Keegan Ales

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3.73/5
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1,541 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.84
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[ 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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of BeerTaster
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

I only had time for a quick beer on my way home from work but I did bring a growler of IPA home to have with dinner. It wasn't that busy when I was their it was still early but I heard thier was live music some nights. The atmosphere was great to include outdoor seating my only complant was I wish they had a few more beers to chose from how about a few seasonals I mean you need at least and Octoberfest in the fall and a wheat beer in the summer but the ones they had were good and the price was reasonable. All in all I will be back when I have time to stay for a few beers and refill my growler.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of slander
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Used to come beer here Thursday nights with Bill & Kappy some, while working and that out of Kingston. Just a simple single cramped room, with long lines for sampler cups of the standard 3 beers; the pre pint, pre functional brewpub days. Don't think they had aspirations of anything more than making a few beers keg and bottle, the windows still etched with the logo of its former Woodstock Brewery tenant...

Flash forward a few years. The old bar area is now where you deal foodings, with slight seating adjacent and a cornerish area where they're setting up for some band phenom just now, along the windows givin' views of where they brews. Dude (yes, I dude'd you), Tony fuckin' Levin & the California Guitar Trio played here in '06, why didn't I know that? Please must have been jammed. Piano in the corner and a hand signed guitar by the man, to boot.

They opened up a secret side room previously storaged up with windows over St James. Beaten brick walls, wood rafter ceilings with track spots and exposed ducts, bar counterage on the exterior walls, gray concretee floors, and spots above. Lots of local art, paintings, maybe not for sale, some Keegans house prints along the windows, and large block "Keegan's Ales" lettering on the inside wall. 3 pic-a-nic tables, dotted couches & cushy chairs, and seating for nearly a dozen at the bar to the rear; "U" shaped with strips and runs of grain dark and light under a plexi top. Tap handles in small clusters here and there around the bar. Shelved booze in a nook behind the bar. Why they booze beyond the beer I do not know. Bowls of peanuts for the take, so we took.

Awkward kid behind the bar said they had 5 beers on. Standards Hurricane Kitty (IPA), Old Capital (Golden Ale) & Mother's Milk (Stout), and extras, the Joe Mama Milk Stout (a coffeed up version of the Mother's Milk) and the Hefeweizen (which he described as a Belgian Wit and then argued with me when I told him "no it ain't"). Also a Cream soda I didn't bother with and then we spotted the Super Kitty tap handle. Um, okay, so you've got 6 beers on. Winding down a long day that still holds ahead running Dave into the city 100 miles down the road, we didn't take in a full sampler, just the 3 seasonals. The Hefe was Hefesque, tasty enough, not terribly exciting; the Joe Mama Milk Stout was wonderful, good coffeee everything; and the Super Kitty, just not, comes wee-er and costlier, no matter, but very orange liquourlike, a lot of a bit much.

They do something in the way of food now. Easy kitchen stuff (chili, nachos, salads, sandwiches hot & cold, wraps & paninis), and Sunday brunch. Spoke a bit with bartender guy Tommy Wolf shown in the newsprint framed piece on the wall. I'm glad that guy who calls out "Last call for alcohol!!" wasn't there; he kind of sort of annoys the piss out of me. Comfortable enough space. I'm liking that they're finally expanding out past their standard 3 beers. Sure would like to see Joe Mama out and about more often, too.

Photo of Naugled
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This is a nice home town brewery/brewpub, run by a man who likes his beer.

I've been visiting Keegan's since it was a brewery. They used to have a very liberal tasting bar that I would stop at every time I was nearby. A few years ago they expanded it include a brewpub to serve the beers they make right on premise. It has a nice industrial/warehouse decor, which is comfortable and homey. They offer are few special beers on tap that aren't available through their distributors so it is worth a visit to try these. They also always have a guest micro on tap, which is a nice touch.

This is a must stop if you're in the Kingston area or simply driving by on the NYS Throughway, it's only a short distance from the Kingston exit.

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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

A: VERY, very laid back, wooden floor, welcoming environment, complete with a grizzly-looking guy in the corner, a friendly staff, and boardgames for your pleasure. It gave off the impression of a great place to come for happy hour drink specials as well as comraderie.

SEL/Q: They only had four beers on tap, but what they had was certainly of above average quality, with Mother's Milk, Old Capital, Hurricane Kitty, and Super Kitty. They didn't have on tap what I was on a somewhat fanatical quest to find (Joe Mama's), but they did have it in 22oz bombers for sale, though a bit pricey.

SRV: Very friendly, down-to-earth staff, who seemed to know a thing or two about beer..and arm-wrestling..and football..and the Buffalo Bills..and so on , and so on.

F: I was surprised to see that they had a small kitchen, but we had already planned out our afternoon (which turned out to be an under-whelming experience at SkyTop, so we would've been better off staying here) so I guess we'll just try the food on the return field trip.

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3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Keegan Ales brew pub is located just minutes for Midtown Kingston, and a short drive from the Thruway.

The atmosphere is strange to say the least. Two large open rooms with a hand full of picnic tables. Small 15 person bar located in one of said rooms. Peanut shells line the floor around the bar as they seem to be the snack of choice.

The bar tenders were friendly and prompt. No complaints there. Beer served in clean glassware.

Selction was their own beers. Seem to have 3 always on tap. Did have two rotating beers. had the Hurricane Kitty which was good, had a Pumpkin Ale that was also good.

Did not seem to serve food, as that was contrary to previous reviews. If they did... no one was eating.

Over all, a good place.

Cheers!!!

Photo of drseamus
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Keegan is divided into two parts for no easily identifable reason. The right room has food and growler fills and the left room, attached through an internal brick wall which clearly was an external wall at some point, has a nice bar, several picnic tables, and some dart boards. 

They have about a half dozen taps which had all the Keegan offerings, including Super Kitty, plus some Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold. Prices are pretty reasonable and they offer sampler sizes as well as pints. 

The food is weirdly diverse including everything from tamales to sandwiches. The tamales were perhaps a touch dry but still pretty good. 

Overall, the place is a diamond in the rough that is Kingston.   

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tobelerone
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Keegan Ales in Kingston, NY
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