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Actor Kelsey Grammer visits Schenectady pub

Photo courtesy Mitchell Ramsey/Jay St. Pub

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (WRGB) – The Electric City had some star power this weekend.

Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer, best known for roles on classic sitcoms like ‘Cheers’ and ‘Frasier,’ turned up at the Jay St. Pub in Schenectady on Saturday afternoon.

Grammer’s visit to the establishment was seemingly brewing for awhile, according to pub owner Mitchell Ramsey.

“My remarkable liquid rep, Ben Harrington, came in one day, looked at me and said, 'Hey man, you have to try this beer.' It was a very drinkable ale with great taste. He gave me the backstory about Kelsey Grammer and his beer Faith American, and naturally, I couldn’t resist to add it to my draft line. I tell my reps I'm a sucker for marketing, and normally if it has a great handle and a good story I’m sold,” said Ramsey.

Not long after, Ramsey said Grammer’s assistant found out that the pub had the beer and stopped in for a picture. Then on Saturday, the pub learned that Grammer was actually going to check out the place for himself.


“Fast forward to about 1 p.m. Saturday. Grammer’s assistant told me he and Kelsey were en route to come have a beer. Mr. Grammer sat at the bar and engaged in conversations with patrons. He was generous with his time and hung out for [awhile],” Ramsey said.

Photos that the pub posted on social media show the 63-year-old Grammer mingling with a group of guests. The photos have generated hundreds of reactions.

“At first people couldn’t believe it was him," Ramsey said. "He was very nice to everyone and insisted on paying for his beer. It was very exciting to have him there.”

Ramsey credits Schenectady’s ongoing revitalization for making the visit possible.

“None of this would have been possible without the great moves the City of Schenectady has been making to attract new business such as my establishment and celebrities such as Kelsey to the area," he said.

Grammer’s beer brand, Faith American, is "born in the Catskills," and its corporate address is in Margaretville, New York. And if you’re wondering, the beer he ordered was indeed his own brand.

The Jay St. Pub opened earlier this year at 118 Jay Street.

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