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The Kingston Brewing Company
Active Beers: 6
Beer Ratings: 32
Beer Avg: 3.29
Taps: 14 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
34 Clarence St
, K7L 1W9
phone: (613) 542-4978
Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.
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Reviews by bobsy:
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1 | $
How the heck did I forget to review the Kingston Brewpub? Here's how - stop into Kingston on the way back from a weekend in Montreal, madly finish up a pile of work and leave for 3 weeks in Japan a couple days later.
Anyway, the pub. I have fond memories of this place. My wife went to Queen's, and it was always a good spot for a pint and wings. Of course, that was over 6 years ago and I'm not a student any longer, so I have a different perspective now. Sunday night and the place is packed. Very student-orientated and clutter and bric-a-brac out the wazoo. Reasonable selection of taps for this part of the world, but sadly the beer is not in the greatest condition, and the cask ale is bordering on spoiled. The food is uniformly appalling. Four meals ranging from passable to depressing. Service was decent, but there's so many negatives that its easily overshadowed.
Sadly, Kingston is a bit of a desert when it comes to good beer bars, so this place is the only option. I'd give it a miss.
02-09-2009 16:10:18 |
More by bobsy
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Great brew pub. The staff and patrons are very friendly. The food is great with a large menu to work from. Service is usually excellent with a nominal glitch especially when they are busy.
My favorite brew is the Dragon's Breath Real Ale. I also enjoy the Whitetail Cream Ale a nice refreshing change. They make brews for special events or for seasonal enjoyment. They have about 17 other beers/ales on tap, all are regional craft beers with the exception of Guinness. There is also a large selection of single malts.
My main stop whenever I am in Kingston.
08-20-2010 11:49:55 |
More by soju6
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited the KBC yesterday during a family fishing trip that landed me roughly 30 miles away. The atmosphere of the place is interesting. Out front along the curb sat a classic orange truck displaying the Kingston dragon logo painted on the side. Beside it there was a deck that allows for table seating literally right on the side walk under a canopy. Inside the building, it is a strange arrangement of small corridors and cubby holes for seating. When we entered the building, a sign instructed us to seat ourselves. We meandered our way around the tunnel paths, steps and landings to find a table in a corner. Lighting was dim and this place was absolutely covered from inch to inch in beer paraphernalia. I took a walk around to get a feel for the place. The rest rooms were down a flight of steps, through a camera monitored hallway and into a cramped 2 person sized room. The bar seating area appeared to have room for about 4 people and was in a slight "L" shape that displayed 5 taps and 2 casks. Really not much room at all.
There was plenty of chalk boards displaying their beer along with guest beers provided by the brewing companies they outsource to: McAuslan Brewing Company and Brick Brewing Company. Beers on tap for the night included: First Capital Ale (seasonal), Framboise Royale, Dunkelnacht, Regal Lager, Dragons Breath Pale, Dragons Breath Real Ale, Whitetail Cream Ale. Other guest beers included an IPA, Hefeweizen, Oatmeal Stout, Apricot Wheat, Steamwhistle and a few others I can't recall because I wanted to inquire about them but never had the opportunity to since our waitor pretty much abandoned us for more than half an hour to an hour at a time. They do not offer samplers of their beer for purchase, however you can ask for a taste of something and they will provide it free of charge. During my visit I had a pint of First Capital Ale (which the server said was their best offering, I was not impressed) other members of my party opted for the guest tap of Oatmeal stout, Dragon's Breath Real Ale and Framboise Royale (a catastrophy which ended up being returned.)
During our stay, we did not have anything to eat but I continually looked over the menu and it consisted of quite a vast selection of pub food. From pizzas and soups to wings and more detailed special entrees, there was plenty to pick from if you were in the mood to eat. Everything seemed quite reasonable except the nachos caught my eye as being quite expensive. I don't know what kind of nachos they server in Canada but $16 for chicken on top of nachos seems like quite a bit.
