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Keg & Barrel

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Keg & BarrelKeg & Barrel
BA SCORE
98
world-class

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 7.64%
Active Beers: 0
Beer Ratings: 0
Beer Avg: 0
Taps: 35
Bottles: 45
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1315 Hardy St
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39401-4902
United States
phone: (601) 582-7148

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thekegandbarrel

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2005)
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Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev -12.7%

There are a number of bars in Hattiesburg, but the Keg is certainly on its own level. The establishment was formed through the refabrication of an old home. So, whether you're sitting inside or outside on the porch/patio, you're in a very quaint and homey atmosphere. Indeed for some of us it's much like being home again.

The selection is outstanding in regard both to quantity and quality. My favorite time to visit was always in the Fall so that I could get the pumpkin seasonals that they would offer.

There are often small-ensemble performances set up at the Keg, usually formed from the local USM Music School faculty and/or students.

Nerudamann, Jun 14, 2010
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John_Beeryman, Jul 20, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev -0.7%

If you love beer and are passing close to Hattiesburg you MUST stop and try the Keg and Barrel. It is the best beer place in Mississippi by far I have found.

The folks know beer and are always willing to let you sample a couple before you make a choice.

The food is always very good here, can't recall anything I have tried that disappointed.

Not much to complain about. If anything they are victims of their own success and the house (yes the house) fills quickly on weekend nights and is very busy.

If I want to hit them on a weekend I don't try after say 8 p.m. But for lunch or early dinner you will are missing out if you skip the K&B crew.

They use to brew beer at the location until it got so popular they moved that part of the operation which became Southern Prohibition Brewing. SPB offers tours on Fridays from 4-6, free to military. Everyone else pays $4 which includes tastings from your take home glass (about 4 ounce size).

These folks are CRAFT BEER in the area and support home brew contests etc. The local brew club holds meetings there.

Stop by, have a couple, buy a shirt, really enjoy yourself.

Ravenclaws, Jul 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Nordicouch, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

CRJMellor, Jun 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Scipio, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

elkinbrown, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Jayman931
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Easily the best beer bar in the state. All other beer bars aspire to be like this one.

Beautiful tap wall with over 60 taps. They constantly get new beers and rotate in seasonal beers. Dart room, Huge Deck with outside bar, Outdoor Heaters, Porch seating, Terrace for live music out back.

Things I have experienced at the Keg and Barrel at random times...
Homebrew Contest with over 70+ entries...
Chili Contest...
Live Music...(from Cedric Burnside, Richard Johnson.. to a legit Irish Band on St Pats)
Rowdy crowd during some soccer matches...
Stone Brewing/NOLA brewing conglam release party...
Outside bar on a huge 100 foot+ long deck...
Beer Club which shares beers/home brews amongs a group of people...
Bingo to win free beers...
Women who know beer....
Men who don't know beer...

But seriously...I have alot of great memories and can't wait to make more at one of the top 100 bars in the US (Beer Magazine)

Cheers! Salut! Prost !Будем здоровы! Sláinte

Jayman931, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Casedogg43
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%

Keg and Barrel is one of a kind. In the State with pathetic beer laws (soon to change), K&B makes the most of it.

Set in a very old house, which make for a pretty cool atmosphere inside or outside.

Terrific pub food. From Crawfish boils, steak nights, fish tacos and all the pub food you could imagine. Fried Chicken and waffles too!

Beer selection is terrific. Not sure how many taps ( I think around 65), all hold a wide range of terrific beers. Mind that the alcohol limit is 6% max.
plenty of bottles to go along with the taps.

Staff is terrific. From behind the bar to the waitresses, they know what K&B is all about and they cater to the customers with pride and honesty. Most of them know quite a bit about beer as well.

Stop in at the right time and you may find some locals that bring in some serious tasters from around the country. The regulars that hang out at K&B are the best. Wish we could rate them on Beeradvocate. Hands down #1! All from various professions or USM students, all good people that enjoy great beer.

Can't wait to see what comes of K&B after the law jumps to 10.2%. Anxiously awaiting.

Casedogg43, May 12, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%

Hang a left off highway 49 south on Hardy Street going south and go about 13 blocks. You might miss the house with the sign in front and Golden Eagle placards in the front yard.

Yep, it's a house, an old one at that. Completely threw me until I walked in. Then I knew I was at "home."

