours
    Due to our new facility layout, our crew will not be able to work in production AND keep an eye on our retail counter. With that said, we are shrinking our hours slightly. Our updated hours are:
    Mon & Tues 9-6 (from 9-7)
    Weds – Friday 9-7 (same)
    Saturday 10-4 (from 9-5)
    Sun 11-3 (same)
    This will give us the opportunity to still staff our busiest hours and focus on what we do best. As you know, we are constantly tweaking our hours and pay close attention to our customers bucha patterns.
  3. Our next kombucha brewing class will be on November 6.
    Each class sells out quickly. Learn to brew with this 90 minute class led by Jeff Empric, our head brewer. Cost is $30 +tax and each attendee will take home everything they need to start their first batch of kombucha. Click to register.
  4. You’ll save $$ on kombucha!!!
    You’ve seen our prices drop in many of our retail locations and now they are dropping at 1250 Niagara. With our expansion and increased buying power, it’s now the time to make Bootleg Bucha more accessible. Our new pricing will take effect on October 16th – it’s our way of saying thank you. Your support & loyalty has helped us launch Bootleg Bucha, now it’s time to return the favor. Do you want to know our new prices? You’ll have to stop in and see…
  5. You’re Fired Cider coming soon.
    Our latest batch is almost ready to cure what ails you. We chopped, diced, ground and juiced well over 700lbs of fresh produce to provide the best batch of You’re Fired Cider. We start with apple cider vinegar and we add fresh ginger root, turmeric root, garlic, jalapeno, orange and onion. Let that marinate for six weeks, finish with fresh, local, honey for a smooth finish and bam! The result in an immune boosting cold & flu remedy that will get you back on your feet in no time.

Bootleg Supports Hurricane Relief

UPDATE!!! Together, we raised $1982.29 to support the people of Houston from sales on 9/2 & 9/3!


100% of sales from our retail location at 1250 Niagara Street on Saturday, September 2 & Sunday, September 3, 2017 will be donated to help the people of Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey. Our hours are 9am – 5pm on Saturday & 11am – 3pm on Sunday.

In addition, our upstairs neighbor, Love In Motion Yoga is having a donation based vinyasa yoga class on Sunday morning to raise funds as well. You can sign up here.

 Heather, Jeff & Todd


On Tap at Erie County Fair

Get Bootleg Bucha on tap at Erie County Fair from Prima Oliva

Get Bootleg Bucha on tap at Erie County Fair from Prima Oliva

We’re happy to announce that you can get fresh, local, kombucha at Prima Oliva’s stand at the Erie County Fair. We’ve got four flavors on tap located in the Erie County Fair Cooks, Kitchen & Shoppe area. Prima Oliva brought our kegerator to the fair to help build awareness for their new cafe, Prima Cafe, opening soon in the Village of Hamburg.

Their stand is located inside the Kitchen & Shoppe area. The white building has a General Store, Security Office & Lost Children Area and is located between Kiddieland, Lower Grandstand and BW’s BBQ. In addition to kombucha, their stand also has fresh kale, oils, vinegars and more. Stop in and grab a healthy meal while at the fair.

Shop local, shop healthy.

Home of Prima Oliva @ Erie County Fair



Kombucha Cocktails Are Here!

West side mule, our version of a Moscow Mule.

West side mule, our version of a Moscow Mule.

Looking for new cocktail ideas, try a kombucha cocktail and you’ll find yourself doing a real ‘cheers to health’. Kombucha adds a unique twist to familiar favorites without all of the post beverage side effects. You can make these at home or request them at a local watering hole. Some of our favorites are below:

  1. Pina Colada- This is our newest flavor release that is cocktail ready. Just add ice and the rum of your choice and you are immediately transported to a beach.
  2. West Side Mule- It’s our take on the moscow mule and is best served in a copper cup. Ice, muddled lime, Bootleg Bucha Ginger kombucha and vodka. And no, they don’t drink Moscow mules in Moscow or any part of Russia.
  3. Ginberry- Ice, Bootleg Bucha blueberry lavender kombucha, splash of lemon and gin.
  4. Shandy/Blend- Mix 50% of your favorite Bootleg Bucha kombucha flavor and 50% beer. It’s a refreshing summer favorite!
  5. Hibiscus Lime Margarita- Salt rim of glass, add a quarter scoop of ice, six ounces of Bootleg Bucha Hibiscus Lime, two shots of tequila, slice of lime and stir.
  6. Pomegranate Mimosa- Bootleg Bucha Pomegranate kombucha & champagne.