As far as service goes, the waitstaff was friendly and prompt at first despite having to search for us since we sat ourselves and they had no means of knowing we came in without doing a random interval browse of the seating areas. Our waitor was polite and willing to explain the beer situation to us. I inquired as to the possibility of having a sampler of their beer... no such luck. So I ordered a pint as did the rest of the party and when none of us enjoyed the selections we made he quickly brought out glasses of the different beers for us to try before ordering more pints. As the night went on, it got progressively more busy (as expected on a saturday night) and I could see the priority of our table drastically dwindle. One member of our party who was no longer interested in having beer ordered a soda (that was brewed on premise) and it took more than half an hour to arrive. When it did arrive it was about as enjoyable as our beer experience: nearly flavorless and seemingly stale.
I cant say that overall our experience was all that good. The atmosphere was interesting, the service was good at first then got bad. The beverages (while a good selection was available) were all below average as far as my party was concerned. The place was getting busy, I dont know if it is a lack of other choices that keeps people going back there or maybe their food makes up for their quality of beverages? I would give this place a shot again in the future but I would be quite hesitant on expecting anything above average from their beer.
07-05-2010 00:53:02 |
More by stakem
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Haven't been to the joint in ages; I used to haunt it quite frequently in my early undergrad days, but I found drinking on campus easier and more convenient. A rare trip back to Kingston necessitated a stop in at the old KBC.
First of all, you really can't beat the atmosphere in here. About 9 on a Friday, and understanably it was packed, but the crowd was neither obnoxious nor snooty - a good mix of student and local patrons. Wonderful collections of beer memorabilia on the walls - every inch of the place is covered in old taps, steins, beer and whiskey signs, as well as a giant polar bear and mountie nutcracker. For a beer buff, it was hard focusing on the conversation because of all the distractions. Photographs of past events adorn the stairs down the basement - I might be in one or two.
Fantastic location - two blocks from City Hall and the harborfront, with a patio in the back.
A pretty decent selection of microbrews on tap - considering the dearth of such pubs in Kingston, the KBP offered a much needed respite from the all-too-common InBew-Diageo slate. For the evening, I had Whitetail Cream Ale (meh), Dragon's Tail Real Ale (good) and Beau's Lugtread Koelsch (big winner). McAuslan provides some of the home brews, Dragon's Tail Pale in particular. Wellington, Creemore, Scots-Irish to name a few of the other brews on tap.
Waiter/waitress were fairly on the ball, although the bartender was a bit curt when I asked him about the beer. I was definitely itching for a conversation on a busy night, so that might have explained it. Appreciated the waiters tucking in their ties like German Koebes, though.
No food tonight.
Two full pints and one half pint ran me about 17 bucks, which isn't bad.
Definitely a worth-while spot to check out if you're in the Kingston downtown. Decent selection of microbrews, exciting atmosphere, and, to quote Moe Syzlak: "a bunch of crazy crap on the walls."
04-26-2010 21:08:55 |
More by JohnnyBarman
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Went in a for a pint on a Monday night. Surprisingly busy at 8pm but got quiet quickly. Service was good, staff were friendly and were a little knowledgeable about the beer. Other than their selections, they had Ambroise Oatmeal Stout and Blanche de Chambly (may have had a few others...). After a dragons breath real ale I decided to take advantage of their huge single malt selection (100+), got a Bowmore 12 yr served neat in a decent single malt glass with water (it wasn't tap, but couldn't tell beyond that). Nice place overall.
11-21-2007 04:44:41 |
More by Antilochus
vibe: 5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 2 | $$$
When I was go to this brewpub two years ago I liked it, but today, isshhh... The food, I take the chicken BBQ and was not enough cooked... The beer, baof... No sampler (I hate that!) and no special beer. Even the cask ale was no hoppy taste.. The desert we share (me and my girlfriend) was not like the waitress explain it (this is what happen when menu have no picture).
Sorry but for me, today, it was a pain this brewpub. The only one thing I can give is the decoration, this place is beautiful inside. For the rest, sorry I'll not going anymore (even if they'll add sampler)..
