Best of Boston

2015 Best Friend Date

Bantam Cider Company Tasting Room

Here, genre-bending hard cider is finely crafted in gorgeous steel tanks or a phalanx of barrels. A visit to the tasting room ($6 per pour, or $10 for a flight of five tastes) is the best way to swirl and sip the vast spectrum of Bantam’s oeuvre—from a lightly effervescent cider with hibiscus flowers and fresh mint to a sour, funky wild-yeast variety. Snack away on complimentary pretzel rods stylishly splayed in Mason jars, and once you’ve identified your new favorite cider, take home a bottle, a four-pack, or a growler for the perfect souvenir.

40 Merriam St., Somerville, 617-299-8600,