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November 18, 2017
The state of Connecticut is home to B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill. Established in 1881, Clyde’s is the last remaining steam-powered cider mill in the United States. The factory manufactures products ranging from wines, jams and, most notably, apple cider. The non-alcoholic drink is made from apples and is typically unfiltered and unsweetened. As it is a seasonal beverage, most mills only produce apple cider during the autumn months. The drink usually makes an appearance during various holidays; including New Year’s Eve, Halloween, Christmas and Thanksgiving. During the manufacturing process, most cider undergoes pasteurization or UV irradiation. These treatments serve two purposes: to improve shelf life and to reduce all traces of bacterial contamination. In the past, apple cider was unprocessed and left in its natural form. This often was dangerous, as over time, yeast and other contaminants would begin to ferment.