Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


While success ruin the new world’s best brewery?

While success ruin the new world’s best brewery?

Earlier this year, Hill Farmstead Brewery usurped Three Floyds as the general-consensus “World’s Best Brewery,” at least in terms of crowd-sourced opinion (such things are, obviously, every-fluctuating and nigh-on impossible to quantify). Now, this is impressive enough on its own merits. Three Floyds is a veritable behemoth in the craft beer community — not quite […]

A really good book

A really good book

I’ll admit, there are more pressing issues to write about this week: Wal-Mart having the star-collapsingly giant balls to hold a food drive for its employees instead of paying them a decent wage (a Walmart executive: “Most of our employees are on food stamps”), McDonald’s official employee financial guide suggesting that workers sell their belongings […]

Back Pew Hero Worship: A Passing of the Torch

Back Pew Hero Worship: A Passing of the Torch

Usually, when I write about combat sports, most of this column is concerned with unpacking various tidbits, ripple effects and societal implications writ large by a fight’s outcome. This “slice n’ dice, followed by cross-section examination” method has worked — admittedly, to varying degrees — for so long because most of the fights I write […]

Practice Makes Perfect, Especially When It Comes to Beer

Practice Makes Perfect, Especially When It Comes to Beer

I don’t talk about my day job much in this space. When I do, I typically mention it in a self-deprecating way — frankly, black humor is how most service industry workers keep themselves from killing customers and each other — or as a stray offhand remark. At this point, however, my work bears a […]

Old Vegas Refuses to Die

Old Vegas Refuses to Die

I’m barely 24 hours removed from my first trip out to Las Vegas, and I’m not sure I’ve yet recovered. This, I think, owes less to the physical and psychological exhaustion that accompanies, let’s face it, most vacations, than it does to the fact that I’m still not sure how I feel about Las Vegas […]

The Best Horror Flicks You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

The Best Horror Flicks You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

With regards to this job, these are the weeks I prefer. The theme is already somewhat predestined — hello, the 31st — and so I get to bask in the convenience of actually doing what I’m pretty sure it seems like I do every week: laze around watching “Sister Act” (true story) until I’m drunk […]

Fiction and Reality Are Remarkably Similar

Like I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I’m in the middle of reading Neal Stephenson’s fantasy/hacker/Blade-Runner-meets-Matrix novel “Snow Crash.” I’m not typically in the habit of endorsing books — especially not books that, like this one, absolutely do not need any sort of further lauding — but Stephenson is one of the maybe five […]

This Is Not a Game

Typically, writing about something like the current government shutdown would be the sort of monstrously predictable thing I’d try to avoid in this column. See, I kinda-sorta learned my lesson about a year ago after I published that “However Many Stupid Things Mitt Romney has Said Up to this Point” article. Oh, don’t get me […]

Regarding the MLB playoffs and government shutdown

I’m feeling fairly nostalgic this week. Though I’ve not been that dedicated a baseball fan during the 2013 season — the bulk of my involvement has been consoling toasted Wisconsonites at the bar while the totally-not-foreseeable Ryan Braun saga unfolded — I’ve paid enough attention to know that the baseball gods want me to write […]