Sunday 21st of July 2013 03:39:39 PM link
I stopped at Keegan Ales with a friend while on a brewery tour through the I-87 corridor / Hudson River valley area. Keegan was the 3rd of 5 stops on the day, and my favorite of them. It's located in Kingston, and is very unassuming from the outside and inside. When you enter, you walk through a big empty room that looks like it's used to play live music. In the next room, also large and mostly empty space, sits a small U shaped bar on the far end. Here I found what seemed to be a crew of regulars enjoying beers on a Saturday afternoon. This image as I walked in gave me mixed impressions, but the beer was solid throughout.
I tried their sampler of 6 beers, among them were the 3 regulars - Old Capital, Hurricane Kitty, Mother's Milk Stout - and 3 seasonals - Joe Mama's Milk Stout, Longest Day IPA, and Black Eye (IPA). Each beer had a good, unique flavor, and was made very well. I'm glad I didn't judge this book by it's cover, because while the building is nothing special, the beer is quite good.
Selection: 4.75 |
Atmosphere: 3.75 |
Service: 4.75 |
Friday 1st of July 2011 01:56:16 PM link
This is a brewery/pub that I wish I lived near. INcredible beer on tap like their superkitty and joe mamas stout, and then the regulars of mothers milk and hurricane kitty. They always have something going on each night at the pub from games to live music to beer specials. The atmospehere has a feel of casual/everyone is welcome to it. Parking is ample and its very easy to find right off of I87. I make sure to bring my growler any time im heading to upstate NY
Selection: 5 |
Atmosphere: 5 |
Service: 4 |
Monday 28th of June 2010 12:57:43 PM link
Keegan's is now a true Brewpub. I was just there Saturday, and they were serving their award winning beer, Jo Momma Coffee Stout! Judged best beer in NY last year. They also have an excellent IPA, Hurricane Kitty, named after the owner's lead-foot grandmother! Next on the hit parade is the Mother's Milk Stout, I'll let you guess what style that is! Rounding out their taps, they have a mild ale, and a very nice Belgian Tripel.
BTW, they have $2.00 pints on Thursday nights!
The atmosphere is really funky. They frequently have live music, game nights, etc.
The food is getting better all the time, and the menu has expanded and the service is always very quick. A local favorite of mine!
Selection: 5 |
Atmosphere: 5 |
Service: 5 |
Saturday 1st of May 2010 09:36:56 AM link
This was my third stop for the day traveling thru the Hudson river area.
Old Brick building in town not hard to find. Nice size parking lot off to the side. Exposed brick on the inside, when you walk in your in kind of an open area with brewing equipment off to the right behind glass and off to the left is the bar and sitting area.
Picnic tables for seating and a mid size U shaped bar with plenty of seats. Four beers in tap, three standards they make and the coffee version of the milk stout was on. All beers were good, the Milk Stout both of the them were my favs. The IPA was good as well, very red in color compared to other IPA's I have seen.
Food menu had a good selection of apps and sandwiches. I had eaten lunch not to long before so I oder a few soft pretzels with a spicy mustard dipping sauce and it hit the spot. Service from the bartender was good and samples were given off all the beers they had.
Overall I liked the place maybe some guest taps, or more from them not sure if they plan on making any other beers, but the beers they made were solid. It was one of the highlights to that trip I was on.
Selection: 3.75 |
Atmosphere: 4.25 |
Service: 4.5 |
Wednesday 20th of January 2010 02:23:08 PM link
Keegan Ales offers Three main beer selections: Old Capitol is a blond ale with low to moderate hop bitterness to balances the golden malts. While it is nothing like an American Lager, it's a very popular beer for people who are used to American style beers.
Hurricane Kitty is an American IPA with deep amber red color, a rich malt flavor and aggressively hopped.
Mothers Milk is a milk stout with low to moderate roast malt flavors that is very smooth.
All three beers are excellent brews.
Also from time to time you can find the Super Kitty, which is a high alcohol version of the Hurricane Kitty (12%). This beer is very well balanced even with the high alcohol and I highly recommend it.
For something a little more interesting, try and "Old Mother", by making a black and tan with the Old Capitol and Mothers Milk.
Keegan Ales can be purchased throughout the Hudson Valley at most beer outlets including many convenience and grocery stores. They are also available in many of the local restaurants.
You can also visit the pub at the brewery on James St in Kingston, NY. On Thursday nights you can enjoy 20 oz beers in a mason jar for $2 each (except the super kitty). The also usually have a guest beer on tap. The pub is very casual with sparse decor, and picnic tables for seating. Live music is also provided Thursday though Saturday with no cover charge. Parking is free but somewhat limited, but there is additional (free) parking on the street.
Tommy Keegan is often at the pub. On Thursdays you can catch him throwing darts with his dart team. If you see him, you can ask for a tour, he is usually quite accommodating.
Seek out and enjoy these beers, you will not be disappointed.
Selection: 4.5 |
Atmosphere: 4 |
Service: 4.5 |