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Where Spotted: De Vinos, 2001 18th St. NW

Price: $6/375 mL

Apples and Oranges: Cider is a diverse beverage in its own right, with earthy English, tart Basque, and heady French varieties, and I don’t know why it’s always lumped in with beer. (Plus, you know, one’s made from apples and not barley.) This French cider veers closer to champagne than anything, with a crisp tang, a wisp of apple skin, and the all-important voluptuous carbonation. Monseiur pomme, if no one else will have you, the beer family welcomes you with open arms.

Singles Night: As a sometime solitary drinker, either I am taunted by a tantalizing row of 750 mL bottles, or I become recklessly liberal with my definition of “single serving.” But at last I have found this cider for one, an easy bottle to open without occasion. In fact, De Vinos has significant shelf space for small Belgian bottles and other reasons to celebrate drinking alone.

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