If you didn’t know that the holidays are coming up, this weekend’s events will certainly remind you. Apparently all food consumption must be holiday-themed throughout December, so lean in and reach for another slice of pumpkin pie, amigos. Carbs help you stay warm through the winter, you know.
Adobe Gingerbread Houses at Bosque Brewing
Another event involving cookies and beer? Yes! Because it’s been a long year and we all deserve some sugar. Bosque Brewing Nob Hill (106 Girard Blvd SE) is hosting a gingerbread house building event on Thursday, Dec. 13, for you and the little ones to build a very New Mexican holiday tradition. Each flat-roofed house kit comes ready with a miniature chile ristra, luminarias and other candies to decorate your work of art. There are two separate seatings at 6pm and 8pm, and tickets are $30 each or buy 3, get 1 free. Check out moonlightmakes.com to buy tickets.
If you’ve been missing the Rail Yards Market as much as I have, then you’ll be excited to hear that their holiday market is this weekend—and they’ve extended it to three days this time. Friday through Sunday, the Rail Yards (777 First Street SW) will once again be bustling with farmers and bakers and makers of all sorts selling their wares, and you ought to be there to get some locally made goodies for all those on your gift list. The market goes from noon to 4pm each day, and you can be sure there will be plenty of coffee, apple cider and hot cocoa to keep you warm while you shop. If the lovely people from Red Tractor Farm happen to be there, you’d better get some of their apricot lavender jam before I buy all of it.
I know that the whole food and drink “pairing” dynamic has gotten a little out of control in recent years, but I find nothing wrong with the idea of pairing cookies and beer. On Friday, Dec. 14, visit Jubilation Beer Wine & Spirits (3512 Lomas Blvd NE) for a pairing of Bosque Brewing’s canned beers and Rude Boy Cookies’ baked treats between 4 and 6pm. My favorite of the Bosque lineup, the Elephants on Parade, is paired with a white chocolate chip sugar cookie and a dollop of strawberry ice cream. Yes, please. Come hungry and thirsty, but also come ready to learn some things about flavor profiles and tasting notes. What, you thought there wasn’t some science to this tasting stuff? This is a free event, but Rude Boy Cookies will be sold separately (and make great holiday gifts, by the way). Please show up older than 21 and ready to prove it with an ID.