Fly Creek Cider Mill opens for season

May 10—The Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard opened its 168th season Friday, May 10. The local landmark features cider pressing in the fall and several signature products throughout the summer. Visitors can sample products in the mill's tasting room, according to a news release.

"Our tasting room offers a place to relax and unwind with a tasting flight of Farm Winery products," said Bill Michaels, owner of the business. "Guests can enjoy a flight while overlooking the millpond, production area and historic equipment."

The tasting room features a selection of apple wines, hard ciders, craft beers and distilled spirits, the release said.

Guests can witness a piece of history — the fully restored turbine. Originally installed in 1872, the turbine has been restored and is housed in a new water tank crafted by Unalam in southern Otsego County.

"Harnessing the power of Fly Creek, the turbine drives the 1889 Boomer & Boschert Press, a marvel of engineering that has been pressing cider for generations," the release said. As water flows through the turbine, it powers a series of belts and shafts, ultimately creating 50 tons of pressure to the press.

"The completion of the turbine restoration project marks a significant milestone for us," Michaels said. "It's a testament to our commitment to preserve the heritage of the mill while embracing sustainable practices for the future."

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