The Keg and Barrel is a beer lover's living room. As far as what's available in Mississippi, they probably have it on tap. The secret is to ask what they DON'T have on the beer menu. You might find some great surprises. The staff is always happy to give you samples, especially their own brew. Had a real smooth oatmeal stout.

K&B reminds me of a British pub. Sure, it's a house, but the set up is perfect. Room by room, there are quaint table settings, even a dart room. The bar area is perfect with a mighty tap area ripe for sipping.

Food is reasonably priced and tasty, too. They even have breakfast AM and PM.

We sat on the front porch as the sun set and enjoyed the Halloween lights over our pints.

K&B really takes pride in their beer. Walk through the house and view all the cool "conquests" of bottles from around the world.

A visit to Golden Eagle land isn't complete without a taste of Keg and Barrel. Check out their website for weekly happenings.

brewskifan55, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Beerbuddha
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%

Atmosphere- The atmosphere is like someone turned their home into a bar. Which is really what it is.

Beer- For Mississippi this is the place to drink. I would bet this place has the best selection in the state for sure. They hold regular tastings and do a homebrew contest every year which was awesome.

Food- Food was great and actually a little unexpected too. They had chicken and waffles on the menu which is a perfect meal to have after too many beers.

Overall- Solid bar with an amazing selection for the state.

Beerbuddha, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of charlesbyrd
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%

The Keg and Barrel is my favorite social spot in Hattiesburg, and it's really the only "bar," if you want to call it that, that has dedicated itself to great beers. The atmosphere is a lot of fun, the food is very good, and the beer selection is outstanding, the best I've seen in the state.

The Keg and Barrel is set up in an old house with one room serving as the bar area with a full wall of taps. The rest of the building is beset with rustic wooden tables, both high and low top. The back room also features dart boards on a corked wall. Outside you get a covered wraparound patio with tables, as well as tables on the front lawn.

The quality of the food and drink is wonderful. The menu features items that will quiet anyone's hunger pains--everything from authentic fish and chips to pan seared tuna to chicken and waffles. Everything is well priced too, on par or cheaper than any of its competitors (Brownstones, Mahogany Bar, etc.)

As stated earlier, the beer selection at Keg and Barrel is the best I've seen in the state. I think the keep just under 100 different selections on hand, in both bottles and draft, with a good rotation of seasonals as well. They carry all of the local offerings from Lazy Magnolia, Abita, and Heiner Brau, as well as staples from Flying Dog, Redhook, Rogue, Widmer Bros., Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Leinie's, and Sam Adams. They also carry a fair selection of imports like Guiness, Smithwick's, Harp, Beck's, Carlsburg, Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, Warsteiner, Stella, New Castle, and Sam Smith's. You can also pick up a BMC pint for pretty cheap.

Service is pretty good on most days. The wait staff seem to know a sufficient amount about beer styles and can offer advice on alternatives when your regular is out. The bartenders are quite competent as well. This place is fairly popular, though, so it can get pretty crowded at times. You just have to sit back and be patient.

If you're in the Hattiesburg area, I definitely recommend stopping by the Keg and Barrel. They have trivia night on Tuesday and Bingo on Wednesdays, which are both fun and can win you a free round. You can expect an average of $4 a pint, although you can pick up a PBR for around $2 or climb up to a Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout for $7 (yikes).

charlesbyrd, May 26, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev -5.5%

My friend and I enjoyed a few Rogue Chocolate Stouts and a fantastic Pumpkin Spice in-house brew from the "Southern Prohibition" brewery. Service was good and friendly and appreciated some fellow hop-heads. Bacon and cheese fries were the only food consumed but not bad at all. Overall I would highly recommend this place as there is none other like it in Southern Mississippi.

The Keg and Barrel is the premier beer bar that I have experienced in my 2+ years in the state. Regardless of the ridiculous restrictions on what beers the state can sell, this place has clearly fought to get the best they can and the overall passion for beer comes through. Thanks for a good evening!

