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



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 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.


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.


Healthy Gift Giving

Give the gift of healthy this holiday season 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 do our own last minute shopping spend time with our family.

  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. Bag of Bucha ($41+tax)
    Purchase two 32 ounce bottles of bucha, a t-shirt and we’ll throw in a branded Bootleg Bucha reusable canvas bag.
  3. Gift Certificates (any denomination)
    Order a gift certificate in any denomination, we’ll even calculate a specific purchase for you in advance (12 Pack Jack is $43.49 after tax).
  4. Six Pack of 32’s ($54+tax)
    Grab a six pack of healthy. Prefill each bottle or let that lucky someone choose the flavor themselves. This comes with a black reusable bag to carry your gifts. Perfect for an individual or couple.
  5. You’re Fired Cider ($8.99 or $14.99+tax)
    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. The 4 & 8 ounce bottles make for a great stocking stuffer and can be left at room temperature until opened.
  6. 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. Give as a gift or simply bring to the party to share with friends and family. It great for digesting fruit cake, chip dip, ginger bread men and more. Only available at 1250 Niagara or by gift certificate.

Interested in kombucha cocktails, try these recipes with your family & friends. Happy holidays from all of us at Bootleg Bucha!


Kombucha Cocktail Menu

At our Grand Opening/One Year Anniversary Party we introduced several kombucha cocktails to your palate. As requested by many of our guests we’ve posted the cocktail recipes here. Make them at home or stop by our partners to try (limited availability). Enjoy responsibly!

  1. Apple of My Eye
    Five ounces Bootleg Bucha Apple Spice Kombucha, five ounces of Bootleg Bucha Pomegranate Kombucha, six ounces Big Ditch Cinnamon Apple Amber Ale. Stir & serve.
  2. Gonna Spruce Up the HERC-Cane
    Two parts Bootleg Bucha Hurricane Kombucha, one part Flying Bison Buffalo Lager, 1 part Flying Bison HERC Barleywine, Mango Puree, Bitters. Stir & add fruit garnish then serve.
  3. Hopped Up Hibiscus
    Mix 2oz Lockhouse Single Hop Spirit,  1oz Lockhouse Ibisco Bitter,  1oz Hydrated Tonka Bean Paste,  2.5oz Bootleg Bucha Hibiscus Lime Kombucha. Stir in ice filled mixing glass. Pour over large ice cube. Garnished with dehydrated lime wheel.
  4. House of The Rising Sun- (Collaboration Contest Winner)
    Beet Infused Gin, Bootleg Bucha Ginger Kombucha, Thin Man Elmwood Beach, Apple Cider Vinegar Reduction, Simple and Dehydrated Beet Garnish.
  5. Kettle Sour Apple Pie Holy Moly Me Oh My
    Two and a half gallons of Bootleg Bucha Apple Spice Kombucha, two and a half gallons Community Beer Works Three Heads Collaboration Joint Venture Hoppy Sour, Cinnamon Lemon Simple Syrup. Fill keg & shake gently as you carry it down the street. If you don’t have kegging capabilities, use 1 part kombucha, 1 part beer.
  6. The Perfect Storm
    Pour one part Bootleg Bucha Hurricane Kombucha, one part 42 North Enforcer Fall Galaxy Double IPA into glass & serve.
  7. Blackman’s Bootlegger
    Add a quarter scoop of ice, three ounces Blackman Farm Apple Cider, three ounces of Bootleg Bucha Apple Spice Kombucha, one ounce fresh squeezed orange juice, one shot of bourbon & stir.
  8. Breezer Colada
    Add a quarter scoop of ice, six ounces of Bootleg Bucha Pina Colada, a shot of dark rum, a shot of coconut rum & stir.
  9. GinBerry
    Add a quarter scoop of ice, six ounces of Bootleg Bucha Blueberry Lavender, one shot of Lockhouse Gin, a splash of lemon juice & stir.
  10. West Side Mule
    Add a quarter scoop of ice, six ounces of Bootleg Bucha Ginger Kombucha, one shot of Lockhouse Vodka, a splash of lime & stir.
  11. Hibiscus Margarita (featured on Buffalo Spree cover, July 2016)
    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.

Non-Alcoholic Kombucha Floats

  1. Music to My Mouth- Berry Good
    One scoop of Sweet Melody’s Raspberry Sorbet with Bootleg Bucha Tart Cherry Mint Kombucha poured over.
  2. Music to My Mouth- Sweet Blueberry
    One scoop of Sweet Melody’s Sweet Cream Gelato with Bootleg Bucha Blueberry Lavender Kombucha poured over.

The combinations are endless.

Have your own recipe that you love, feel free to send it to us here!