806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Alleys, Axles & Ales Tour: Volunteers Needed

We’re seeking neighbors who are willing to open their homes (and garages) for the Alleys, Axles & Ales tour.

The target date is September 23. We also need volunteers who are willing to work in preparing and executing the tour. Please contact Carol Gomrick at if you are able to help.

Alleys, Axles and Ales

Submitted by Abi Webb

Allegheny West has always been known for showing its beautiful Victorian homes and gardens on tour days. The alleys and garages have never been considered tour-worthy until now. On Saturday, September 24th attendees had the unique opportunity of strolling the backstreets of our neighborhood, peering into garages and carports to admire a different type of beauty—the neighbors’ car collections.

Even if cars weren’t your first interest, it did not hurt to offer 6 local brews from Penn Brewery, East End Brewery and War Streets Brewery on a perfect fall day – or to indulge in a Nathan’s hot dog on a Breadworks bun from Hott Dawgz food truck. All in all, a fantastic day for a new tour!

Photographs by Sara Sweeney

We would like to extend a very special thank-you to our sponsors this year, namely Babb Insurance – who offered Blitzburgh for registration and their two lots for parking – and Process Reproductions – for printing our posters and brochures and for bringing a ton of great cars for guests to admire. In addition, we want to thank Greg Coll for his creativity and attention to detail in creating our posters, flyers, program and Facebook page.

In addition, thank you to our dedicated neighbors Brian O’Neill, Cathy Serventi, Scott and Hillary Mosser and Tom Barbush, who really ran with a great idea and made it happen! And finally, thank you to the dozens of neighbors who helped clean up the alleys for the tour, volunteered their time to help with the event and offered to show their cars and garages. We could not have done it without you. Thank you all for a very successful day!

Alleys, Axles and Ales Tour – Volunteers Still Needed!

On September 24th, the first ever Alleys, Axles and Ales Tour will take place. The tour is a fundraising event which consists of walking the alleys of the neighborhood to admire cars in garages while sampling local beers.

Organizer Abi Webb is still in need of volunteers to help with ticketing, parking information, pouring beers and set-up for the volunteer party. Please email her if you’re interested and able to help: There will be a final planning meeting at Abi’s house on (847 W North Avenue) on Monday, September 19th at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend that has signed up to volunteer or wants to learn more about event.

Note: If you have tickets to attend, please note that all tours start at Babb Inc, 850 Ridge Avenue (in rear of building).

Traffic Advisory for September 24th: Maolis and Buttercup (from Rope Way to Galveston Avenue) will be closed to traffic on Saturday, September 24th from 12:00-5:00 pm. These alleys will be open only to pedestrians participating in the tour. Neighbors that typically access their garage during these hours should move their cars before the tour begins. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation!