15713 Highway 47, Yamhill, Oregon 97148 ... email kookoolan@gmail.com ... phone Farmer Chrissie at (503) 730-7535
organic farming practices ... pasture-raised poultry, meats, and eggs ... mead and kombucha

Kookoolan World Meadery
Click here to be redirected to:  Kookoolan World Meadery

Please visit the photo album on our Facebook page to see photos of our amazing Mead Tasting Room and Mead Superstore.  We now have over 100 different meads available for sale; about 30 open for tasting on any given day.  Open Fridays-Saturdays-Sundays 11AM to 5PM and anytime by appointment.

You can buy Kookoolan World Meadery's Mead and Kombucha at:

Belmont Station
Renaissance Wines in Hillsboro
Bee Thinking/The Mead Market in Southeast Portland
Know Thy Food/The Warehouse at 3434 SE Milwuakee;
Mainbrew, 23596 NW Clara Lane, Hillsboro (just off Hwy 26 at Helvetia exit);
Harvest Fresh Grocery, 251 Northeast 3rd Street, McMinnville. 

It’s also on the menu at a handful of eateries including Pacific Pie Company in SE.

To sign up for our newsletters and to get additional information, please click here.
Bourbon-barrel-aged, Dwojniak-style MEAD.  Our 2012 batch is already sold out, we'll have more of this terrific recipe in about September 2013.  This is a gorgeous port-strength mead, made with equal parts honey and water yielding 16% alcohol, and aged to perfection in a seven-year-old Bourbon barrel!

Kookoolan World Meadery's Kombucha and Vin de Noix can now be bought at Barbur World Foods,
 right in the Hillsdale/Burlingame neighborhood of the Hillsdale 
Farmer's Market!  9845 Southwest Barbur Boulevard,  Portland, OR 97219, 
 (503) 244-0670.  Drop in and buy a bottle tonight to let John know that
 Barbur World Foods is a great place to get your Kookoolan Kombucha 
fix!  (NOTE: They're open every day, even in the winter when Kookoolan 
Farms will be away from the Hillsdale Market!  The Hillsdale Farmer's 
Market runs year-round, but Kookoolan Farms only attends every OTHER 
Sunday, eight months of the year, April through November.)  Also available
at Nap's Thriftway Grocery in Newberg; Mainbrew in Hillsboro; The Warehouse
Cafe in Southeast Portland; Harvest Fresh Grocery and Deli in McMinnville;
and on the menu at Paulee, Pacific Pie Company, The Warehouse Cafe,
Lovejoy Bakers, and Lovely's 50/50.

"Vin de Noix" or Green Walnut Wine. $28 for 375 ml. 17.5% alcohol.
Vin de Noix is an ancient, traditional French aperitif or dessert wine made by steeping the unripe walnut 
fruits in a combination of red wine and brandy. Our version is made with red wine from Montinore Estates:
the grapes are certified organic and Demeter certified biodynamic. Christian Brothers brandy used at one
part per five parts of wine. Certified organic cane sugar, organic vanilla beans, orange peel, and cloves
are also added. All is macerated and allowed to steep and blend for about four months, then solids
strained out and the wine bottled. The result is smooth, mellow, aromatic, rich dark mahogany in color,
and unlike anything modern.

You can buy our Vin de Noix at our farmstore in Yamhill; beginning May 6,2012 EVERY OTHER SUNDAY at our
booth at the Hillsdale Farmer's Market,
Mainbrew in Hillsboro, or join Know Thy Foods buying club to buy Vin de Noix and
all our other products (including alcohol and vegetables; excluding raw milk) in Southeast Portland!
buy Vin de Noix online, we ship almost anywhere!

Meadmaker Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor is something of a dabbler and a "mead anthropologist."  I've been making mead as a homebrewer for more than 15 years, and am smitten with the idea that mead is this common, joyous, ancient thread shared by all cultures and societies all over the earth, each with our own spin on wines made from honey.  Grape juice mixed with honey, called pyment, is a time-honored tradition in many countries, and here in Oregon's wine country you can count on pinot noir pyments coming from Kookoolan.  A “melomel” is mead made with any combination of honey and any kind of fruit juice, where the fruit juice is not just a flavoring after the fact but is part of the fermentable must; apples, cherries, and apricots are three of the most popular blends.  Nobody knows the archaic words “sack” mead or “sack” wine anymore (meaning strong alcohol and sugar):  these are sherry-style, or liqueur-style, or dessert-wine styles which are closest to my favorite meads.  Chartreuse and Drambuie liqueurs are the closest products to my preferred style.  The Polish make a mead that includes rosehips and rose petals.  Many European meads are aged for five years or more in oak barrels, and Kookoolan World Meadery will definitely be producing a straight-up, oak-aged mead.  The Ethiopians make a wonderful mead that uses fragrant hot peppers.  The Azteks made something similar to mead using agave nectar and the fruit of the prickly pear cactus (which I have made in the past when I lived in Arizona, and that was really good too).  The Picts, a particular tribe in Scotland, made a mead with heather blossoms; heather bitters the nectar much as hops do for beer, but in addition a wild fungus grows on the heather blossoms that produces a slightly psychotropic effect on the drinker.  Queen Elizabeth’s favorite mead used bay leaves, thyme, rose petals, and lemon balm.  I also have visions of a Japanese-inspired cherry-blossom-infused mead that might be in the neighborhood of plum wine, and would go well with Asian foods. 

