The definition of kombucha is as follows:
While the process of making kombucha dates back well over 2,000+ years, it’s recent popularity has created many producers of different levels of authenticity. We’ve always been open and transparent of our process as you can see in our media coverage & social media. True kombucha is made with a simple essential process:
This process takes approximately one to three weeks (varies due to many factors) from start to finish. It is critical for the presence of probiotics (good bacteria), antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids. The end result is a raw, (ours happens to also be low sugar), probiotic, carbonated healthy beverage.
Why is this important?
This process results in raw kombucha, and therefore biologically active. The fermentation process continues as long as bacteria and yeast have sugars to feed on. Yeast are temperature sensitive, and cold temperatures keep them less active.
We pride ourselves in sticking to the original orgins and maintaining a healthy, raw, product as we grow. Keeping kombucha cold, It is an important means to ensure the quality remains consistent and compliant. If you see kombucha in a non refrigerated environment, that is a strong indicator that it is not raw and true to the definition of kombucha. Kombucha that is not raw does not follow the natural process and therefore has been altered to mimic the taste and health benefits of kombucha. It’s important to note that the process is not the same, the cost is not the same, the benefits are not the same and most importantly the profits are not the same. Raw kombucha requires time, equipment, expertise and is an artisanal craft beverage. It’s much easier (and cheaper) make something taste like kombucha with probiotics added at the end than to slowly ferment and monitor a traditional raw batch of bucha, let alone the distribution costs to keep the product cold from second fermentation to end user.
All kombucha is not equal.
We wish it was as easy as reading the label, but unfortunately it is not. A few signs to look for are on the ingredients. Label regulations require ingredients to be listed in descending order with the first being most predominate and the last being the smallest component.
Thanks for keeping it real, we’re doing our best to keep kombucha the same. Find 100% Raw, Live, Kombucha near you.
PS. Order online and we ship across USA.
Gift giving with these special items from Bootleg Bucha. Order online or at 1250 Niagara Street. Please note that our retail store will be closed on 12/24 & 12/25 so we can spend time with our family.
Interested in kombucha cocktails, try these recipes with your family & friends. Be safe, have fun and a happy holiday from all of us at Bootleg Bucha!
This is our first attempt at doing live interviews with people that we feel can spread the good word about living a healthy lifestyle. I think you may recognize our first interviewee, Tom Brady.
Todd: Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to talk about yourself and healthy lifestyles.
Tom: Of course, I’m happy to be here, I love the city of Buffalo, the fluctuations of weather and such.
Todd: You are known for being very healthy, can you tell me about how you started to focus on healthy eating & drinking?
Tom: I’ve always been very active, I enjoy doing many physical things and I’d like to make sure my body and mind are working together. To the point that I’ve made it my career as a certified personal trainer.
Todd: And what do you consume on a daily basis?
Tom: I like a variety, I typically eat nutrition dense, medium protein foods. I try to stay away from artificial food products and stick to eating real food. I take a hands on approach as I prepare much of what I consume, including kombucha, which is part of the reason I applied to work here.
Todd: Other than the obvious, how to do keep so fit? Weightlifting? Treadmill? Yoga?
Tom: So, what I do is called movnat, which is a teaching system for natural movement skills. In laymen terms, teaching basic skills of locomotion, movement through complex environments, and manipulations of objects, ie lifting, throwing, catching, running. Sometimes my workout will have weightlifting, a traditional barbell or dumbell- or it could be a non traditional object like a sandbag or a few kegs of Bootleg Bucha.
Todd: You’ve got a job that many people dream about, can you tell me more about what keeps you focused?
Tom: Just that we are making a product here that gives people a healthy alternative, much better than a soda, and that reaches many people from a diverse background. Thousands of bottles are consumed daily and I think that is real cool, I’m proud to be a part of that.
Todd: People keep asking, do you have a prediction for the game on Sunday?
Tom: Honestly no, the way the Bills have been playing, we don’t know if the Bills will pull something out and have an upset or the crowd will go home early. It’s hard to tell.
Todd: Tell us about Bootleg Bucha, you’ve been with us since September.
Tom: Because of my interest in making kombucha and homebrewing, I thought it’d be interesting to learn the ins and outs of production for the mass population. I’m really happy with my choice, it’s a small tight knit group of coworkers who all work hard to get the job done, but we still get to have a good time and have fun. I get to try all of the new flavors first and having access is a nice perk.
Last but not least, GO BILLS!
Our expansion is almost complete and…
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
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.
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 loveinmotion.yoga/events
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.
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:
For those regulars, we are now “officially” open Monday.
Stay tuned for more.
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.
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.