Great Society & Mead, Long Beach, California
This gastropub, Great Society & Mead located in Long Beach’s East Village Arts District, is a husband and wife collaboration of a love of hard cider and fine casual food—the duo spending most of their time working with staff and talking to customers to keep things running smoothly. With 20-plus taps to choose from, the attentive crew behind the bar will educate you to your heart’s desire. This time of year, the seasonals sell out quick. Order the 2 Towns Hollow Jack from Oregon alongside a heaping charcuterie board. Itching to hit the road? Here are the best travel destinations for fall.
Bantam Cider, Somerville, Massachusetts
With a mission statement that says, “We’re on a mission to help shape the world of modern day cider. We are small but mighty…we are BANTAM!” you better bet Bantam Cider has some sensational stuff up their sleeves. The taproom features eight rotating taps that exhibit utter innovation in the hard cider industry. Get the Rojo if you like your cider fermented with wild cherries and black peppercorns. (Speaking of cherries, did you know they’re chock-full of antioxidants?)