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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
20 St. James Street
phone: (845) 331-2739
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by on my way up to Albany for a bite and some brews. The place is set up with outdoor seating as well as 2 rooms full of picnic tables, sofas, and chairs. One room is the bar area, which also has a "C"shaped bar with seating as well as spots on the wall for standing only. The other room is where you order the food, which also has some tables and chairs. Really cool atmosphere, very beatnik-like with very friendly staff. Live entertainment, good food, and very nice beers. Super frosty taps, reasonable prices, and 4 house beers on tap (Hurricane Kitty, Mother's Milk, Old Capitol, and White Ale) as well as their root beer and 2 guest taps. Parking lot right there as well. Easy to find using their website directions, a quick 1.5 miles from the NY Thruway. Worth checking out.
07-23-2007 15:03:57 |
More by HopDerek
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Keegan Ales, what can I say.
Looking for a stuffy atmosphere, holier than thou staff, with a faux london pub atmosphere, with beer menu designed pretentiously, full of wall street commuters and yuppie posers ordering beers the names of which they learned to pronounce in front of a mirror? Keegan Ales ain't for you.
Looking for a down to earth gathering place, with 2.00 mason jars on Thurs., acoustic music later in the evening, electric music on Sat.'s. Where their finest beer is always on tap, and it's all located in a foundry building, circa 1880's, implements of which prominently are part of the decor? Where the smells of the brew room filter into the two drinking halls? Keegan ales is for you
The crowd is salt of the earth too, united by one thing, love of fine beer, and to drink it with each other in the fine company of those artisans, and the head artist, who created it.
We have felt this is our best kept secret for a while now, but the word is out so no sense keeping my own silence longer. Are you salt of the earth and a lover of fine beer and good company? You'll love it here, I guarantee it.
12-20-2009 20:09:33 |
More by cavedave
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After what seemed like months of renovations, the new kitchen/taproom at Keegan Ales is finally opened. We stopped in on a Friday night to find a rather Bohemian mix of locals, which is fitting since it is in a rather Bohemian section of Kingston.
Upon walking in, one finds a very inviting main room adorned with couches and a few tables. The exposed brick walls have various local artwork and photography hanging on them. The square shaped bar contained a glass bar top to reveal brewing grains arranged in a decorative fashion, which was a nice touch. Another room off to the right had a cover band playing, and there were a few picnic tables outside as well.
As for the beer, they offer all of Keegan's usual offerings. The Hurricane Kitty was espeically fresh and excellent, as was the Mother's Milk. Best of all, they were all $3 a pint. They were also served in mason jars, which seemed odd at first but was kind of fun. There appeared to be 4 or so additional tap lines aside from the Keegan offerings, with the website claiming that they will regularly have guest drafts. On the night I was there they only had one on, Eye of the Hawk IPA, which was also fresh and tasty.
Though I did not try any food, I peered at the menu to find an assortment of wraps, soups, and salads. Not typical brewpub food with a noticeable lack of anything fried. Nonetheless, the menu looked pretty good.
In all, this is a great spot to check out if your in the area and are in the mood for a laid back, and unique brewpub experience.
07-17-2007 22:03:01 |
More by belhav0322
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in on a Friday mid-afternoon to have some pints. The bar area on the left is in the dingy cave-like room that has some picnic tables and plenty of floor space. The half-square bar area seemsout of place at the end of the room with about 12 stools. Hard liquor and wine are also available here. Locally produced art (that you can purchase) adorns the walls. There is a large room off the bar area which has a huge window that overlooks the brewery operations.
There is a beer refridgerator located in the bar area selling sixers and pre-filled growlers.Tap wise there were 5 beers available. The standard Hurricane Kitty, Mother's Milk, and Old Capital were on along with Joe Mama Milk Stout and a White Ale. The beer was very fresh and tasty.
Service was friendly and quick. The bartender seemed to enjoy some small talk since the wife and I were the only two customers. The cost of the beer to go was a bit high, as the Hurricane Kitty sixers were $10.99 each.
This should be a must stop for any BA in the area. Check the live band schedule too.
05-19-2009 17:36:54 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
OK, The Beer .... three regular varieties, which I'm sure have been written about and reviewed extensively, so I won't bother to try and add to it. I will say that it'd be nice to see some seasonal varieties and some experimentation at the pub. I believe this is in the works, and it's long overdue. Maybe a pale ale, a hefeweizen or an extreme beer such as a belgian.
The tasting room re-opened earlier this year. I must say I was never able to attend when it first open, so I cannot offer a comparison.
