Core Knowledge Consulting

Core Knowledge is a cider industry consulting service offered by the leadership team at Finnriver Cidery.

Formed in 2008, Finnriver has been on the forefront of the PNW cider renaissance, leading the way with a unique blend of traditional and contemporary products, mission-driven enterprise and and a farm-based craft cider operation. Finnriver has also been a leader in cidery sustainability — with a Certified Organic and Certified Salmon Safe farm and orchard, and extensive solar power – and by becoming the first (and only) Certified B Corps cidery in the country, seeking to use business as a force for good. 

Finnriver has created a model operation that builds local economy, practices land conservation and harnesses renewable energy— all while producing a diversified range of award-winning ciders and fruit wines with distribution across 12 states, and a thriving destination tasting room and community venue.

Core Knowledge offers a range of services for new and beginning cider operations seeking to benefit from lessons learned and looking to maximize start-up efficiency and focus:

  • Cider Making, Production, & Operations: Andrew Byers and Keith Kisler
  • Ochard Establishment & Management: Cameron Denning and Keith Kisler
  • Finance/Projections, Administration, Distribution and Logistics: Eric Jorgensen
  • Mission, Storytelling, Sales & Outreach: Crystie Kisler and Jana Daisy Ensign

Structure of Services

  1. Start-up consulting for product line, business planning and more
  2. Ongoing support and product development
  3. Outside the Box thinking around collaboration, community impact and alternative business models


Core Knowledge can engage on an hourly basis at a general consultation rate or we can work with you to develop a more extensive consulting package. Rates will be variable depending on scope and scale of project and needs. Contact us at to learn more.