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.
  7. Bucha Spritzer- 2 parts pinot grigio, 1 part Bootleg Bucha (experiment with flavors), add a squeeze of lemon & few ice cubes.

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


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.


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.


One Year Ago Today

Bootleg Bucha opened out of a window in the Horsefeathers Building for their Winter Market on Saturday, November 7 2015. Our 300 square foot facility was just what we needed to get out of Heather & Jeff’s house and into the public eye. Over the last year we’ve met many great people, customers, vendors, employees, collaborators and friends. We’ve expanded a wee bit since then and will continue. Our goal is to provide a tasty, enjoyable, healthy option to our community and make kombucha a common term in Buffalo. We thank every person who has welcomed us and helped to champion a healthier Buffalo.

Below is a look at our facebook posts from that first day.

Celebrate with us on Small Business Saturday, November 26 from 5-9 at our facility. We’ll have live music, kombucha cocktails, kombucha floats and more.
To good health,



Save the Date, One Year Anniversary Party 11/26

Wow! What a year! It seems that just last week we were at Horsefeathers picking out paint colors & filling flip top bottles. It’s been quite the ride and we’d like you to join us in a celebration of kombucha in Buffalo. Join us on 11/26 to celebrate our 1 year anniversary, grand opening of 1250 Niagara and Small Business Saturday.

Expect live music and great kombucha collaborations with local food & drink producers. We’ve confirmed that 42 North, Thin Man, Flying Bison, Resurgence Brewing, Big Ditch, Community Beer Works, Black Squirrel, Buffalo Distilling, Lockhouse Distillery & Sweet Melody’s will participate in a kombucha cocktail competition with more to be announced shortly.

  • Saturday, November 26, 2016 5pm – cows come home
    1250 Niagara Street
    Buffalo, NY  14213
  • Live music by Bill Smith of Ten Cent Howl (and friends)
  • Kombucha Cocktail Collaboration
  • Kombucha floats
  • Local food
  • and more…

Stay tuned as we will announce more in the near future.


Anniversary Competition:
Create a local food or drink utilizing our kombucha as a main component. Think shandy, cocktail, float and more. This is open to all local food and beverage producers, if your product works well with kombucha, we’d love you to participate. For more details, give me a call at (716) 768-8302.

Submit your entry for the Kombucha Cocktail Collaboration here.



It’s a 12 Pack Jack

Have you caught the kombucha kick? Is every flavor your favorite? Introducing 12 Pack Jack, our variety 12 pack allows you to pick the flavors right out of our cooler. How does 2 blueberry lavender, 2 tart cherry mint, 1 ginger & 7 hibiscus lime sound? Or maybe 4 apple spice, 2 pomegranate, 2 original, 1 blueberry lavender and 3 ginger? Whatever the combination you choose, you save when you buy our 12 Pack Jack — and it even comes with it’s own reusable cardboard carrying case.

Stop in, sample our flavors and create your own perfect 12 Pack Jack. Now only $39.99 (save $8.01 or 17%) and only available at 1250 Niagara Street, Buffalove, NY 14213.

Remember to drink local and drink healthy.




In the news

We’ve been in the media a bit lately so we thought we’d compile an area online that will link to and archive some of the coverage from Buffalo Rising, Buffalo Spree, Kiss 98.5, WGRZ, WBFO, NY Times & more.