Those of you that know us well may have noticed that Mike and I have become a little bit obsessed with cider lately. From planting apple trees in the backyard and fermenting just about anything we can at home, to running the cider category of the Good Food Awards and just drinking a whole lot of the stuff - we definitely have the bug. On a recent trip to Chimacum, Washington, we got to visit one of our favorite producers, Finnriver Farm and Cidery. There, we toured their beautiful farm and saw how they make some of the most interesting cider around.
Finnriver makes really tasty, modern ciders with an emphasis paid to seasonality and interesting flavor combinations--all with an obvious respect for tradition. Owners Crystie and Keith began as farmers and transitioned into cidermaking as an alternative revenue stream to keep their business alive. It has succeeded way beyond their expectations, and has become the foundation of the business, which now holds a farm, orchard, tasting room, walking trails, and event space complete with pizza oven.
If you ever find yourself on the Olympic Peninsula, do yourself a favor and stop by their tasting room. Stay for the view and the food--it will be worth it. Interested in other cideries? There is a local cider trail that includes Eaglemount and Alpenfire for more cidery adventures.