Badass beer: Ruthless Rye

By |  March 13, 2014

My friends over at Sierra Nevada like to shoot a pony keg my way every so often. They’re avid golfers and enjoy checking out the blog and the magazine. So the least I can do is tell you a little about the beer currently on tap here at Golfdom Editorial Headquarters in Eudora, Kan.


Photo: Golfdom Staff

Ruthless Rye is a fierce IPA. Just look at the head on that pint! You almost need a fork to drink this stuff.

I don’t always go for the IPAs, but this one is legit. I’m no beer writer (or expert), but I get a smoky, maybe spicy taste. The first sip is always the “smokiest,” then I get a little used to it. It goes down smooth, but like any IPA, it’s got to be COLD to be great…

Warning, it’s 6.6% ABV, so it has a kick to it. Just one, on an empty stomach, can make me feel a little warm and fuzzy. By No.2 I feel much more charming and better looking, in general.

The thing I like about it best is, it’s a rugged beer… you know you’re drinking a strong beer with a bold taste when you’re having a Ruthless Rye. It’s not a beer I’d want to drink in volume, like at a tailgate party, or any given Tuesday night at the Jones casa. It is a beer I kinda want to have a cigar with. Haven’t done that yet, the weather has been too cold.

But check it out if you see it at the liquor store. And if you’ve got a good recommendation for me, let me know!

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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at

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