According to the ship logs from The Mayflower, the Pilgrims chose to land early because they were running out of beer. Fortunately for modern day folk, the situation is not as dire, and good beer abounds. This coming Thanksgiving holiday, don’t forget that beer and food go beautifully together and be sure to stop by the Fieldwork Brewing Company taproom to stock up on fresh, delicious beer to pair with all of your Thanksgiving favorites! Below is our guide to some suggested pairings with traditional dishes.

Begin by warming up your palate with something light and flavorful, such as the Outdoor Hoppy Pilsner. This classic style is turned on its head with a bright and grassy hop aroma, while still leaving your taste buds in peak condition to enjoy the flavors to come. Perfect with appetizers and snacks.

Moving into your first courses, salads, vegetable dishes and the like, a light and flavorful saison, such as Farmhouse Wheat pairs quite well. Notes of white pepper and lemon compliment the bright flavors of Autumn produce. If roasted turkey, sage and pecan stuffing, and pan-dripping rich gravy are your style of main courses, try a medium-bodied Belgian ale. Hannah in the Wild, Brett Biere de Garde is a more malt forward style with hints of dark fruit, cinnamon, and banana chips. It was finished with the wild yeast strain brettanomyces, which exhibits dry, hay-like characteristics, making this a versatile and, of course, food friendly style to please many palates.

To finish the meal, a rich, dark ale is recommended to compliment a wide assortment of pies and desserts. Minoterie, Brett Belgian stout has all of the complex aromas of dark chocolate, charred oak, and raisins, while still being extremely smooth and drinkable.

Stop by the taproom soon, try a flight, and take some beer home in 64 ounce growlers, 32 ounce growlers, or 32 ounce Crowlers. The tap list is constantly changing so be sure to ask your bartenders for recommended pairings.

The Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is delighted to offer all you fungi lovers out there the opportunity to order fresh truffles throughout this holiday season! Currently the extremely rare and sought after white Alba truffles (Tuber magnatum) are available, as well as the fall Burgundy truffles (Tuber Uncinatum). They will be sold by the ounce and are a pre-order item.

You can just drop by the Cheese & WIne Merchant and place your order with a staff member, or contact Justin at 707.257.5200. Your order will need to be placed by Tuesday, or no later than noon on Wednesday, to have it ready for pick up by the following Thursday. This way of pre-ordering will ensure you receive your truffles in the freshest and highest quality possible. Prices will vary, so inquire when ordering or anytime before.

Also, around mid-December, depending when they come into season, the Cheese & Wine Merchant will also have available the black winter Perigord truffles.Let the the Truffle parties begin!

Also, for the first time this year Beecher’s handmade cheese, located at Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA, has released its seasonal Flagsheep cheddar! This is a wonderfully delicious sheep’s milk version of their Flagship Reserve, a handmade cow’s milk clothbound cheddar made in the fashion of traditional English style cheddars.

You do NOT want to miss out on grabbing yourself a chunk of this amazing limited release cheddar.
Please stop by the Cheese & WIne Merchant and ask any cheesemonger behind the counter to help you to a taste of this rare gem. Once you try it we guarantee you won’t walk away empty-handed!

Stay indoors this Thanksgiving and snuggle in deeper to your slippers and enjoy these warm and cozy spirits! This Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) gift set includes their Ginn, brandy cordial, and cherry brandy.

Brandy Cordial

Their Brandy Cordial is a true California original. Made from premium baby bourbon barrel-aged brandy, it is bursting with aromas of butterscotch pudding, chamomile toffee and treacle pie which evolve into silky pecan pie, dried apricot and subtle sweet floral notes on the long and elegant finish.

Old Hollywood Ginn ~ A Scandalous Blend of Botanicals in Brandy.

A recipe that’s LA Confidential and so very “Hush Hush,” Old Hollywood Ginn is a speakeasy style spirit infused with 9 rare botanicals plus a touch of oak for a flavor that’s sure to take you back to late suppers at the Brown Derby!

It’s a Hollywood original worthy of the lead role in many classic cocktails or a “Close-Up” with a splash of tonic.

Cherry Brandy

Aged 2 years in used bourbon barrels, this brandy is deep, heady, and dapper. The smooth herbal qualities mature into deep oak and stewed cherry notes framed by a subtle yet firm floral character that are reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

Handmade the old fashioned way by the artisans at Napa Valley Distillery.

Whole Spice has all the spices you need to warm up your house for these chilly nights! Make yourself this spiced apple cider recipe and cozy up to the fire or serve to friends and family. Whole Spice apple cider spice is sold in bulk or jars, and better check out the mulling spices while you’re there!

Also, Whole Spice will be offering a 20 percent discount the last three days of the month, November 28-29.

Spiced Apple Cider
A simple, spiked cider to warm you inside and out. (serves 4)

Ingredients:
4 cups apple cider or apple juice
4 Tbsp. brandy
2 tsp. Whole Spice Apple Cider Spice
Half of an apple, sliced thinly
Cinnamon sticks

Directions:
In a saucepan, combine cider or juice, brandy and apple cider spice. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Add a slice of apple and cinnamon stick for garnish before serving. Enjoy!

These two cuties are helping to whip up something for Thanksgiving and it isn’t mashed potatoes! Wood Fiber Clay is having a 20 percent off sale from Friday, November 18 through Tuesday, November 22.

Shop the pop-up at Oxbow Public Market or their website with the code “Gratitude.” Pick up a great gift to take to the host or hostess on Thanksgiving, like a beautiful handcarved bowl from A Question of Eagles, a solid brass bottle opener from Ft. Standard, or a scented pillar candle from Le Feu d’Leau.

And, get your holiday shopping done early! Wood Fiber Clay has limited quantities of their unique collection of handcrafted items, so don’t wait. They will ship purchases over $100 free of charge and provide complimentary gift wrap.

“I love this time of year because I love to celebrate giving and receiving and I hope my favorite things will be some of yours, too!” Oprah   One item on her 2016 “Favorite Things” list: The Model Bakery’s English muffins. She  calls them “scrumptious all over” and suggests pairing them with preserves from Clif Family. The English muffins & preserve set is available on Amazon, but of course, you can get your English muffins at Oxbow Public Market. “I don’t have to tell you all how much I love bread. These English muffins are my current carb of choice: crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and scrumptious all over—especially when slathered with the amazing Clif Family preserves that are included. Full disclosure: I took a few bags home from the shoot!” – Oprah