our roots

The Smith family has been in business on this site in Phoebus for more than 100 years.

There have been florists, carpenters, and funeral homes for generations in the area, but we have decided to create something new in Hampton Roads - a hard cidery. 

The first question we get is, "Who is Clyde."

Clyde was our grandfather, a mortician, whose calm demeanor and wicked sense of humor kept us laughing as kids. He loved a good story and had a sly smile that made you realize that he had a few secrets about life that he was waiting for you to learn. Clyde was ever-present in the community and believed in the human capacity to thrive.

Today, Sly Clyde is two brothers who believe that the keep-it-local movement is more important than ever. We aren't nearly as funny as Clyde, but we are just as dedicated to creating a presence that will bring together the community. We are local guys who plan to be creators of amazing ciders that will inspire neighbors to share a pint and a funny story with one another.

 Tim and Doug Smith opened Sly Clyde Ciderworks in 2018.

Tim and Doug Smith opened Sly Clyde Ciderworks in 2018.