The bar itself is nicely done .... congrats to the carpenter who put it together. The top is covered with pale and roasted grains. Supposedly, there is a "bar fly" in the mix, and if you find it you get a free drink. Anyone know where it is? :)
The food .... small menu, sandwiches and hot pressed paninis mostly. It's good food and fairly inexpensive.
Speaking of inexpensive, I forgot to mention the beer is only $3 for a pint. This is simply a great bargain and any self-respecting beer snob would be foolish to not take advantage of it.
There are some guest beers on tap that rotate, but to be honest, I have not taken advantage of this. Maybe it's just me, but for some reason I would feel disrespectful if I ordered one. I'd be curious if other people feel the same way, but kudos to the owership for being willing to support other local NY breweries.
The atmosphere is rather unique. It has an antiquated agriculture feel to it and works well. There are bands frequently and they have iPOD/MP3 night ( I don't recall the night of the week ) where you get your very own 15 minutes of fame as a guest DJ. Be warned, I was told they have pleanty of tomatoes to throw at you if you have bad taste.
Check it out !!!
07-24-2007 19:08:02 |
More by madmanjf
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Found this place after wandering around Kingston. Walked in on the bar watching 1950s educational films. It was like a taping of MST3K. Found my way into the next room which includes picnic tables and a bar. Quickly was greeted and grabbed a couple of beers (ipa and a coffee stout). Solid beer. Decent selection, 6 taps if I remember correctly. Would've been nice if they had a couple more beers, but I guess I couldn't have that many anyways.
No food menu but there are peanuts on the bar and free pizza on one of the picnic tables. Not sure I would go expecting free pizza, but it's not a bad surprise.
I can't wait to come back this way again.
05-01-2009 03:34:03 |
More by organicbrewer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Good beer, decent food, great place. Hurricane Kitty and Mother's Milk are my main stays. Old Capital is a decent drinker too. Looking forward to going again. The tour is informative and tastings plentiful. Wouldn't call this family friendly though.
09-23-2013 02:30:08 |
More by getmeabeer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by with the girlfriend this past weekend while staying with my parents nearby. Very low-key establishment, nothing fancy at all, very informal and casual. Geo, the head brewer, was working the bar and was very friendly and welcoming. Young guy for a head brewer!
We didn't eat but food prices seemed fair enough. It was late afternoon and it was pretty quiet but they do have live music in the evenings some nights.
We shared a flight and had a pint each. On tap was Old Capital, Mother's Milk, Joe Mama's Milk, and Hurricane Kitty.
Old Capital was a refreshing but kinda unremarkable pilsener. Mother's is a sweet milk stout that's very nice, with a thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation and good roasty flavor. Joe Mama's is brewed with coffee and boasts a strong and delicious black coffee flavor. Kitty is an IPA that's on the maltier side with fairly subdued hop bitterness. DIdn't really stand out for me after spending the previous evening with Flower Power, Double Jack, and Hop Stoopid.
Anyways, definitely check this place out if you're anywhere nearby. It's definitely cool and the stouts are very nice. Looking forward to seeing how this brewery evolves and what they offer next.
07-26-2011 17:51:54 |
More by tobelerone
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Atmosphere was sort of wierd. They had a big huge open space in the centre of the room. There were picnic tables around the outside and some stools around the barr. A very old beat-up couch and chair in the corner that looked like they had been scratched up by a cat. The picnic table thing sort-of reminded me of Germany, only the picnic tables in Germany are much longer so you sit with new people that you haven't met. Peanuts all over the place.
The beers were great. I had the IPA and the stout.
SErvice was good. Very friendly. The Head brewer gave us a tour.
Good selection, at least a half dozen taps. Good variety in styles. Malty, hoppy, yeasty, etc.
Prices were wierd. Very cheap for a pint, could have even been less than $2.00 per pint, then it cost $21.00 for two six-packs to go.
09-15-2009 03:37:03 |
More by BrewSomerville
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $
Swung by here with avryle, drseamus and dmeadows after the last Captain Lawrence release.
They had Super Kitty on tap so we had to stop. The setup is a little weird. You go into a room with some table and a stage that they do live music on. To the right there is a little counter to order food and have growlers filled. To the left is the bar proper with a massive open area with some picnic tables. The bar was cool as it was grain in clear plastic. They offered flights which were a great deal as well as pints of the standard beers and smaller glasses of the bigens which were Super Kitty and Joe Mama. They also had Xtra gold on tap which was nice to see. The food was decent. My check got messed up but Tommy himself fixed it which was cool. All in all this is a nice place. Not a destination but definately worth a stop. It is right off the Thruway so if heading that way stop by.
02-26-2010 16:52:28 |
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