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3.56/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
02-17-2009 16:02:17 | More by slander
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
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
3.94/5 rDev +3.1%
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
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
02-09-2010 03:21:58 | More by drseamus
4.45/5 rDev +16.5%
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
Keegan Ales in Kingston, NY
87 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.