Three blokes, who have all spent their careers in the beverage industry, have teamed up with Stone & Wood to make delicious drinks.
Paul Tansley, Cam MacFarlane, and James Mackinnon took over the old Stone & Wood facility when they moved to their new location and created Bucha of Byron.
Paul grew up in the area, attending primary school in Byron and high school in Mullum. ‘It’s always been home, even though I’ve lived, worked and travelled in different places for many years’, he says.
The trio created Bucha of Byron not only as a healthy low sugar kombucha option, but they also developed an alcoholic kombucha line; the Dirty Bucha of Byron, which is kombucha blended with premium spirits from Brookies Gin.
Paul says that in the industry you get to work with so many great people all doing interesting things and having a go at something. ‘For me it’s always energising to create things, but also to have fun and work with people who want to do the same. Having spent my career in the drinks industry, it’s nice to now do something for myself rather than working for corporates, and also be able to produce something that offers a healthier alternative.
‘A lot of people comment on our fresh and unique taste, and importantly they love that we are made using locally sourced ingredients.’
Paul says he, Cam and James decided to take the time during lockdown to re-set. ‘Rather than try and chase our tails and panic, we looked at what we’d been wanting to do for a while, so we now have a whole fresh new look for the Bucha of Byron. We also developed a new flavour; coming out this week is our Acai Berry – a first in Australia.
‘We also spent the time to develop a whole new alcoholic range, of beer and kombucha blended, which will be released in the next month – the Sneaky Bucha of Byron.’ Paul says they are really grateful to so many local businesses who have supported them for nearly five years.’ We’re hoping in these tough times people will keep supporting us and help keep us operating throughout the COVID-19 restrictions.‘
Paul says coming into spring and summer is a really busy time. ‘We’re really excited about launching the Sneaky Bucha of Byron with a lager, an extra pale ale and a summer ale – so keep an eye out for that in local venues from October.’
For more information about Bucha of Byron, visit their website: https://www.buchaofbyron.com.au/