Hampton Roads residents will soon be able to sip cider, visit an apple orchard, and support local farmers at Sly Clyde Ciderworks, the area’s first hard cider production facility.
The company is making its way to the historic Phoebus area of Hampton in fall 2017 after partnering with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the City of Hampton to renew the area.
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the opening of the cidery on Wednesday after approving a $30,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund.
According to a press release from Governor McAuliffe, the city of Hampton will match this grant total with local funds, and the project is part of an initiative to invest in the City of Hampton and support Virginia Farmers.
The company will create seven new jobs, invest nearly half a million dollars, purchase 100 percent of its apples from Virginia farmers, and distribute its products to restaurants throughout Hampton Roads.
“We look forward to crafting amazing hard cider in Hampton Roads using Virginia-grown apples,” said Tim Smith of Sly Clyde Ciderworks. “Phoebus is becoming a hub of new businesses as a result of investments from the City of Hampton and the Commonwealth of Virginia. We plan for our locally crafted Sly Clyde Cider to be one of the anchors in Phoebus’ renewal.”
Complete with a tasting room in a historic house, a production building, a spacious outdoor seating area, and a small heirloom apple orchard, Sly Clide Ciderworks hopes to be an asset to both the community and the economy.
— Basil Gooden (@AgForestryVA) July 26, 2017
The company held an event to make the announcement on Wednesday. Project partners and community leaders attended, including Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Basil Gooden and Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck.
“We are happy to see Doug and Tim Smith, brothers with deep family ties to the community, developing Sly Clyde Ciderworks, a new and unique business that capitalizes on a growing trend of wine fermented from apples instead of grapes.” Tuck said. “Not only do the brothers show their faith in Hampton’s economic future – which is strong – but they are coming ‘home,’ in a sense, to property in Phoebus that has been in their family for more than 100 years.”