We also brew REAL Kombucha teaYou can buy our Kombucha tea at our farmstore in Yamhill, beginning May 6, 2012 EVERY OTHER SUNDAY at our booth at the Hillsdale Farmer's Market, at Mainbrew in Hillsboro; Harvest Fresh Deli in McMinnville; Lovejoy Bakery, Pacific Pie Company, The Warehouse,  Join Know Thy Foods buying club to buy kombucha and all our other products (including alcohol and vegetables; excluding raw milk) in Southeast Portland!

If you've experienced the commercial kombuchas sold as soft drinks, then you are familiar with the way-too-sour, way-too-sweet, way-too-vinegary compromise required to legally sell kombucha as a soft drink.  Natural, Real Kombucha is gently alcoholic at 1.5% alcohol.  However, in the United States, soft drinks must contain 0.5% or less alcohol by volume.  Anyone who has had an opened bottle of wine spoil in their kitchen knows that if you leave alcohol exposed to the air, the alcohol with chemically react with the oxygen, converting some of the alcohol to acetic acid (which is vinegar).  By extending the kombucha "fermentation" to 30 days or more, the alcohol is removed from the kombucha by converting it to vinegar.  The resulting brew has its sugar and acid out of balance, requiring the addition of more sugar; and has nasty vinegar off-flavors which need to be masked by the addition of aromatics such as fruit and herbal essences.  Believe it or not, some commercial kombuchas are also pasteurized for shelf stability, killing off all the probiotic cultures!  Available now at Kookoolan Farms farmstore in Yamhill; at Mainbrew Beer and Homebrew Supply in Hillsboro, at People's Co-Op Grocery in Southeast Portland, and at Harvest Fresh Grocery in McMinnville.  More retail locations soon!  At our farmstore a 22-oz bottle is $4, or case of 12 for $43.20.  12-oz bottle is $3, case of 24 for $54.   Buy Kombucha online, we ship anywhere!

Our Real Kombucha is fresh, tart, sweet, and vibrantly alive with probiotics, like kombucha is supposed to be.  Everyone says it's the best kombucha they've ever tasted.  Come and let us pour you a sample in our tasting room! -- we're open anytime by appointment, just call (503) 730-7535 or email

SOURCING OUR KOMBUCHA INGREDIENTS. Kookoolan Farms Kombucha is unique due to its slight alcohol content (1.5%) and no-vinegar flavor profile. But it is also carefully sourced and 100% organic!

Our Kombucha just has four ingredients: Black Tea, Sugar, Culture, and Water.

Our tea is custom sourced and blended for us by Portland's own local Tao of Tea! Our blend consists of 100% Organic Bold As...sam, 100% Organic Tippy South Cloud and 100% Organic Bergamot Oil.

Below is some information on each:

Bold Assam, 100% Organic Indian Black Tea
Origin: Assam, Northeastern India. The region of Assam is the largest tea producing region in the world and home to some of the best black teas from India. It lies 120 miles East of Darjeeling (a high elevation tea growing area), and borders with China, Burma, and Bangladesh. The distinct tea (Camellia sinensis) varietal growing in Assam is the Camellia assamica, a relatively larger leaf tea plant that yields strong, full-bodied brews.
Flavor Profile: Rich, brisk and smooth with sweet, malty notes.


Tippy South Cloud, 100% Organic Famous Chinese Black Tea
Origin: Yunnan Province, China. Yunnan “South Cloud” is regarded as one of the areas (one of the others being Assam) for the Genesis of tea. The Southern part of this province is home to the Mekong and Lancang river basins and the famous Pu-er category of teas. It is also the native home of the “Da Yeh” (broad leaf) tea varietal which provides unique flavor profiles. Yunnan black teas vary in their flavor and appearance. Some grades have more golden buds and a very sweet and gentle aroma without astringency. Others make a darker, brown brew that is bright, uplifting and slightly sharp. Our Tippy South Cloud is made at a 100% organic tea garden with a mix of black and gold tipped leaves. The golden color emerges during processing and after accurate withering and moisture drying of the leaves, adding to the sweetness of the brew. Few areas in Yunnan contain these type of plants. Other areas known to have golden tipped varietals are Hunan and Fujian in China and Assam in India. Since this is a heavily oxidized (darker) tea, it maintains its flavor well over the months.
Flavor Profile: Smooth, dark and slightly smoky with a full-bodied texture.

Bergamot Oil, 100% Organic
Origin: Our bergamot ‘Citrus bergamia’ originates from Sicily in Italy, the famous home to this fruit, and is steam distilled to make a natural and fragrant essence.

Sugar: 100% organic evaporated cane juice sourced from Costco, the same organic sugar that many of you use in your own kitchens.

Culture: Chrissie's kombucha culture was gifted to us by a customer, Meg DeWitt, more than five years ago. Since then Chrissie has brewed hundreds of batches of kombucha always using organic ingredients. So our culture is organic as well!

Website Builder