BehindtheFinBrew, Oct 30, 2009
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4.85/5  rDev +5.9%

My husband and I got to meet some other Raise your Pints members at the Keg and Barrel yesterday, it was a 4h drive that was well worth every min of it. This place is nice, wood floors, an old school looking bar and most off all, a wall of taps! I don't think there's any one in MS that has a better selection of beers then this place. Our bartender/waitress was extremely nice, she knew her beers and put up with us moving from the bar to a table to the patio without any problems.
I don't know any places like this in MS, the food was good, the beer and the selection was great, the people there were fantastic, I will go back, that's for sure!

yesferro, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of soupermirl
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Hattiesburg really does have several places to go for good beer and good food, but if you want great food and great beer, the Keg and Barrel is the place. They have 30+ beers on tap and others in bottles, ranging from Mississippi's own Lazy Magnolia, Rogue, Diamond Bear, and Abita with much much more. Just about every beer you can get in the Hattiesburg area, you can get at the Keg and Barrel. They brew their own Southern Prohibition beer. The bar is cool, the floor is wood, a deck and patio for the nice days, and wi-fi. It's just an all over genuine place to hang out with friends or by yourself. The K&B stands out as the premier beer bar with an outstanding food menu.

Southern Prohibition is now a production brewery in downtown Hattiesburg and is no longer under control of Keg and Barrel. (2013)

soupermirl, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of trill
4.58/5  rDev 0%

The Keg is Hattiesburg's only real beer bar/pub. It's in an old house, so the atmosphere is pretty cool. Moderately-sized bar, plenty of tables, darts room, and a very nice, partially-covered patio outside. Quality is usually very solid, I've gotten a funky-tasting beer/glass once or twice, but the staff is always happy to replace it. Service is pretty good, if you're a regular the staff tends to remember you, but things can get pretty busy at peak hours, so sometimes you have to be patient. The selection is the best in the city, bar none. John is constantly pushing distributors to get new/better beers; he's brought at least 4 or 5 great beers to Hattiesburg in the past few years. The food is equally good; in addition to pub food, they have some fork-and-knife entrees and breakfast served all day, including chicken and waffles. The food is moderately priced, and the pints are brutally cheap, especially during happy hour.

The Keg is an oasis in the beer desert of southern Mississippi. Given the size/demographic of Hattiesburg, it's a miracle they're in business, and they're a tremendous resource for beer advocates around here.

trill, Dec 05, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev -5%

K & B started serving lunch today, so that is where I decided to park my happy ass. I enjoyed a wonderful smothered pork chop, mashed potatoes, green beans and a Rogue Chocolate Stout while sitting on the front porch watching the world go by. This is a great place to have a relaxing lunch with high quality food and beer. This could become a Friday habit as it begins to cool off in Mississippi! Spread the word that they are now serving lunch from 11 - 2 and they are also open on Sundays from 4 - midnight. See you there (I'm the blonde chick with the mastiff)!

And in response to a previous post about having some trappist or imperial beers. Mississippi hasn't changed their laws since the end of Prohibition, which means no beer is allowed to be sold in Mississippi if it is over 6% alcohol. This is not the Keg & Barrel's fault, it's your State Congressman's fault and you should contact him about it.

ToniBailey, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of AleDrinkToThat
3.6/5  rDev -21.4%

First, I do have to give K&B high marks for the atmosphere. It's like nowhere else in Hattiesburg. A real beerhouse. Nice comfortable chairs, wood grain everywhere, calm lighting, and dartboards in the back. The wrap-around porch is just as good, atmosphere-wise. There are plenty of college kids around there dragging on cigs at night, but I feel just as comfortable with my pipe right next to them.

The beer selection is the hands-down best in Southern Mississippi, but it's kinda sad that it couldn't be even better. I don't know what I'd give to see a Trappist ale or two in there, or even an Imperial of any sort. Even just by the bottle. It'd be nicer than all those taps with the usual macros on them (gotta make the cash, though, I guess). And they are frequently low or out on certain brews. Often times, it's the best micros, which can be really disappointing. As it is, I think the best they (consistently) have to offer is Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout (Nothing to sneeze at, there) in bottles.

The prices are good, especially if one wants to get a flight, which costs $8 for 5 8-oz. servings of any beer you choose. They have themed flights as well. The food is great on the lunch menu, moderately priced, and the later menu has all the standard bar fare, with a couple of nice touches like sweet potato fries.

The wait staff is pretty lacking. There are only a couple of waitresses that I've ever had that seemed like they were interested in serving me at all, much less checking back to see if I needed anything. The bartenders, though, are much better. They reasonably know their stuff, and are always helpful.

For Hattiesburg, great pub.

