Watch the press in operation on Sat & Sun during our season.
The Cider Mill at Alber Orchard
Ancient Cider Mills in England date from the Elizabethan period when horse-drawn grinders would grind apples--seeds, stems and all-- to produce a bitter tasting crush. In the 1700's came machines, which began a period called the Industrial Revolution. The result was the invention of the first hydraulic cider press, in 1877.
After 1877, there was a manufacturer located in Mt.Gilead, Ohio that was so successful it became the cider press manufacturing center of the world. These presses were stamped with the name MOUNT GILEAD.
The equipment you see here today at Alber Orchard is an original MOUNT GILEAD cider press. It was installed here in 1890.
This press itself was first powered by a steam engine. A historic photo of our cider mill shows the tall stack from the engine. Gasoline power was then used, until 1927, when it was converted to electricity. In 1964, modern hydraulic power was added.
When the Bossory family purchased the property from the Alber's in 1999, they updated this equipment to meet the strict standards for sanitation and safety which you now see in the mill. You can watch this mill in operation every Saturday and Sunday during our season.
Alber Orchard and Cider Mill is a proud member of the Michigan Cider Makers Guild. The orchard grows both traditional and heirloom apples which are carefully selected and blended to provide a delicious apple cider you won't forget.