20 Saint James St. Kingston, NY 845-331-2739
Keegan Ales is the baby of Long Island native Tommy Keegan, whose father runs the BrickHouse Brewery in Patchogue. Keegan brews three varieties and is working on a fourth. The brewery has picnic tables in the bar area and peanut shells on the floor, plus a small restaurant area that's also used as a performance venue. It's been recognized as one of the best craft breweries in the Hudson Valley and New York State.
What's on tap: Old Capital is a clean and crisp golden ale with a name referencing Kingston as the first capital of the state. Mother's Milk is a style of beer called "milk stout" - it's rich and creamy with a silky finish. Keegan brews Joe Mama's Milk (with coffee and molasses) to serve commercially. The brew won the award for best beer at the TAP New York festival.
Good to know: Keegan occasionally gives brewery tours, and the brewery has live rock bands Thursday and Friday nights; acoustic music Saturdays; and jazz music Sundays - very rarely charging a cover. -Alison GregorHours: Mon: closed; Tu-Th: 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Sun: 1 p.m.-10 p.m.