08-31-2007 03:20:18 |
More by fireqc
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I want to start off by saying I love this place. I get excited just thinking about it. I wish I would have went there sooner. I am usually short on time when I go to Kingston and had talked about trying this place forever. Now, I make time to go there. After going there once. I took an out of the way trip to Kingston to take my parents there when they visited from North Carolina. My dad loved it and he is kind of picky when it comes to pubs. The atmosphere is very pub like but fun at the same time. There is plenty of stuff on the walls to keep you looking around. Not to be crask but a lot of the ladies in the place kept you looking as well. They have a great selection and I haven't tried anything that they make that wasn't at least good yet. I loved the cider and the larger. It is always packed but the servers are always friendly and are never too busy to check on you. I hate hate to admit it but I have not tried the food yet but it smells and looks great.
12-28-2006 07:20:31 |
More by MTNboy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place has been around for 20 plus years and benefits from an excellent location between Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Syracuse, and New York. It is right near the water in an ivy league college town and the people by nature are very friendly. The bar itself is small, however there is a very large deck and large tables and lots of regulars. This place is open to 2 a.m. daily regardless. You know you can come here and get a drink and its not dark and you can talk to someone. It is very relaxing. Average age is about 4, with a large percentage of mid-20s. Lots of staff, always busy but you never wait for a drink. Staff did not know much about the beers. The beer is fine for the lager/blondes the people want. Not a high ABV brewpub. People were here for hours. Beer is very reasonable, and there are 2 casks and 12 taps, most of them guest taps. Truly meritous of being one of the best places to drink beer in the country.
06-06-2006 15:20:03 |
More by northyorksammy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4
BA Margaret and I had a blast here on a weekday night in summer.
Arrived to town very late, threw everything into our motel room and set off for the center of town where this little jewel resides. Truly a "pub" in an old building where it has slowly taken over the space and made it unimaginable that anything else could go in there. Past patio seating on the sidewalk, past restaurant-style seating to the back where the smallish bar resides. 'Course as soon as you're in the space, you are practically assaulted by the colorful beer collectables all over the walls. The most impressive of the lot is the scads of beer-sponsored ashtrays old and new.
Beer, cider and wine all from one place? Spot on and congratulations!
The server walked us through each brew's description with a healthy mix of objective and subjective. We were also treated to tales of the recording artists who had supped/played there (Sarah Maclachlan autographed photo where she appears to be about 18.) And then, there was Van. Van is a co-owner and a great mountain of a man with a twinkle in his eye and a long white beard. Well, we learned he also loves his place, loves his work and loves his brewer's beer. He put a couple of our beers on his tab and told us about what he loved about Maine.
and the beer? Well, it's nice to see a place try styles from all countries, when one might expect a purely British/Irish approach. I had two, one a cask british style ale that was unlike anything available to me back home: a very warm cellar temperature, very little carbonation, very oily hopfeel. Then came the cold IPA which was a delight.
Highly recommended to anyone who gets anywhere NEAR Kingston. You might not have the same exact experience we did, but I guarantee you'll have a great feeling about the place and the beer (provided you're not looking for some glass-and-steel enclosure for your drinking.) Ask for Helen Bach when you get there.
09-02-2004 19:58:22 |
More by ecoboy
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
We visited Kingston Brewing on our way to Toronto during a beer/baseball junket last summer. This place was great! It was the first brewery that we hit in Canada and it was very close to the best. The atmosphere was wonderfull with colorfull art on the walls, good local music playing, and very nice people. Our server knew a ton about all the beers and went above and beyond to answer all our questions. The Dragon's Breath IPA was outstanding. Very well balanced with a great hop bite. We also tried the Pale and a seasonal. Both were also very good. We did stop for lunch, but at this point I can't remember what we ate. I guess the good beer warped my mind. I hope to visit if I'm ever in the area again.
02-19-2004 18:36:31 |
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The Kingston Brewing Company in Kingston, ON, Canada