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“Habanero Cider?”
Review of Finnriver

Finnriver
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Chimacum
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Owner description: Finnriver is a 33 acre organic family farm and artisan Cidery that handcrafts award-winning sparkling hard ciders and fruit wines. We are located in the fertile Chimacum Valley of Washington's Olympic Peninsula and welcome visitors to visit us on the farm and get a taste of life on the land! We are committed to wise land stewardship through organic agriculture, salmon habitat restoration, alternative energy, conservation easements and community outreach. Our Tasting Room is open year-round with seasonal hours and we host groups, retreats and events.
Silverdale, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Habanero Cider?”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Seriously? Alcoholic cider made out of habanero peppers? It is every bit as hot as the pepper.
Stopped here during an Olympic Peninsula wine tour and this was the best of the four we hit. Eaglemount was a close second.
The tasting was great because this place offers so many unique things I'd never seen before. A seasonal saffron flavored cider. Pear wine, a cacao wine, blackcurrant wine and cider... not just apples. And they sell duck eggs!

Visited May 2014
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Thank Andy T
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Crystie K, Owner at Finnriver, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Thank you for posting and we are so glad you enjoyed the experience. Indeed the Habanero Cider is unusual! Do come visit us again some day and we wish you a wonderful summer.
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Mercer Island, WA
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61 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Blueberry picking, pizza and cider”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Very good blueberry picking. Wife and I picked 11 pounds in about an hour and a half. Then to the eating area: excellent wood-fired pizza -- from DentedBuoy -- and hard cider.

Visited August 2013
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washington
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84 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“make sure you have a lot of wait time available”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

we had a great seat with a view, tiny place and the wait staff was nice enough, but we waited forever for our wine and our food. way, way to long about 45 mins. unacceptable we felt. way under staffed for how busy it was. once my meal got to me it was the wrong thing. i ate it anyway (didn't want to wait another 1/2 hour) it was ok...most likely won't return.

Visited May 2013
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Thank juneaufurpants
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Crystie K, Owner at Finnriver, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you for your honest review. I do want to apologize for the wait last weekend. It was a "special release" event so we knew it would be busier than normal, but we were caught entirely off guard by the tremendous crowd and while it was delightful to have so many folks here, we understand your frustration. We are doing several things to improve the situation by expanding the tasting room, bringing on more staff and changing our cash register to make it speedier. We would be happy to offer you a gift certificate for a cider order if you would like to email me at info@finnriverfarm.com with your contact information. Again, our earnest apologies and we hope you choose to come back on a quieter day so we can offer you our best attention! Crystie Kisler, co-owner Finnriver
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Seattle, WA
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74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“great ciders, cute farm”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

We loved the cider tasting at FinnRiver. Try the habanero cider - along with the apple champagne! It was a gorgeous day and we walked down the Salmon Path.

Visited May 2013
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Crystie K, Owner at Finnriver, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
Thank you so much for visiting and for the kind response. I'm glad you liked that spicy Habanero and had a chance to enjoy walking the land. We welcome you back any day!
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Washington State
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“First Hard Cider Tasting Experience”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Friendliness of staff was great. Felt the hard cider was okay, but charging for tasting and not given credit for the tasting fee unless you buy a whole case seems excessive.

Visited April 2013
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Crystie K, Owner at Finnriver, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
Thank you for your visit and for your helpful feedback! We began charging tasting fees at the request of the local winery association and also because it really helps us stay open 7 days a week. Opening bottles can get very expensive but we want to be as accessible as possible, so we are trying to find a balance there. Good news is that we waive the fee with any 6-bottle purchase and you also receive an additional 10% off for a case. We will keep reviewing the tasting fee policy to see if we can make it an even better experience and be sure it is worth the money!
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