Saute shallots in butter until tender. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add a bottle of Woodchuck Hard Cider Ale, and let simmer until it cooks down. About 15 minutes.
Make a slit down the side of each date and remove pit. Slice apples into slivers and insert a slice into each date. The slice of apple should be cut just large enough to barely protrude from the end of the date. Cut each slice of bacon in half and wrap around each date. Secure with a couple of toothpicks.
In an oven proof serving bowl, place the wrapped dates and bake 5 minutes. Turn and bake another 5 minutes or until bacon looks crispy.
Pour some of the hot ale mixture over the figs and serve.
To serve add a date or two to a small bowl and add a splash of the hard cider reduction.