Keeping tradition is what keeps the oldest steam powered cider mill in the United States running. A Connecticut winery that produces cider, hard ciders, and apple wines remains a local favorite for everyone. Clyde’s Cider Mill is located in Old Mystic, CT.
B.F. Clyde’s started making hard cider in 1881. The apples for their hard ciders and apple wines come from local orchards and are pressed into juice there at the Mill. The juice is then pumped directly into oak casks in the Mill’s cellar, where it is fermented and aged for one year. The ciders and apple wines are still in keeping with the tradition of cider makers of long ago. In 1898, Frank and Abby Clyde built the Victorian style building and purchased the machinery that is still in use today.
They are the last steam powered cider mill in the U.S. today! In 1994, Clyde’s was designated a National Historic Landmark. It’s open from September through early December, with the cider press operating in the fall (which is such a cool thing to see at work). Pastries, jams, donuts, breads and an assortment of other things are sold, and wine tastings are available as well.
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!