Apple, sauced

Ginja Ninja, 2 Towns Ciderhouse

Illustration by serene lusano

For once we can thank the gluten-free trend, because most bars and restaurants carry at least one hard cider nowadays—usually from locals Two Rivers Cider Co. or Common Cider Co. Their ciders usually run the gamut of sweet and fruity, and while delicious, I often crave something light, dry and a little more complex. Enter the Ginja Ninja from 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Corvallis, Ore., which pours pale gold and cleanly balances notes of tart green apple and spicy ginger. It'd pair well with an aged, nutty sheep's cheese, say, from The Rind, which regularly carries 12-ounce cans. 1801 L Street,