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Keegan Ales

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13 Beers
1,806 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 18
Visits: 37
Avg: 3.9
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

20 St. James Street
Kingston, New York, 12401
United States
phone: (845) 331-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @keeganales

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Reviews: 18 | Visits: 37
Reviews by madmanjf:
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 !!!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of d0nald
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of DLS168
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of FieldingWater
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3

As a regular visitor of Keegan Ales on mason jar Thursday, I've grown very fond of the beer and staff who work there. It also helps to only live a 5 minute walk away.

Vibe - consistently a pleasant crowd to be around. People aren't there to pick a fight or be overly pretentious; they are there because the the place is low key and chill, and surrounded by other enthusiasts of this local brewery.

Quality - again, low key. Woden floors, complimentary peanuts (extra points for allowing patrons to throw the shells on the ground), brewery behind a glass wall for all to see. On Thursdays the beer is served in mason jars instead of pint glasses, with live music that is sometimes pleasing to the ear.

Service - mediocre on a busy Thursday night. Consistently there is only 1-2 people behind the bar, which is not enough to accommodate the dozens of people who flock to the bar for mason jars. It can turn into a 30 minute wait for a beer. On the flip side, if you go any other night you will be immediately serviced (and well) as there are much fewer people.

Selection - do you like a good stout, IPA, or blonde ale? These are the beers consistently on tap, while consistently rotating through their seasonals (which varies).

Food - bar food. Not the greatest selection, reasonably priced, mediocre quality. I wouldn't stop by for the food as much as I would stop by for the beer.

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Photo of AntAle
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Nice place to stop and check out. Smaller than I figured it would be. Nice bar area but the food selection isn't impressive and pricey. Friendly, helpful staff

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jam_fanz
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Good beer, (Mothers Milk, Black EyePA) Good food, Free peanuts! Mostly no cover music. A good place to hang.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of getmeabeer
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Keegan Ales in Kingston, NY
89 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.