This is just a few of our favorite kombucha cocktails, experiment with your own recipes and let us know.


Downward Goat Round 2. Goat Yoga Down On The Alpine Made Farm


Goat Yoga

Goats, Yoga & Bucha

Who is ready to zen out with some goats?!

No, seriously… Baamaste!

The dream team–Love in Motion, Bootleg Bucha and Alpine Made–are bringing yoga with goats to Western New York this summer. We’re taking our mats outside for once-a-month classes surrounded by the cutest, cuddliest, snuggliest baby goats (aka kids).
Come tour the farm, stock up on soaps, drink some the bucha and OM out with the kids (baby goats, duh – but your kids can come too).

Sunday, July 23
12:00 -1:00 pm (almost full)
3:00 -4:00 pm 

Class runs an hour but show up early to reserve a spot and explore. There will be time to shop and play after class as well! Pre-registration is required as space is limited.
$20.00 per person, per class!

Registration is open for class on 7/23 at

Address: 5445 East Creek Rd South Wales, NY 14139

*** PLEASE try and carpool to these events — save some parking space and be a lil more mama nature friendly***

We will schedule rain dates closer to the date of the class in the case that we are rained out. If you cannot attend the rain dates, we can refund you. Otherwise, do the high volume and interests of this class and the limited space, registration is non-refundable. Class dates/time are non-exchangable and non-transferrable.

Guest post written by Kath, proprietor of Love In Motion Yoga and kombucha addict.


Clam Jam w/ Resurgence Brewing 6/10/17

Clams. Bucha. Beer.

Kick off the summer season with a Clam Jam blowout bash on Saturday, June 10. The party will feature our collaboration kombucha cocktail, “Cuke Duke”, kombucha slushies, live music, clams in the Resurgence biergarten, food trucks, commemorative glassware and more.

We’re roping off the parking lot, pitching tents and serving up summer in a glass.

  • Clams. Bucha. Beer.
  • Hosted by Bootleg Bucha & Resurgence Brewing
    1250 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY  14213
    11am – 10pm
    OG Wood Fired Pizza 12-2pm
    Raw & Steamed Clams start at 1pm
    Frank’s Gourmet Dogs 4-8pm
  • Featuring:
    Cuke Duke, Kombucha Cocktails, Lime Berliner Weisse release, Food Trucks, Kombucha Slushies, Music by Chris Maloney, Clams, Clams and more Clams.
  • No cost to attend, food & beverage will be available for purchase. A commemorative glass will be available for purchase for $8 (filled) and you’ll save $0.50 for each additional drink.

Cuke Duke Signature Cocktail
It’s one part Resurgence Brewing Company Cucumber Saison, one part Bootleg Bucha Hibiscus Lime. Cold, crisp, refreshing and only available on June 10. Follow our event on facebook for more details.


Clam Jam with Bootleg Bucha & Resurgence Brewing

Clam Jam with Bootleg Bucha & Resurgence Brewing


We’re Open Early & Often At 1250 Niagara

Since we started in November of 2015, we’ve been pushing to make kombucha more accessible to everyone. From a little 400 sq ft shop in the basement of Horsefeathers, we’ve grown to a 3,000 sq ft production facility at 1250 Niagara Street and are expanding again. As a result, our kombucha and You’re Fired Cider is distributed from Erie, PA to Brooklyn, NY.

With the expansion, we’ve added retail hours at 1250 Niagara. Our hours are:

  • Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm
  • Saturday 9am – 5pm
  • Sunday 11am – 3pm
  • Closed Holidays (Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, Mother’s Day.

For those regulars, we are now “officially” open Monday.

Stay tuned for more.


