Maybe it’s the fact that bantams are the mascot of my dear alma mater — or the fact that this company is women-owned — but for some reason, I just can’t get enough of Bantam Cider. If I really had to pinpoint one reason though, it’s probably the fact that the cider here is just so damn good.
Founded in 2012, Bantam has quickly become a substantial competitor in the local craft cider scene. Locals will most likely recognize their more popular flavors, the flagship Wunderkind and the versatile Rojo, from taps and liquor stores throughout the area. Yet Bantam has a wide variety of flavors that are worth trying.
This is where the Bantam Cider Taproom comes in. Tucked behind a nondescript industrial-looking facade on a side street in Somerville’s Union Square area, Bantam has one of the most elegant taprooms I’ve seen in the Boston area. White walls, skylights, a wall of plants, and simple charcoal panels give this space a gallery-like feel.
Flights here are $10 and full pours are $6. Free, casual tours are offered three times a week — Fridays at 18:30, Saturdays at 13:30 and Sundays at 13:00
Options rotate throughout the year, but my favorite ciders from past visits include the Smoked Saison (also available in some liquor stores), and the Papi Chulo — a semi-dry cider with a nice chili pepper kick. Come here for a perfect afternoon, and if you’re looking to make a whole day of it, head to the Taza Chocolate Factory nearby (check the Taza Chocolate article)!