July 27, 2011See on Map
It’s no secret I love cider. But sometimes you want a drink with a little more kick to it, if you know what I mean.
On a recent trip to Chimacum, on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, I got to taste some of the most delightful sparkling hard cider I’ve ever tasted at Finnriver, a family farm and cidery.
In owners Keith and Crystie Kisler’s tasting room, you can sample and purchase hand-crafted sparkling hard ciders and spirited fruit wines. Much of the fruit they use comes from berries and heirloom apple trees, grown organically on the farm. They also use wild apples from local trees as well as organic fruit from around the state.
They have “old-world” ciders, “contemporary” ciders and fruit wines. The “old-world” ciders are made using traditional methods - small-batch, seasonal and labor-intensive. The “contemporary” ciders are available year round, with options like a gorgeous sparkling black currant. Then there are the sumptuous blueberry, pear, apple and blackcurrant wines.
While you sample their wonderful ciders, you can learn about the relationship between soil and salmon by following a newly finished educational walk on their farm. They have a beautiful stream that runs through their property that they have been restoring to support spawning salmon. It also supports a wide variety of other wildlife and birds.
Keith demonstrated how he removes the sediment from each bottle of their Artisan Sparkling Cider. It is crafted using the traditional, labor-intensive méthode champenoise. Their dog loves this process too.
Have you visited Finnriver? Let me know if you’ve tried their cider. We’re now carrying it in Whole Foods Markets in the Seattle area if you can’t make it out to their farm.