Keegan Ales

BEER AVG
3.75/5
Keegan AlesKeegan Ales
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

20 St. James Street
Kingston, New York, 12401
United States

(845) 331-2739 | map
keeganales.com

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BEER STATS
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19
Ratings:
1,967
Reviews:
666
PLACE STATS
Score:
87
Ratings:
45
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
6.23%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of HopDerek
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of FieldingWater
4.39/5  rDev +14%
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 cavedave
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of jam_fanz
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

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Photo of HopsCraftHouse
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The vibe of this place is awesome! It is very rustic with a country feel. One of the coolest features has to be their bar top which is a ton of different roasted grains under a piece of Plexiglas. Their beer selection is solid. They have a very well rounded tap lineup that will appeal to any beer drinker. The service is very good. Food is ok at best but I have to give them credit being that they have no full restaurant grade kitchen to work with.

Overall: If you are in the Kingston area and enjoy beer this place is a great place to stop by!

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Photo of belhav0322
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Arrhenius
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of d0nald
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of madmanjf
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

In the charming town of Kingston, NY lies Keegan Ales. The building it's in is quite interesting, as are many of the buildings about town and I'd suggest that if it's a nice day out and you're visiting for the first time you take a look around.

They've got a large parking lot, and the main building is quite long. Inside it's divided with the brewery to the right and the tasting room(s) to the left. The bar is on the St. James St. side, and seats about 15, which is fine, because there's also a large table that seats 12, and a handful of barrels topped to become tables that seat 4. There's a small stage, I assume when bands play at night they remove the table and it's standing room only, but hey, as long as you can get a beer who cares, right?

In the other room there's an old piano and bric a brac on the walls, and an interesting model of what looks like something from Michelangelo hanging from the ceiling. You collect the food that you order from the bar here at the kitchen window, and then behind the larger stage there are windows that look into the brewery.

They keep most of their regular beers on tap, with a few rotating selections added in, and 1 local cider tap. The food is basic bar food, but it's none quite well with seemingly everything being made in house.

I wish I'd had the opportunity to enjoy some live music but I missed out, however I still enjoyed my brief visit and would recommend it.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of getmeabeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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 organicbrewer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of tobelerone
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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 AntAle
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of jmdrpi
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

in downtown Kingston, located in an older industrial looking brick building. Cool mural on the outside. They've got some outdoor seating in addition to the bar inside, plus an area for live music. They've got 5 of their year round beers plus some more seasonal beers. Plus a NY hard cider on tap. Staff was friendly.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.8%

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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

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Keegan Ales in Kingston, NY
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,967 ratings.
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