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Joy to the world 

Break out the ugly sweaters: December at Bristols Cider House is all about getting cozy with friends and family. Dress your gang in the most festive garb, Santa hats, and ugly Christmas sweaters for a night of holiday shenanigans and wood-fired pizza on Dec. 10 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. (cider gift packs are also available for pickup; 3220 El Camino, Atascadero) … Earlier this month, The Wellness Kitchen in Templeton gave away 60 quarts of rebuilding bone marrow broth to more than 42 needy folks as part of its Pay it Forward Meal Program. To learn more about the nonprofit’s mission to bring healing food to those in critical need or to make a holiday donation, visit thewkrc.org).

Sip sensation

Pop a top again: BarrelHouse Brewing Company is now serving up its first ever India Pale Lager, which is really quite delicious and perfect for fall food pairings. Plus, it’s fun to hang out at the bar and check out their festive holiday décor ($6 for a pint; 3055 Limestone Way, Paso Robles) … East Wellbeing Tea isn’t your average teahouse and spa. Instead of asking “what do you want?” it asks, “What does your body need today?” Pick up a hot cup that will aid in digestion, relaxation, detoxing, and focus at this new, relaxing hideaway (eastwellbeing.com; 1238 Monterey St.) … McCarthy’s Irish Pub has lit its famous Christmas tree. Covered in beer cans and mementos, it truly is a sight to behold on a winter night.

New tastes, ahoy!

Cut that ribbon: Nino’s Grill is open for business in Templeton! With brisket, pulled pork, and barbecued chicken on the menu—plus a covered, heated patio—we can pretend it’s summer barbecue season all year long (509 Main St., Templeton; call 434-5500 for more information or go to ninosgrill.com) … Paso Robles has long since been a hotbed for outrageous wines. Now it’s time to discover the region’s booming distillery scene. Check out Re:FIND; Red Soles Stillhosue; Pendray’s Distillery; Krobar at Grey Wolf Cellars and Silver Horse; Opolo Winery (now serving grappa); Wine Shine; and Bethel Rd. Distillery, Winery, and Public House. Cheers, ya’ll.

Send drinky thinks to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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