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2010-08-26 / Front Page

Mayer Bros. Cider Mill & Bakery now open for season

by KIMBERLY MCDOWELL Editor

Julia Protzman and her son Jacob, 2, choose from a tray of freshly baked doughnuts made with apple cider from the Mayer Brothers Cider Mill & Bakery on Tuesday. The Cider Mill, located at 1540 Seneca Creek Road, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Thanksgiving weekend. Photo by John Rusac Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Julia Protzman and her son Jacob, 2, choose from a tray of freshly baked doughnuts made with apple cider from the Mayer Brothers Cider Mill & Bakery on Tuesday. The Cider Mill, located at 1540 Seneca Creek Road, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Thanksgiving weekend. Photo by John Rusac Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Celebrating its 158th year, the Mayer Brothers Cider Mill & Bakery, 3300 Transit Road, is officially open for its apple cider season now through Thanksgiving weekend.

The Mayer family has grown its business from a small cider mill in 1852, when Jacob Mayer purchased the current building at the corner of Seneca Creek and Transit roads and set up a cider mill to custom-press apples for area orchards, to becoming one of the largest family owned beverage bottling companies in the northeastern United States.

Jacob’s son, John, took over the business and continued operations until 1938. That year, the mantle was passed to the third generation, John’s sons: Earl, Elmer and Allen.

Today the business is run by Allen Mayer’s son, John, the fourth generation, as well as John’s son, Garrett, who oversees the daily operations and the bottled water division.

The heart of the business’s operation was the “rack ‘n cloth” press, but it has been replaced by a high-volume commercial press due to time constraints, greater demand for products and more regulated food preparation requirements.

Twelve tons of mash produces approximately 2,200 gallons of cider at each pressing, which is then filtered and flash-pasteurized to ensure quality cider.

The same structure that housed the original 1852 cider press has been converted into the Cider Mill & Bakery. The building is listed in the National Registry of Historic Sites, and underwent some remodeling this summer to enhance the customer’s shopping experience.

The bakery offers freshly baked doughnuts and pies, including the family’s specialty, Grandma Mayer’s Caramel Apple Pie, and sells its premium apple juice, cranberry juice blends and fruit punch.

A variety of other treats can be found inside the store, including Mayer Brothers’ apple butters, jams, jellies, fruit preserves and apple gift items, as well as other products made in Western New York.

For more information, call the cider mill at 668-1787 or visit www.mayerbrothers.com.

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