Keegan Ales

Keegan AlesKeegan Ales
BA SCORE
65.1%
Liked Their Beers
3.71 w/ 1,973 ratings
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
Beers:
19
Reviews:
667
Ratings:
1,973
Liked:
1,284
Average:
3.71/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
71.7%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
46
Liked:
33
Avg:
3.85/5
pDev:
8.57%
 
 
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Photo of DovGibor
2.85/5  rDev -26%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Had some time to kill on an overcast day and stopped in here. The space is welcoming and they seem to do a lot of events (music, parties, etc); if I was a local that would be very attractive. They will do tours upon request; some folks had just asked before my gf and I got there, and so they scheduled a tour for all of us in about half an hour.

I sat down and asked about ordering a flight. The bartender quoted me $16 for their 5 regular beers, and said I could sub in or add their 2 seasonals. I subbed in the seasonals for 2 of their regular beers I had previously tried and placed my order. While working through the flight, someone near me put down a menu and I gave it a look to see about their food options. While so doing, I noticed that they offer 4.5oz tasters of their beers for $2 ($3 for seasonals). Quick math and I realized their flight was an insane rip-off. Their 5 core beers should cost $10; subbing in 2 seasonals shifts it to $12; even ordering 5 seasonals should come to $15;-NOT $16. As I was realizing this, the bartender let us know the tour would begin in a few, so I went to the brewery entrance. After the tour, my gf paid the bill and we left. They didn't charge us for her taster, though we still overpaid. I wasn't going to go back and argue it with them, but I am basing my low service score on this horrible pricing practice (bartender's service was otherwise fine).

The beers were uninspired and okay. Their core are kinda bland. The Joe Mama's Milk & Citra Pale Ale are the only two I'd order again. The Citra is a seasonal described as a semi-filtered New England style IPA. Enjoyable, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it. Joe Mama's Milk is much better than regular Mother's Milk, but there are lots of easily available coffee stouts that are better (we were told on the tour Mother's Milk comprises 60% of their sales; that's a wonder to me).

The brewery tour was short and gave a rough overview of the brewing process. Less detail than I am used to from other tours I've taken, but still informative. They don't rope anything off, so you can get very close to their equipment. Company history is interesting, and the brewer who gave the tour answered all my questions. One comment he made in response to another tour goers question did strike me as odd. He said that he and the other two brewer's almost never drink their own product at home. He said craft beer is just too intense and they kick back with Bush, Heineken, and Rolling Rock. I don't expect them to slavishly promote their own wares, or to never drink competitor's product, but I also was surprised to hear a craft brewer extolling AALs as their go-to beer.

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Photo of MikeRusso
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of BeerTaster
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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 -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Mikexw
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of slander
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Naugled
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of donniecuffs
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of UDbeernut
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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!!!

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Photo of drseamus
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of smi69
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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

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%

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 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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Keegan Ales in Kingston, NY
Brewery rating: 65.1% out of 100 with 1,973 ratings
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