3/18 Prep Kitchen Pop Up & Blueberry Lavender Goat Milk Soap Launch

All right stop, pop, collaborate and listen. Join us this Saturday 3/18/17 from 11a-2p as we release blueberry lavender goat milk soap in collaboration with Alpine Made. In addition to this exciting news, we’ll be hosting Alpine Made, Butter Block (blueberry lavender donuts), Public Espresso, Farmers & Artisans and the new kid in town, Jerk It (beef jerky) in our prep kitchen pop up. You can expect fresh, local, kombucha on tap, and also be able to get the finest skincare products from Alpine Made, fresh treats & eats from Butter Block, pour overs and more from Public Espresso, locally sourced items from Farmers & Artisans and Jerk It (beef jerky).

Most importantly, we challenge you to help us fill up the Reddy Bike truck with donations. We are collecting donations for the families that were displaced due to the apartment fire on Lafayette. Bring in a donation and we’ll give you 15% off your kombucha order. The families are in need of toiletries, blankets, clothing for individuals of all ages and sizes. Drop off your items and we’ll get them to Doreen with Glendale Development. Reddy Bike has graciously offered their box truck to transport the items, lets fill it up!

Here’s the skinny.

Saturday 3/18/2017 11a-2p (Bootleg is open 11-5)
1250 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14214
Secret Release (Blueberry Lavender Goat Milk Soap)
Alpine Made, Butter Block, Public Espresso, Farmers & Artisans & Jerk It

Stay tuned and we’ll see you soon!

About Blueberry Lavender Goat Milk Soap:
When Alpine Made & Bootleg Bucha collaborate, you’ll get the same great soap in your favorite kombucha flavor. We use the same teas & lavender flower as used by Bootleg and maintain the high standards you’ve come to expect with Alpine Made. So, let us tempt you to another level by combining your favorite kombucha flavor with your most luxurious soap into one.
Coming soon! Hibiscus lime & ginger goat milk soap with more to follow.

❤️ Heather, Jeff, Todd & Kerry

Fresh Local Kombucha On Tap

It has never been easier to get kombucha on tap. From Feel Rite to Flying Bison, Washington Market, Merge, 42 North and R Space Studios, we’re bringing fresh bucha to your glass (or growler). Four Feel Rite locations (Hamburg, Delaware Ave, Maple & Transit) now have 3 tap kegerators with rotating flavors of fresh local kombucha on tap in addition to bottles.

Looking to add bucha on tap to your location, let us know. Ask us about kegerator financing.



Drink Healthy in 2017

Start 2017 off healthy with Bootleg Bucha. The health benefits of kombucha are many, including digestion, joint care, detoxification and natural energy. It’s the perfect drink before or after your workout. Our kombucha is raw, unpasteurized and fresh, using locally sourced produce whenever possible. Our small batch process ensures that each bottle is packed with probiotics, antioxidants, enzymes and vitamins to give your body a healthy boost. We’ve designed the following options to help you get in a healthy kombucha habit.

  1. Kombucha Share ($106+tax)
    This is the best way to drink healthy cost effectively and often. Prepay for 14 kombucha fills and save over $29 off our retail price. We’ll give you a brand new 32 ounce bottle to fill as often as you’d like.
  2. Six Pack Attack ($54+tax)
    Grab a six pack of healthy 32oz kombucha. This comes with a black reusable bag to carry home. Perfect for an individual or couple to share.
  3. 12 Pack Jack ($39.99+tax)
    Mix and match your favorite flavors of our 12 ounce bottles to make your very own 12 Pack Jack. Save over $8 and have a bottle in your fridge at all times. Only available at 1250 Niagara or by gift certificate.
  4. You’re Fired Cider ($8.99 or $14.99+tax)
    Not from the kombucha family, You’re Fired Cider is our natural remedy, mostly known for its ability to prevent and short-cut cold and flu symptoms. This immune boosting remedy can also stimulate digestion.

You can purchase our kombucha at over 60+ locations (and growing) or in our tasting room at 1250 Niagara Street. Our Kombucha Share, Six Pack Attack and 12 Pack Jack are only available in our tasting room. Sometimes you need to indulge, try one of these kombucha cocktail recipes.