Dave Cerminara, founder of Apis Mead & Winery in Carnegie.

After four years of making beer for the Penn Brewery, Dave Cerminara struck out on his own earlier this year when he opened Apis Mead & Winery in Carnegie.

I went down to the food truck roundup at the Brew Gentlemen in Braddock and had a gyro from Gyros N’at. [Owner Thom Gulish’s] gyros are amazing, because he cooks the meat with the onions and some sauce, then adds more sauce. Gyros were a big deal to me growing up because we’d always go to Mike & Tony’s Gyros on Carson Street, and they had the best gyros, so I was very picky about it. My uncle grew up on the South Side, but lived in North Carolina, and I remember as a kid we’d pick him up at the airport 10 or 20 years ago and we couldn’t even go to my house because we had to go to Mike & Tony’s first. It didn’t matter if it was a Sunday morning or a Monday evening. As long as they were open, we’d go. He wasn’t happy until that happened.

Matthew Wein

Matthew Wein is a local writer, editor, blogger, storyteller and proud native Pittsburgher. Once described as "a man of things," he covers city design, spirits and craft beer for NEXT, where he keeps all of the editorial meetings light-hearted and interesting. His interests include sorting books, looking at old things and candles which smell like old-growth pine forests.