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Meet Margaux Moses of Wave Maiden Ale Works

Today we’d like to introduce you to Margaux Moses.

Margaux, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My story starts with a lifelong desire for greater health and wellness. I honor the health challenges and complications that I faced as a child, adolescent, and adult because they became the kindling for my great passion and commitment to healing myself. In my adult years, after recognizing that western medicine was failing me, I embarked on a path to wholeness through nutrition and herbalism.

Through a series of serendipitous events, I found myself in a plant medicine apprenticeship. Over the course of two years, I was immersed in folk & traditional herbal healing, growing and wildcrafting plants, plant ID, studying systems of the body, herbal energetics, and medicine making. I went down to Costa Rica to study on an off the grid permaculture farm where through a series of experiences with plant interactions and meditation I pledged to spend my life in devotion to the Earth.

As I began to work with one on one clients I noticed they all seemed to be searching for alternative medicine to deal with the common symptoms of being an adult in the 21st century – chronic fatigue, anxiety, stress, sluggish digestion, etc. What I found was, most of my friends and clients didn’t want to drink the custom tea blend I made them at the end of the day. You know what sounded better? A nice cold beer or a glass of wine. I didn’t disagree with them.

I have a great love and passion for craft beer; It’s delicious, the options seem to be endless, it builds vibrant community. Unfortunately, it also can cause my gluten sensitive stomach pain and bloating. With the belief that a beer ritual product expansion could be an option for my clients (and me), I consulted the great university of YouTube and read some transformative books about the history and evolution of brewing beer. Fast forward several years of homebrewing, experimentation, success and failures I decided it was time to bring herbal ales and health centric beers back to the people.

I launched the first commercial batch by Wave Maiden Ale Works in May 2019. My nano (very nano) brewery operation functions as whats called an alternating proprietorship. I have a fermentor inside of an existing brewery where I can use the brewhouse on days they are not using it, so I am able to brew, package, and distribute product myself. I deliver kegs around Los Angeles and am working on plans to open my own brewery and taproom in 2020.

It is my firm belief that once people experience positive feelings, healing, and wholeness from these amazing plants that grow wildly out of the Earth, they will start to rekindle their trust that nature has an intelligence and is here to support us physically and emotionally. It is my greatest hope that the beer we produce and the space we create serve as a gateway, a portal into the world of Earth activism and plant medicine.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My business was born out of my spiritual practice. And keeping it full of spirit has been my priority. Which means no, it has not been smooth! At times the road has been much rougher than I ever could have foreseen—but the wealth of knowledge that rough road has allowed me to amass leaves me with a lot of gratitude. I have gotten to this point as a one person operation, meaning my life has been all-encompassed since the day I made a commitment to make this work. Alcohol manufacturing is a highly regulated and complicated process; there have been many hoops to jump through, legal fees, delays, and challenges that could not have been predicted.

But every day I am asked to be grateful for all of it. For the parts that have fallen into place, I thank goddess. She has given me days where all I hear is yes! I’m so grateful to have seen that truly I am stronger than the challenges that at first appear insurmountable. A lot of those challenges have been about resources. Before Wave Maiden I had a lucrative job in commercial production – and while that wasn’t in alignment with my soul’s purpose, I was able to use my savings to open my alternating proprietorship. But now I’ve gotten to the point where I’m not able to meet market demand and can’t take on new accounts because of limitations around number of days I can brew. It’s a challenge to be bottlenecked in that way. Trying to manifest the money to open Wave Maiden’s own brewing location + taproom is the struggle that everything depends on currently. We’re ready to upgrade and actively calling in an angel investor that is looking for the right project.

Please tell us about Wave Maiden Ale Works.
We are brewing these ales as an offering to making plant medicine and education tangible and fun for our community. If you are reaching for a beer, it is likely because you want something to soothe your nerves, awaken your spirit, or expand your experience of happiness or connection. You should get to have that. Humans have been harnessing plant material and plant spirits to enhance, prolong, and transform their experience for eons.

As a social society we continue to consume because we crave that connection to each other, to ourselves, and to our spirit. It makes us feel good. (Until it doesn’t, of course. Please drink responsibly!)

From these truths comes the mission to resurrect the lost art of brewing with the nourishing, aromatic, and energetic herbs our planet offers. Currently, we have two brews on the market and are hoping to release a third before the end of the year. Riser is a tart herbal ale brewed with hibiscus, goji, and rosehips (5.8% abv). Comber is a herbaceous ale brewed with damiana, mugwort, and yarrow (6.2% abv). Our website has a page called “On Tap” where people can find a map of bars and restaurants pouring our brews.

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Steven Moses

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