SCHENECTADY — It might be safe to say everyone at the Jay St. Pub in Schenectady knew one patron’s name Saturday afternoon.
That’s because Emmy award-winning star of “Cheers” and “Frasier” Kelsey Grammer got away to make a surprise visit to the new downtown establishment.
Grammer, 63, stopped by to spend some time with patrons while also promoting his beer, Faith American, according to pub owner Mitchell Ramsey.
“At first people couldn’t believe it was him,” Ramsey told the Gazette Sunday via Facebook. “He was very nice to everyone and insisted on paying for his beer. It was very exciting to have him there.”
Ramsey posted three photos, including one of a small crowd that appeared to have gathered in front of the business to meet Grammer.
The Jay St. Pub has been open at 118 Jay. St. since August.
The Grammer visit appeared to have been in the works for some time, since Ramsey decided to add Grammer’s beer to the Jay St. Pub’s draft line.
Offered it, Ramsey liked it and its backstory. He “couldn’t resist” adding it.
Faith American is based in the Catskills and had a test batch produced at Schmaltz Brewing in Clifton Park last year, according to NewYorkUpstate.com.
“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,” Ramsey said.
Shortly afterward, Grammer’s assistant heard and stopped in and took a picture, Ramsey said.
Fast forward to Saturday afternoon at about 1, and Ramsey received word Grammer’s assistant and Grammer himself were on their way to have a beer, Ramsey said.
“Mr. Grammer sat at the bar and engaged in conversations with patrons. He was generous with his time and hung out for a while,” Ramsey said.
Ramsey also praised the work Schenectady has done to attract new businesses such as his, and celebrities like Grammer.
After he stayed for a bit and paid for his beer, Grammer and his assistant were on their way. And, judging by the Jay St. Pub photos, everyone was glad they came.