The Kingston Brewing Company is housed in an old fashioned frontier style building close to the harbour front and the old railway station. The decor is very busy with the walls covered in pictures, bar mats and trays. The Adnams poster just like the one we have in our kitchen made me feel at home and the huge papier m‚chť polar bear wearing a bib made me smile. There were no flights or samplers but we were offered a taste of everything before committing to a full pint and the service was friendly.
(Visited 7 November 2012).
Oakes (800) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 27, 2004
Decent pub with a local feel, despite downtown location. Mostly house beers on tap, including cask ale. They're brands are average, though, except the famous Dragon's Breath. Food is decent. I recommend the boysenberry lutefisk with sour cream made from fresh cat's milk, which matches perfectly with a glass of liver cider and a nice hakarl pudding for dessert.
A rather pretty building with obvious English inspirations (both the atmosphere and beers), but completely overloaded with breweriana, to the point that the place feels small and itís not. I was not particularly fond of my meatball sandwich which was served with a soup that lacked a bit in vegetables. Very minimalist plates and not particularly cheap. Both beers tried were rather weak, very watery and totally devoid of any adventurous side.
This place has been around for 20 plus years and benefits from an excellent location between Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Syracuse, and New York. It is right near the water in an ivy league college town and the people by nature are very friendly. The bar itself is small, however there is a very large deck and large tables and lots of regulars. This place is open to 2 a.m. daily regardless. You know you can come here and get a drink and its not dark and you can talk to someone. It is very relaxing. Average age is about 4, with a large percentage of mid-20s. Lots of staff, always busy but you never wait for a drink. Staff did not know much about the beers. The beer is fine for the lager/blondes the people want. Not a high ABV brewpub. People were here for hours. Beer is very reasonable, and there are 2 casks and 12 taps, most of them guest taps. Truly meritous of being one of the best places to drink beer in the country.
Place rating #500. Popped in here on our recent trip through to Montreal. A very kitchy well-worn interior. Definitely feels lived-in, but not in a divey way - more like a comfy old sweater. The service and the food were good. I only got to try a few beer while I was in - the cask bitter was pretty authentic. They had a solid dunkel on as well. Itís not going to knock your socks off, but itís a pretty nice spot for a sandwich and a pint.
Venerable brewpub, downtown location close to the waterside. Just popped in as we were passing through. Very English pubby feelmin atmosphere. Most of the beers seemed UK-inspired too from what I got to try. Unfortunately that was only a couple as we didnít have a lot of time and there was no facility for getting samples. Nothing world-shattering but OK. Food was fine.
Yet another place I visited many times and havent rated yet. Last visit was October 3rd 2009, during the Kingston Chili Fest...our usual hangout to digest the said chili(s). I really like the decor, with tons of British and antique beer paraphenelia. The food is typically good and plentifull. The beer selection is a bit static though (maybe Iím not going at the right time). Given that this is one of the oldest brewpubs in Canada, and the first in Ontario, it is worth the visit.
2013-05-01. You kind of have to stop here if you are in town but I find the beers are a bit less than stellar. The food has always been good. They are now doing "chefís specials" that are a bit more upscale than the usual pub grub. The braised beef and mashed potatoes I had were superlatively good. Their two biggest sellers are now being contract brewed off-site apparently. Definitely still worth a visit while in town.
RBSG 05. Food was awesome, burgers. Waitress (nicole) was especially friendly and accomadating when I said I was driving so would only be sampling a little bit. Even loaned me a pen when mine conked out. This place grows on me with each visit.