Kim Richards

Kim Richards lives in Santa Rosa, California. She is an author, amateur cheese maker, wine/mead maker, and a novice home brewer. She enjoys a nice cocktail while listening to live music, watching movies and mixed martial arts, or dining at home and in restaurants. She and her husband frequent festivals and love to visit breweries and distilleries. Favorite cocktail: Old Fashioned with maple syrup.

A Visit to Moonlight Brewery’s Tap Room, Santa Rosa, California

By Kim Richards | January 14, 2017 |

Moonlight Brewery is located in Santa Rosa, California. While it is a small brewer, the brewery is best known for its beer Death and Taxes. We recently visited its tap room, which is on the brewery site. Unfortunately the brewers were not available to interview. However, the hosts of the tap room were very gracious and friendly,…

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Recipes: Celebrate Sailor Jerry’s 106th Birthday with 3 Cocktails

By Kim Richards | January 14, 2017 |

You can’t have an anniversary without a special anniversary edition bottle — and this one is certainly special, with Norman Collins’ photo on the back. You may know him better by another name: January 14th marks the 106th birthday of the undisputed father of old school tattooing, Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. Known for his unapologetic…

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Recipe: Bourbon and Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Pecan Pie with Bourbon Crust and Malted Whipped Cream

By Kim Richards | January 12, 2017 |

This incredible pecan pie recipe comes from Homebrewchef.com, which adapted it from a recipe in Beer Advocate magazine. I made this with Jim Beam Double Oak Twice Barreled Bourbon. For the Russian Imperial Stout, I used So Happens It’s Tuesday from The Bruery (A / $20 per 750ml bottle), which is aged in bourbon barrels. I was surprised…

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Recipe: Two Tequila Cocktails for National Hot Toddy Day

By Kim Richards | January 10, 2017 |

The typical Hot Toddy is made with whiskey. In honor of National Hot Toddy Day, here’s a spin on the formula. The following two recipes have a nice tequila twist to them and are brought to us from 1800 Tequila. The first is Miner’s Cough, which will delight coffee lovers around the world. The tequila enhances…

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Barrel 188: This Little Figgie Ale

Review: Bear Republic Barrel 188 This Little Figgie Ale

By Kim Richards | January 10, 2017 |

Just as there are dessert wines, I definitely classify Barrel 188 This Little Figgie from Bear Republic as a dessert ale. The initial sweetness is light and certainly that of figs, though they are not overpowering. The head is a nice tan color and also light. The body is a darker gold, almost the shade of…

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Review: Three Holiday Ales for 2016 – Bear Republic, The Bruery, St. Bernardus

By Kim Richards | December 28, 2016 |

Holidays always bring out the specialty brews to the delight of many beer and ale aficionados, including me. Most of these beers and ales are good for any fall holiday and work well into New Year’s Eve. Here are three ales are sure to please you as much as they did me. I recommend them…

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