Pony Shack’s small-batch, specialty craft ciders are well worth the ride out to Boxboro. The Central Mass cidery impresses with approachable yet elevated brews like its bone-dry, champagne-style Fifer’s Dream or its Barrel Me Over cider, which is aged in rye whisky barrels. But Pony Shack does like to spice things up—literally—with brews like its Orchard Spice (there’s just a kiss of warm, fall aromatics in there), Russian Donkey (a cider-based take on a Moscow Mule with notes of lime and ginger) and Ginger Up! (it’s aged with ginger and really packs a punch). To taste them all—and so many more—book a tour and tasting at the cidery, or commit to one kind and grab a can at a local store or restaurant.