A hayseed hillbilly from rural Kansas, Richard Christy made his mark on The Stern Show long before Howard ever hired him. A frequent caller and contributor of Robin news parody songs, Richard went on to take top prize in the “Win John’s Job” contest in 2004. Now a producer, Richard continues to create some of the show’s most memorable pranks and phony phone calls, with the help of his partner and best friend, Sal Governale.
As funny as Richard is, his most impressive talent might be his drumming. Richard has drummed with heavy metal bands Death, Iced Earth and is currently with Charred Walls of the Damn. Due to his willingness to perform “gay” stunts on-air, some staff members question Richard’s sexuality. Nevertheless, Christy married his wife Kristin in 2011.
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Richard Christy turned San Diego Comic Con into his own personal Beer Con. Read his Beer-Blog below.
Brewkakke. A brilliant mash up of the words Brew and Bukakke created by a fan on Twitter after seeing a picture of my pasty Kansan face covered in fresh IPA right out of the spigot at Ballast Point Brewery in San Diego, California.
I’ve been a fan of West Coast IPA’s and California beers for a long time so when I found out I was going to Comic Con this year with my work wife Sal Governale and several other coworkers I was ecstatic.
There were many reasons for me to be excited about Comic Con. The beautiful weather, the horror film themed booths at Comic Con (I took my picture with a gang of Michael Meyers’ from Halloween), the great interviews that Sal and I were sure to get, the Stern Show sponsored Comic Con party, the live Wrap Up Shows, and THE BEER!
By day it was nonstop work at Comic Con and by night it was nonstop drinking at legendary San Diego bars and breweries. My first stop after arriving on Wednesday night in San Diego was to the beer store to stock up my hotel room with some good brews. Sal was annoyed that we had to stop before getting to the hotel but after he saw the beer store’s huge selection of Electronic Cigarette Juice he was satiated.
I was drooling at the selection of local beers and after picking up some beers from Pizza Port Brewing and Modern Times it was off to In N Out Burger with Jon Hein, JD, Sal, and Jim McClure. I knew that if I was going to be drinking I needed to start with a good base AKA not drink on an empty stomach, and In N Out Burgers make a really good base. It was so cool to eat at such an amazing burger place with THE fast food guru Jon Hein.
After scarfing a Double Double Animal Style and large fries, Sal and I headed off to Hamilton’s Tavern. Once there I was amazed to find that they had the beer boner inducing, delicious IPA Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing on tap, a legendary California beer that is very hard to find in NYC. At Hamilton’s we hung out with the owner Scot and also met up with Ballast Point head brewer Yuseff and his wife Ingrid. After a long flight, and many Pliny the Elder’s, Ballast Point Sculpin’s, and Monkey Paw Gibbon Back’s, Sal finally convinced me that it was time for bed.
The following night Sal and I were joined by my buddy Brian Slagel and we were off to the Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen in the Little Italy section of San Diego. This is where the so called “Brewkakke” happened after Yuseff from Ballast Point asked me to taste beer straight from the kettle. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!
We enjoyed many beers and some amazing food with Yuseff & Ryan and several other friends. A beer that I discovered that night totally blew me away and quickly became one of my favorites (I know I have a lot of beer favorites but this time I really mean it!), it was the Ballast Point Ghost Pepper Dorado Double IPA. It had the perfect mix of heat and hoppiness and I must have drank 3 or 4 of them, such an incredible beer. Getting to drink beer surrounded by the brew kettles that they were made in is really paradise for a beer geek like me!
The following night was Friday, and it was the first Friday night since probably high school that I didn’t drink a drop. I had a damn good excuse though, I was fortunate enough to be part of a Comic Con jam featuring musical heroes of mine such as Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo from Metallica, Gary Holt from Exodus and Slayer, Mark Osegueda from Death Angel, Doug Pinnick from King’s X and fellow drummers Tom Hunting from Exodus and Stephen Perkins from Jane’s Addiction.
I NEVER drink before I play drums and especially not when I’m playing with musical legends such as the guys I was jamming with that night. I did celebrate with a few beers back at the hotel after the gig (although technically by then it was Saturday morning, so my not drinking on Friday night quote still holds true), Pizza Port Brewing SIPA in the can, it was the perfect nightcap to end an amazing night of jamming with some metal legends.
The final night in San Diego was spent at an amazing Brewery/Pizza restaurant called Pizza Port Brewing Company in Ocean Beach. With my good buddy and former drum tech Jerry in tow, we sat down directly in front of the brew kettles and proceeded to go down the list of delicious Star Wars themed beers which fit perfectly with the Comic Con theme of the weekend. We also tried a beer brewed in part by Wil Wheaton of Star Trek the Next Generation fame with Stone Brewing Co. called Stone Farking Wheaton Wootstout. At 13% ABV it will put some hair on your poop shoot (which is a good thing, or in less pervy terms, I’m saying that it is strong and tastes amazingly good).
My buddy Jerry and I ended up meeting some fellow heavy metal fans at Pizza Port, one of whom ended up being a brewer there, and we got to try the beer that he named after his band, called Eukaryst Sinister Imperial Stout. How amazing is it to not only be in a band but to also get to brew an amazing beer in honor of your band! Needless to say it was really cool getting to share a beer with the man that created it while also getting to talk about our love for heavy metal, which including a discussion about the awesomeness of the band Manowar and their loincloths.
I can talk metal and beer all night, and that’s pretty much what my buddy Jerry and I did at Pizza Port on the final night of Comic Con. After heading back to the hotel my buddy Jerry and I also enjoyed a couple of home brews from an awesome fan named Eric who brought me a couple bottles of his beer. The beer was amazing and I’ve actually stayed in touch with the fan because I’m also an aspiring home brewer who still has a lot to learn, so thank you Eric for your amazing beers and advice on home brewing!
After a whirlwind weekend at San Diego Comic Con it was time to head back to New York City, although that didn’t mean that I was finished drinking. My buddy Jerry and I started with mimosas and breakfast at the hotel before I headed to the airport. Once at the airport I was creaming in my jeans when I spotted a Stone Brewing Co. bar at Terminal 2, I was in heaven!
With tons of taps of delicious Stone beer and also an amazing bottle list, I had a blast getting warmed up for my flight with fellow coworker Ben Barto. I’m sure Ben could see the excitement in my eyes when I found out that you could also buy bottles to take home!
I asked for the rarest Stone beers that are hard to find in NYC and took some brews to drink back in New York to remind me of how amazing San Diego is. I also was able to bring back a few delicious beers in my luggage, including some amazing Coronado Brewing Company bottles courtesy of an awesome fan at our Comic Con signing who brought me a few bottles to take home, and a bottle of Habanero Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point which my wife and I drank last night, SO DELICIOUS!
During the hour long wait in the cab line at JFK I decided to delve into my luggage and pop open a few cans of the Pizza Port Brewing SIPA, which made the wait for a cab go by much faster and also eased any stress I would have normally had after a long day of flying.
In closing, if you’re a beer fan and you can ever make it out to San Diego, you will be in heaven, I know I was! Thank you to Howard and everyone here at work for the amazing time at Comic Con and thanks to everybody I met there and anyone I’ve ever shared a beer with! Cheers!
Richard “Beer!” Christy
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