New England Cider Company was founded by Miguel Galarraga and Seth Hart in 2013. Sparked by their interest in craft beers and home brewing came the idea of making cider, a drink they both enjoyed making, drinking and sharing. Miguel and Seth started making cider in 2009 in their own backyard with a homemade press and chopper. As their cider making hobby grew, so did their enthusiasm and passion, leading to more ingredients, experiments and encouragement from family and friends to share their special elixir with a wider audience.
New England Cider Company opened it’s first Cidery in Wallingford Connecticut in late 2013. The space was converted for our needs. It was important to have a location central to our supply and set up with all phases of production in mind. We traveled to Indiana in 2013 to purchase a production line including an auger, mill and hydraulic press. After a few test runs we have the production line running at approximately 100 gallons an hour. Flex tank fermenters in sizes 80 and 200 gallon were brought in. To complete the basic we built a industrial refrigerator to store the final product.