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It’s the best time of year to be a confectionary architect. Personally, I’ve never been too skilled in the European tradition of gingerbread house making, though it’s easy to appreciate the craft (as well as the ingredients, if and when the builders are willing to see their creations dismantled and devoured).

Enthusiasts of the dessert-based craft have their pick of two events tonight at venues with strikingly similar names. In Parkville, the newly opened Das Bierhalle will host you and the kiddos from 4-7 p.m., after which adults will take over. Admission for kids ($21) includes all house-building materials, plus a free meal from the kids menu and unlimited hot chocolate. For adults ($30), it includes the supplies plus all-you-can-drink beer, call drinks or seasonal cocktails.

Down in South Baltimore, things will get more competitive at Das Bier Haus, the German food and beer spot just south of Federal Hill. For the first leg of the evening, from 6:30-8 p.m., kids ($15 admission) can run wild with the confectionary décor, no competition needed. But after 8 p.m., the adults will compete to see who can make the greatest cookie-and-candy-built estate, with the winners taking home prizes and bragging rights. The deal is $20 for materials plus a half-liter of beer, or $30 for all-you-can-drink rails and domestic beers.

Starts at 4 p.m. for Das Bierhalle, address, $21-30, Facebook event.

Starts at 6:30 p.m. for Das Bier Haus, 1542 Light St., $15-30, Facebook event

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...