We recently took a road trip up to check out the cider scene on the Olympic peninsula. Specifically, we wanted to check out Finnriver, a 33 acre organic farm and artisan cidery located in Chimicum, WA, near Port Townsend on the eastern tip of the peninsula. We’ve been offering a selection of cider from Finnriver for about a year now and in that time have become huge fans. If you are a cider drinker you’ve probably tried either the Sparkling Pear, Dry-Hopped or Black Current offerings from Finnriver. We have – and we love them all. We were curious to check out where these tasty ciders come from.
We were drawn to Finnriver products not just because of their ciders, but also because of their commitment to sustainablility. They are committed to sustainable land stewardship through organic production, conservation easements, renewable energy, salmon safe certification, habitat restoration, and community partnerships.
At the tasting room we got to taste through the whole line-up as well as seasonal offerings. We particularly enjoyed the Fire Barrel Cider; cider aged in fire charred Kentucky bourbon barrels (you’ll have to visit the tasting room for that one. Limited production means limited distribution). In addition to the handcrafted hard ciders, Finnriver also produces spirited fruit wines, including a very tasty port-style apple wine. Check out their website for a listing of all their offerings.
Everyone at Finnriver was incredibly friendly. One of the owners, Crystie Kisler met us with so much enthusiasm and took the time to show us around their bottling facility, where there happened to be a crew bottling that day. We also walked around the farm (would love to see it in the spring and summer months!) visited with the pigs and checked out the crates of apples waiting to be converted into tasty goodness.
We had a really great visit. Finnriver is a collaborative effort by family and friends working together for a common goal – living off the land, with responsibility to the land, it’s wildlife and their community. We are proud to offer their ciders at Sixth Street Bistro. Please come by and try some of their cider and if you are ever visiting the Olympic Peninsula, make sure you take the time to stop at the Finnriver tasting room!