If you want to experience what fall in New England is all about, you will love visiting Clyde’s Cider Mill in Old Mystic, Connecticut.
New England is beautiful no matter the time of year, but fall in New England is more than a season; it’s an experience. Leaf peeping, apple picking, pumpkin patches, and apple cider are just a few of the things that make fall here so unique.
Growing up in Stonington and Mystic, Clyde’s was a tradition for just about everyone who lived there. Now, the word is out about this historic Mystic cider mill. People are coming from all over for the B.F. Clyde’s experience, and for a good reason.
This also means that you will need to prepare for parking challenges and long lines to buy their famous cider, especially on weekends.
ABOUT CLYDE’S CIDER MILL
Clyde’s Cider Mill started out making hard cider in 1881, and in 1898, Frank and Abby Clyde purchased the machinery and built the building the mill is still housed in to make their delicious cider.
Those same 120-year-old machines are still being used today in the very same building. B.F Clyde’s Cider Mill is the last steam-powered cider mill in the US and became a designated historical landmark in 1994.
I have been drinking Clyde’s cider for as long as I can remember, and to this day, I haven’t had a better cider. There is something special about Clyde’s cider that you can’t get from a factory. A factory can’t reproduce magic in a bottle the same way an old-fashioned cider mill can.
INSIDE THE CIDER MILL
Clyde’s Cider Mill is a unique sensory experience. Upon entering the mill building, you will immediately be taken over by the smell of fresh apples.
If you are lucky enough to be there for a cider-making demonstration, you will get to hear the gears and the clang of the mill as you get a small glimpse into the past to see how Clyde’s has been making apple cider for more than 120 years.
You will see the steam that powers the mill and hear the belts from the engine room to the mill whirring above your head.
The demonstration starts with the grinding up of the apples that are wrapped in large pieces of cloth. The cloth-wrapped apples are put in between wooden stats that will then be turned to the other end of the mill then pressed to extract the juice for cider. This old-fashioned press proves that simple is often the best way.
BEYOND APPLE CIDER
While apple cider is the main event at Clyde’s, there is a lot more available to suit everyone’s tastes. They also have fresh kettle corn, pies, quick bread, various baked goods, wines, jellies, applesauce, and, of course, their famous and delicious apple cider donuts.
Before you leave Clyde’s, I highly recommend getting a cider slushie. It’s so good even when it’s chilly outside! They also have hot cider available if the idea of a slushie on a cold day isn’t appealing to you.
I can’t express my love for B.F. Clyde’s enough. If you happen to be in Southeastern Connecticut in the fall, you have to add a stop to your itinerary.
Yes, it’s crowded at times, but it is so worth it to bring home a jug of the most delicious cider and a bag of apple cider donuts. I promise you’ll be glad you stopped in.
B.F. CLYDE’S CIDER MILL ADDRESS
129 N. Stonington Rd
Old Mystic, CT 06355
Phone: (860) 536-3354
HOURS AND PRICES
September – December (7 Days a Week)
Sept.- Oct. 9:00 am– 6:00 pm
Nov. – Dec. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission to Clyde’s is free; you only pay for what you purchase.
APPLE CIDER MAKING DEMONSTRATIONS
Cider mill demonstrations are in October and November on weekends only, weather permitting.