Friends and moth­ers Liv Mcgre­gor and Rene Sch­liebs of Mama’s Brew Shop are “taking kombucha from the hip­pie fringe to the bright lights”. The pair have been brew­ing or­ganic kombucha for around seven years and launched Mama’s in

June 2016 from Rene’s garage. “We grew out of it pretty quickly,” laughs Liv. They then trans­formed a for­mer butch­ery in He­lensville, Auck­land, into The Kom­buch­ery, a brew­ery, tap­room and cafe.

Rene is a nu­tri­tion­ist and med­i­cal herbalist. “Be­cause of her knowl­edge of herbs and spices we have been able to cre­ate re­ally grown-up flavours,” says Liv. Th­ese in­clude Love (a blend of laven­der, rose­hip, hibis­cus and vanilla) and War­rior (made with lemon­grass, gin­ger, thyme and turmeric). MAMASBREWSHOP.COM Tap work Liv Mcgre­gor serves Mama’s Brew Shop kombucha in The Kom­buch­ery, the He­lensville tap­room she opened with fel­low mother Rene Sch­liebs.

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