Hey Ryan, just let me know where to ship your beer.

At this point, writing this blog seems like just another coin tossed in a fountain. Everyone has shared amazing things about Ryan Davis, and my story isn't any more special than anyone else. I never worked with him, I haven't been visiting Giant Bomb since its inception, and I never watched him in the Gamespot days. But Ryan has meant a lot to me over the last few years.

When I first started visiting Giant Bomb and listening to the Bombcast, Ryan was the immediate draw. He was funny, engaging, and knowledgeable. The Jeff/Ryan power team was unstoppable. I laughed out loud in more inappropriate venues than I can count, and I was thankful for it. I watched mailbag after mailbag, wanting to come up with something to do for the guys that had given me so much entertainment over the last few years. Then PAX East rolled around.

On a whim, I decided to brew up some Giant Bomb themed beer for the guys. I'm not anyone special. I'm not in the games industry, I didn't expect anything to come of this; I just wanted to give something back to the guys that had given me so much over the years. When I finished the initial brewing, I sent a message to Ryan via Twitter, and just told him plainly: "I have ten gallons of beer for you."

Days passed, and I heard nothing. And then Ryan followed me on Twitter and sent me a DM:

The next day we were chatting logistics on the phone, and we settled on the most basic of solutions. I was to pack some beer in a backpack and drive to the Brattle Theater, where the Harmonix crew was hosting them for Rock Band night. When I arrived, I waited around for word that Ryan and co. had arrived, and approached him with my sketchy heavy backpack. It was like he had known me for years. He brought me up to the balcony where everyone was setting up, I poured beers for everyone, and we all started chatting. I have never met a group of guys that are more personable and in tune with their fans than the Giant Bomb crew, and Ryan is a shining example of a guy that can make you feel welcome instantly and talk to you like you've been friends forever on day one. At one point, I pulled him aside and asked him if he wanted me to head back downstairs for a few. I told him I didn't want to intrude. His response? "No no no, you're in now. You're good."

That's the welcoming bastard I love.

I don't want to get long winded, and I don't want to get hyperbolic, so I'm going to keep this to bullet points. These are things that Ryan Davis has done for me since that day when I sent him a twitter message:

  • Welcomed me to the Giant Bomb/Whiskey Media family
  • Introduced me to John Drake, Pope, Casey, and the rest of the Bomb crew, all of whom I consider friends
  • Pimped my beer more than anyone
  • Put me in touch with Joey Fameli from Tested, who I started a beer podcast with
  • Introduced me to Pascual, Phil Reno, and the mod team, who I consider good friends
  • Reached out to try and help get me a job when I lost my teaching position
  • Remained endlessly supportive of my stupid brewing and dumb ideas, for which I am grateful

Ryan, wherever you are, know that when PAX East rolls around, I'll be brewing up a batch of this for the whole crew, and I'm gonna pour one out for you.

44 Comments
45 Comments
Posted by mlarrabee

Man, I've been good for about four hours, and your beer label of all things has to start the waterworks again!

Edited by ahgunsillyo

That's some pretty awesome stuff, Brewmaster Andy. So much respect to you for doing that.

Posted by Shmellow

Well said, man. This is really thoughtful of you and I'm glad that Ryan left such a lasting impression on you as he seemed to have left on so many people. Cheers!

Edited by TheUnsavedHero

A fitting tribute to an awesome fella. He would be proud. Keep on brewing.

Posted by Hadukinz

Beautiful Tribute!

Posted by Vrikk

Beautiful.

Edited by mintyice

Great story! I'm a homebrewer as well and I'd love to get the recipe.

Posted by MightyDuck

Excellent post! Very well said.

It's great to read all these stories of fans that Ryan interacted with in some capacity. It continues to shed light on a genuine and good guy.

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Posted by DefaultProphet

God damnit between this and the KentiaHall tumblr post I'm bawling again. I envy your friendship and at the same time can't imagine what a wreck I would be in your shoes. Fucking damnit

Posted by vikingdeath1

pour out a case in his honor, or get shitfaced in his honor. both are appropriate.

Edited by SharpShotApollo

I feel like this might one of the most fitting tributes. Cheers, Andy!

Edited by Bhouse563

Sounds like he had a huge impact, Ryan has left a great legacy. Thank you

Edited by RedRocketWestie

Brew as much as you can. I have a feeling those beers will want to be shared.

Posted by a_randay92

Brilliant. Simply brilliant. That must have been a lot of fun brewing some awesome beer and having the GB crew enjoy it.


Posted by DEFE

That's a darn good story. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by SSully

Great tribute duder, thanks for sharing

Posted by jeffisbiking

I really love that label. Any chance you could sell some to some duders and donate some of the money toward whatever is going to pop up in the days ahead to help Ryan's wife deal with some of the unexpected expenses ahead? I'd really love to have some of this to help remember him by.

Posted by Blu3V3nom07

I loved your pun. Beautiful. RIP Ryan.

Posted by DGBruin08

Simply an amazing tribute during such a terrible time for our community.

Edited by GValo

That's amazing man. Every time Ryan pimped one of your beers, I wanted to try one so bad. I know shipping beer is kind of a no-no but if you ever decide to print up a bunch of labels and sell empty bottles with the label on them, consider one already sold to me

Posted by Lolzhacked

Thank you for sharing this Andy, that was a really great tribute. That will be the greatest beer ever!

Edited by Nerolus

That's just awesome.

Posted by JBG4

Great post... well said.

Posted by a_beluga_whale

This is really an amazing tribute.

Posted by Phatmac

Excellent tribute, Andy. I'm gonna miss Ryan :(

Posted by Hoffafiles

<> RIP

Posted by Brewmaster_Andy

Thanks, all.

Posted by EverFrost

Good on you, sir. What a wonderful tribute.

Posted by ch3burashka

I'd like to imagine you brewing an entire keg, and pouring it all out.

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Posted by TheDoorman

Great tribute. Just another example of how Ryan made a profound impact on people who he met in person or people who had watched him over the years.

Posted by InsaneGenis

As a member of the Giant Bomb community, I love you all!

Posted by ScreamingGhost

That's a great story thanks for sharing it.

Posted by BD_Mr_Bubbles
Posted by DedBeet

Good stuff. Thank you for sharing. Damn, my eyes are all wet again.

Posted by cloudnineboya

got to stop reading posts, got to log off this made me nearly tear up again ,can't handle it any more.

Posted by The_Hiro_Abides

Thanks for sharing your story and great tribute. If you somehow commercially release that beer. I, for one, would buy a case and I haven't drank beer in years.

Posted by pipedreams

Well, I was fine and then the logo happened and I got all teary eyed. Touching plan, can't wait to see it happen.

Edited by Red12b

I'd like to imagine you brewing an entire keg, and pouring it all out.

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this

I'm not so much a beer guy, I found solace in drinking my way through a Jack bottle ha!

Posted by JCTango

:( probably one of the best stories about Mr. Davis I have heard thus far.

Posted by jiggajoe14

Wonderful and really touching post. I would love to drink one of those in his honor but for now I will definitely having several beers in his honor his week.

<> Ryan

Edited by weegieanawrench

A great post, Andy. I would also love to buy an empty bottle with that label on it. I lost it at the Hoppily Ever After label.

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Posted by rawrsair

This is a great story and very heart warming.

Edited by redrohX

Man, I can't keep it dry with these stories...

Edited by Rolento

Really great tribute, Andy. Thanks for sharing it.

Posted by Brewmaster_Andy

If anyone wants a label, send me a PM with your address. I also have some left over from this year's original "Fuck Weizen Davis" batch.

I miss this guy. Badly.