WOODCHUCK PEAR CIDER ($8 per six-pack)
In rural Middlebury, Vermont (six hours from New York, four and a half hours from Boston, three hours from Montreal, and pretty much nowhere near anywhere else), The Green Mountain Cidery produces a beverage that dates back to the early days of the American colonies. Cider was, in fact, the all-American drink of choice until it was supplanted by beer, which became the country's populist drink in the 19th century.
These days, there's a revival of interest in ciders of all sorts. Ironically, the cider renaissance is a spin-off of the craftbrew movement, proving that everything moves in cycles. Many cider aficionados start as beer drinkers. The Woodchuck brand is made at the Green Mountain Cidery, where pear is the most recent addition to the Woodchuck lineup, which also includes three different apple ciders. I like this unassuming but tasty cider with sandwiches of all kinds, but it really hits the spot with a tuna melt.