AleDrinkToThat, Feb 04, 2008
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4.65/5  rDev +1.5%

Figured I had better update this again( 6/2/12). I have been here countless times over the last few years and it just continues to get better. The beer selection has gotten better over the years and will get significantly better on July 1 when the beer laws in Mississippi are due to change allowing some high gravity beers into MS. The atmosphere is great. They always have something going on: trivia night, bingo, crawfish boils, bands playing, homebrew contests, etc. They have a nice outside area that is dog friendly. They actually have "yappy hour" on Sunday afternoons where if you bring your dog, you get a $1 off on draft. Food is always good and staff is good at remembering your preferences. When we get the high gravity beers in MS in July, I would have to say this will be one of the premier beer bars in the south.

I had to update this yet again. Went to K&B recently (a few times actually) and had much better luck. They had added a few more beers on draft and they had everything I ordered which in the past had been a problem. They also started brewing some of their own beers which I tried and were decent. I ate there on a couple of different occasions and the food was really good.

I went here with my brother (pojo41 on this site) a couple days ago and the service and beer selection was terrible this time around. We probably ordered fifteen different beers that were on the menu the waitress gave us. She would then go to get it and inevitably come back and tell us they were out. It was ridiculous. They were out of all Hefeweizens, out of all IPA's, Hoegaarden, etc. Then she blamed it on the distributor and said they had been out of some of them for two months. Would you actually tell a customer that? Most of them we could have acquired at the grocery store down the street. They didnt offer to make it up to us in any way or really even offer much of an apology. Worst bar experience I have had in a while.

Update: Went recently on 1/10/08 K&B had added a few beers to their arsenal; some Sea Dog's, and a couple from Ship Yard. My brother and I were immediately met at the bar by a waitress who remembered us from our last visit. She told us that they were out of all Hefeweizen's and the Rogue Chocolate Stout before we even sat down. Nice place but I guess the local distributor really sucks. Reasonably priced and good atmosphere. Selection is great for MS, but for any other state it would be lame.

biggmike, Aug 03, 2007
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4.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Absolutely the best pub in the Hattiesburg area. I have been a huge fan since it opened, and the selection grows every time I go. A wonderful place to socialize without having to scream due to loud atmosphere. Classy environs and good service. A must-visit when in Hattiesburg, even if it is a bit hard to find as it is tucked away in a century-old house. In the winter, it provides a cozy retreat from the world and promotes intellectual conversations. In the summer, it is wonderful to sit outside in the biergarden and enjoy beautiful weather. I've spent many a night at this place, and I never get tired of going.

sunrisesolara, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of Daytripper42
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%

By far, the best place in Hattiesburg to hang out and enjoy a beer. I'm originally from New Orleans, where there is a pretty big selection when it comes to pubs. In this town, however, this place is one of a kind.

My favorite thing about this place is just the quantity of beer they offer. Last time I was there, I believe there were 42 beers available on tap. They have seasonal beers, microbrews, and even Lazy Magnolia, which is brewed in Kiln, MS. It is the only place in town that I have ever been able to find a good pumpkin spice beer.

The atmosphere is also great because you don't have to deal with the packs of college kids listening to rap music in the parking lot. This is a very civilized place with no smoking on the inside, so you can actualy enjoy your beer without choking to death.

Daytripper42, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of Butch
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%

It’s hard to find a good beer pub in Mississippi, so when you find one you can get a little evangelical about it. You can call me a devote of the K&B. The bar is located in the middle of town in an old renovated house and the feel is great. Probably the best part about the place other than the great beer selection is the atmosphere. If I had to describe the atmosphere in a word it would be “Grad School.” Yeah, that was two words, but you get the idea.

Speaking of selection, the last time I was there (about three weeks ago) they had around 50 beers on tap with at least that many available in bottles. They carry all the Abita beers including whatever the current seasonal is, as well as Mississippi’s own beer; Lazy Magnolia, in addition to the usual list of macros and craft beers you find in good beer pubs.

The food is good and not expensive, which is important for a college town, but don’t show up thinking to eat a huge meal. It is a bar not a restaurant. Other than a good lunch-only menu, they mostly offer appetizer type fare. As previously mentioned, the inside is 100% non-smoking which is nice, but they have a large outdoor porch and patio area where you can sit and enjoy a smoke and listen to the live music they often have.

I really, really wanted to give the place nothing but high marks, but the service has been a firm “meh” the last two times I’ve been. The wait staff seems fairly knowledgeable about beer, but rather unenthused in general.

All in all, I highly recommend the K&B as pretty much the best place to get a beer in south (all of?) Mississippi.

Butch, Sep 25, 2006
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Keg & Barrel in Hattiesburg, MS
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