When you travel the country in search of great beer like I do, you are often forced to choose among different breweries, many of which sound promising. At last check, there were more than 6,000 breweries in the United States and while it’s great to have choices, it also makes it difficult to narrow down to a few breweries for visitation. One type of establishment that isn’t as popular but always on my radar is cideries and since the number of operational cideries is still well behind that of breweries, it is much easier to narrow down the options. Central New York is home to only a handful and one of them happened to make its way onto my travel list when I toured the area. The establishment is Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard, located at 288 Goose St., Fly Creek, New York, just outside of Cooperstown.

Grow Your Own

Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard is a water powered cider mill with its own apple press, restaurant, country store, and more. The large facility is open year- round and is popular with customers not just for its cider, but for its baked goods, gifts, restaurant, etc.

The water power at Fly Creek Cider Mill is generated from the pond above and behind the mill. The pond is a place worth seeing, as it is situated out back and is often covered with ducks and geese when the weather is right. Outdoor seating is available right on the water’s edge, perfect for a fresh air meal. The restaurant serves soup, sandwiches, baked goods, and ice cream treats, perfect with a glass of hard cider, coffee, or other beverage.

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