|Owner and Bar Tender Gene courtesy of The Pitt News|
We immediately noticed Gene's fine selection of barely and hops. Of course they had the usual over-hyped regulars, but they also had some atypical brews such as Mon Valley favorite Stoney's, Hop n Gator, 75 cents a beer, and a little known American lager named Gibbons. (See Pills' blog about Gibbons below) This bar became in instant favorite for us and a regular stop in Oakland. 'Steller' even coined the infamous phrase, "Hey Barkeep, get this man a Gibbons!" at this fine establishment. Mr. Ney was always professional and accommodating to the group. A few of us once stopped there around Thanksgiving and Gene was frying a turkey for his customers, it was one of the finest turkey's we have ever eaten. Gene has made his residence above the bar, which makes for a convenient commute to work as a Professor at Carlow University and easy access to tend some bar. I'm wondering if he has a pole that slides from his apartment down to the bar a la Batman.
We have even heard stories that Gene would leave a case of beer on the bar for the birthday of an old high school acquaintance of ours after hours. It's always nice to walk in and be greeted by the Grumble, see regulars like 'Kevin Smith', and see Gene doing what he loves. I thought I'd share a Pitt News article from October 2009 that some of you may have already seen.