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Keegan Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

31 Ratings
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.36%
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 1,424
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

boosterrocket, May 22, 2014
Photo of HopDerek
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

HopDerek, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of cavedave
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

cavedave, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of jam_fanz
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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

jam_fanz, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of belhav0322
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

belhav0322, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +7%

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.

Gavage, May 19, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

NJBeer265, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of madmanjf
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 !!!

madmanjf, Jul 24, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JoeHopster, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Bikeboy1, Dec 24, 2013
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Keegan Ales in Kingston, NY
87 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.