{Gallivant} Bantam Cider | Boston, Massachusetts

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While John and I were in Massachusetts in January we headed into Somerville, (along with my brother and cousins) to check out my cousin Antonia's art, which is on display at Bantam Cider's taproom. We spent the afternoon tasting cider and admiring Antonia's work as well as the gorgeous space that it hangs in.

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My brilliant Antonia next to one of her pieces.

My brilliant Antonia next to one of her pieces.

Antonia, who was a double math and art major in college, has been working on a series based on fractals. She begins with "carefully calculated mathematical processes that evolve into something chaotic and unpredictable. The images portray a physical representation of abstract mathematical concepts, including chaos theory and the fractal sets." (Read more on her website here.) Her work is different than anything I have ever seen, and so striking. I am so not a math person, so to be able to bridge my world (arts, literature, creativeness, etc) with the math world totally blows my mind and fascinates me. Her paintings completely elevate the (already lovely) Bantam space, and also serve as a unique conversation point for people who are tasting.

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Given our passion for all things locally owned and sourced, we loved checking out Bantam and everything we tasted was delicious. My favorites were the "Wild One," made with wild yeast which lends it a sour taste with tons of funk, and the ginger beer, which was super spicy without being too sweet.  I followed up with Suzi, a former pastry-chef who is now a member of the Bantam team, to learn a little bit more about Bantam and cider in general. 

Where did the name "Bantam" come from?

The name Bantam means "small and mighty" and ultimately this embodies a couple of things about our company. First, we think it speaks to our home market of Boston - a small city that has the heart of a place five times the size. Also, we're a woman-owned and managed business navigating a heavily male dominated industry with big money brands. We take pride in the fact that we're forging full steam ahead.

Where do your apples come from?

We source our apples from orchards across Massachusetts. Beginning around Harvard and Stow and extending into Western Mass in towns like Colerain and Hawley.

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What are your favorite cider/food pairings?

Wunderkind: ideal with oysters or any type of shellfish, cheese: double creams or a hearty cheddar:   Moses Sleeper from The Cellars at Jasper Hill VT

Rojo: duck, pork or other white meats, dark chocolate and berries, cheese: Kunik from Nettle Meadow Farm is delicious

Smoked Saison: any sort of barbeque or dark red meats/steaks, cheese: Reserve Gouda from Uniekass Holland

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What is your favorite variety/flavor of Bantam?

It is hard to choose among all of the ciders because they are all good at different times and settings but the one not to miss out on would be the recently launched Smoked Saison.  The smoked-roasted apples blended with the Saison yeast has the perfect balance of smokiness and juicy apple character.  It is limited edition and available in stores for the next month or so.

Ciders really seem to be having a moment right now--what should drinkers be tasting for  in a good cider?

That's a tough question, because what it really gets down to is whether a person connects with a particular product or not. Some of our ciders are incredibly crisp and clean (Wunderkind) while others are deliberately not, and in fact are funky and sour (our Wild fermented varieties). Though for us, what we think speaks to a good cider is the balance and nuance of flavors. It's something that is difficult to describe, but you know it when you taste it.

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Where are you distributed?

Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut - and soon to be Rhode Island and New York. To locate a bottle shop, customers can access a list of retail locations on our website.

Do you host events in your space?

Yes. Outside of our standard taproom hours (Thurs/Friday 4-7pm, Saturday 1-7pm) we allow for private events. We've hosted corporate and civic events as well as birthday parties, anniversaries, engagement parties, etc.

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Thank you so much Suzi for chatting with us! We had such a fun afternoon and can't wait to stop by next time we are in town to see what is on tap. 

Bantam Cider Company, 40 Merriam St, Somerville, MA 02143, (617) 299 8600

xoxo,

Emily

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Happy Friday + Quick Trip to Boston

Fall Foliage | The Gallivant

I have a been a little naughty this week in neglecting the blog...The truth is that I have been busy getting ready to head up to Boston to attend Wayfair's Home For the Holidays Blogging Conference! I cannot tell you how excited I am to attend the event, which is being hosted with Boston Bloggers, and meet some of the faces behind the amazing blogs and companies from my hometown. It is also such a treat to be up in New England at this point in the season. It isn't quite freezing yet, but the foliage is amazing--the collection above is from my run this morning.

Right now I am sitting in my parents office while sipping a hot cup of coffee, and looking out at the brightly colored maple trees that line our driveway-- bringing back lots of nostalgic feelings of when I used to come home occasionally on the weekends from boarding school and do homework in this very spot, just as Autumn is about to round the corner into the holidays. We aren't able to make it up for Thanksgiving this year, so I am beyond grateful for this time to touch down and soak up the season for a few days. I would love to talk about the idea of "Home" and how it shifts in marriage, is complicated and a little confusing sometimes, but I think that deserves a whole post of it's own. All I can say is that I am happy to be here, and will be happy to go home to my husband on Monday. 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Expect a full round of posts next week, and in the weeks to come--I have so many ideas brewing. As always, thank you so much for stopping by. 

xoxo,

Emily

{Gallivant} Native Habitat

Happy Monday! Although I miss John terribly, I have had such a great weekend back up in Massachusetts with my parents and friends. My first night home my mom threw a party for my brother and I, and it was so special to hang out with so many of our favorite people in my parent's gorgeous back yard. 

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 Yesterday we took a long walk on the beach and just chilled out, and this morning my cousin Alexandra and I had the best run around our big loop. It was in the 60s and sunny, perfect running weather, and we couldn't beat the scenery. Makes training to be the next Villa marathoners that much better!

 

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One beautiful cousin took the plunge!

"Dad's Chair"

My mom, Blair, and I headed down to Newport today to spend a few days with my godmother and her family. It is so wonderful to be here as this is a place and group of people so dear to my heart. I am excited to catch up with everyone, enjoy the gorgeous weather, and sleep with the sounds of the sea right outside my window.

Hope everyone, no matter what they are up to, is having a lovely week!  

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It is good to be home.

xoxo, 

Emily

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Happy Friday!

So excited to see this sweet girl tomorrow!

So excited to see this sweet girl tomorrow!

Happy Friday everyone! It has been a fun and busy week down here as I have been getting ready to head up north to Massachusetts tomorrow for a week. I am beyond excited to go home to my parents house and see my family and friends, spend a few days in Rhode Island, and soak up the glory of New England summer.

I am going to try to stay consistent with my posting, but please forgive me if the Gallivant is a bit light next week. For more consistent updates, you can follow along on instagram! (@evr_thegallivant)

Here are some fun and adorable things from around the web:

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xoxo

Emily