Sly Clyde Ciderworks Opens Hampton Roads’ First Cider Tap Room

Virginia’s first coastal cidery, Sly Clyde Ciderworks, opens its doors to the public on August 25, 2018 featuring nine ciders in the renovated home of its namesake, H. Clyde Smith.

Local brothers, Tim and Doug Smith, have been developing the cidery since 2016 and announced a major investment in Phoebus with the city and state in June 2017. While their custom-built ciderhouse began production in April of this year, the century-old historic brick house that is now a Tap Room required extensive modernization and is finally ready for the public.

“When we decided to renovate Clyde’s home we knew we wanted the final result to reflect his relaxed style. We preserved the character of the house while adaptively reusing much of the historic fabric. Today, we have a great space for sharing ciders that would make Clyde, our grandfather, proud,” noted Tim Smith, co-founder.

Sly Clyde has been hiring staff and putting the finishing touches on its new Tap Room this week. To date, it has created more than seven new jobs and is part of a broader resurgence of Hampton’s coastal community in Phoebus.

“We’ve come a long way since April when we first shared our ciders,” said Doug Smith. “Here we are a few months later with nine different selections including flavored and hopped ciders, all craftily crushed from 100% Virginia apples. We will also be serving our first local collaboration with Caiseal Spirits, a gin botanical cider called Juniper Rising.”

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