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FAQs

It’s awesome to offer groundbreaking products that are on the cutting edge of holistic living. But with innovation comes lots of inquiries!

Here are the most frequently asked questions that we get from our customers. We hope they will help you find the answers you need. If not, contact us and we’ll be happy to help you out!

What does kombucha taste like?

Zippy. Fizzy. Tart. Sour. There are so many ways to describe this delicious drink! Kombucha is naturally sour from the fermentation process, so it’s definitely an acquired taste. (The more you drink it, the more you’ll love it!) We set out to make our kombucha enjoyable for everybody, so it’s slightly tart, slightly sweet and lightly carbonated. We’re proud of our mild and totally drinkable flavor.

Is your kombucha pasteurized?

No. Bootleg Bucha is a 100% raw kombucha, that means it is never pasteurized. Our kombucha is made with live cultures (a.k.a. beneficial bacteria) that help to boost your body’s natural gut flora.

What’s in your kombucha?

All of our kombucha flavors are made with purified water, organic black and green tea, fair trade organic cane sugar and our SCOBY. Then, each variety is flavored individually with organic juices and herbs. Through our natural fermentation process, our kombucha flavors deliver antioxidants, probiotics and vitamin B12.

What are the benefits of drinking kombucha?
This non-alcoholic beverage supplies probiotics, antioxidants and vitamin B12 in a delicious, lightly carbonated drink with less than 10g of sugar per serving. Bootleg Bucha also boosts your body’s natural gut flora, helping to maintain balance in your digestive system. Plus, it’s a natural source of energy.
What is SCOBY?

SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) is used to refer to the mixed cultures of bacteria and yeast present during the production of kombucha. It’s the living cultures that transform our organic teas into tangy, fizzy kombucha.

Is Bootleg Bucha a low calorie beverage?
We’re proud that Bootleg Bucha is one of the lowest calorie and lowest sugar kombucha options on the market. All of our kombucha flavors are less than 45 calories per bottle and have 10 grams of sugar or less. Compare Bootleg Bucha to other kombuchas, sodas and juices and you’ll see why we’re the smart choice.
How many flavors of kombucha do you have?

We offer 12 kombucha flavors, with six delicious options available all year long: Blueberry Lavender, Cranberry Grape, Ginger, Hibiscus Lime, Pomegranate and Tart Cherry Mint. We also have a little fun (and sometimes get a little experimental) with our flavors on tap at our Niagara Street Taproom. Stop in to see what’s brewing today. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see what flavors are in season.

Are you certified organic?
We’re happy to say that that 11 out of 12 of our Bootleg Bucha products are certified organic by Natural Food Certifiers. (Although Cranberry Grape is made with mostly organic ingredients, because the grape juice we use is not organic, it cannot be certified.) We’re proud to bring you beverages made with the highest quality, natural ingredients available.
Is there alcohol in your kombucha?

There is a small amount of alcohol in our kombucha. Currently, we test each batch to verify that our product is under 0.5%. It’s about the same as an NA beer.

Is there caffeine in your kombucha?
Yes, there is slight amount of caffeine. The base of our kombucha is a blend of five teas. During the fermentation process, the SCOBY feeds off of the caffeine and reduces the level in your glass. Ultimately, we end up with less caffeine in a bottle of our kombucha than in a cup of green tea.
What amount of kombucha do you recommend?
Because Bootleg Bucha supports your body naturally, everyone’s needs are different. To start, try drinking half a bottle a day or one bottle every other day. Many of our customers (and people who work here, too) enjoy our kombucha every single day! We recommend doing whatever feels good for you.
Where can I find Bootleg Bucha kombucha?

Our kombucha is available at our Niagara Street Taproom, at many local restaurants and at more than 125 retailers across the northeast. Use our Finder to discover a location near you.

When is your Niagara Street Taproom open?

Our tasting room at 1250 Niagara Street is open 7 days a week: Monday & Tuesday 9am to 6pm, Wednesday – Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm. We typically have 8 – 10 flavors on tap for flights, growler fills and cups. The store also has bottles to go and cool Bootleg Bucha merchandise.

Can children and pregnant women drink kombucha?
Bootleg Bucha kombucha probiotic tea is 100% raw. That means it is unfiltered and unpasteurized. For children, and pregnant and nursing women, we recommend talking to your doctor before adding Bootleg Bucha to your diet.
Should I buy some Bootleg Bucha?
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What is "The Mother" in You're Fired ACV Tonic?
“The Mother” is the complex colony of beneficial bacteria that is used to turn apple cider into apple cider vinegar. Because You’re Fired is a 100% raw (unpasteurized and unfiltered) product, every bottle supplies “The Mother” and all of the benefits that come along with it!
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What's in You're Fired ACV Tonic?
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Can children and pregnant women drink You're Fired ACV Tonic?
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