Old and cozy feel to this establishment with the outside of the building looking quite historic. Service here was good and attentive. My waitress handled a complaint I had about a beer quite well, and also deducted a pint from my bill to apologize for the inconvenience....though I was completely willing to pay for it. I have to say the staff really aren’t that knowledgeable about beer over all, but my waitress knew about the beers that were being served. Selection was pretty good, and I noticed a few other taps other than the ones for the beers brewed here. I had a burger and fries, and the portions were good, and well priced. The only downfall is that some of the beers brewed here are bad news, but it is nice to see the experimentation. I’ll go again.
Some nice history to this place. Great location right down by the water. Has a front patio by the street, a nice gardeny patio in the back, and a pretty typical pub style inside. The few times I’ve gone, its primarily been for a meal, so I don’t have much of a read for the service in terms of beer savvy, though they serve food alright. Solid selection of their own beers, some Canadian micros, and international favourites. Good food and not expensive at all. Other than the Grad Club, this is the place to be for beer fans in Kingston.
Gorbalev (58) Ontario | January 5, 2006| Updated February 13, 2008
I finally stopped by this fantastic little brewpub over the Christmas Holidays. Great cozy interior with a lot of old vintage beer towels, posters and tap handles on the walls, as well as other Canadiana and band posters and such. Nice little snugs in the general seating area and a cool back yard patio sort of thing too it looked like. Bar area was open and inviting. Food was excellent and good value, service solid and the beers were better than the ratings suggest. Other Ontario and Quebec micros were available on tap as well. We had a great time and I would recommend this as one of the best Ontario pubs without a doubt.
Great brew pub. The staff and patrons are very friendly. The food is great with a large menu to work from. Service is usually excellent with a nominal glitch especially when they are busy. My favorite brew is the Dragon’s Breath Real Ale. I also enjoy the Whitetail Cream Ale a nice refreshing change. They make brews for special events or for seasonal enjoyment. They have about 17 other beers/ales on tap, all are regional craft beers with the exception of Guinness. There is also a large selection of single malts. My main stop whenever I am in Kingston.
DuffMan (339) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | July 15, 2010
Had been to this place many times during university years ago, but that was prior to my becoming a full-on beergeek. Returned this summer for a visit. The vibe remains just what I remember it to be, essentially my ideal notion of what a brewpub should look like: tons of Canadian and international craft beer paraphenalia and tap handles (think Falling Rock in Denver, only smaller and more Canadian), topped only by the number of photos on the walls of patrons both famous and local. Very very cool vibe. The beers however are mediocre at best, except for the two selections they have on cask. Food is very good for pub fare, probably the best chicken wings I’ve ever had in a pub. Service was prompt and friendly.
Admittedly the first brewpub I’ve been to, I had a great ambiance to it, and the food’s great too. Unfortunately, the staff don’t seem to know much about the beer or scotch they offer or anything about food pairing. It’s got the best beer on tap that I know of in Ontario, and I’d probably rank it in my top 3 places to eat, including my grandmother’s house.
The beers aren’t phenomenal, and aside from the in-house beers, they’ve limited the selection to primarily dry, bitter beers such as Guinness and St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. They tend to be either overbearing (after-dinner beer) or underwhelming (light snack/aperitif beer); I haven’t had one of their beers with a meal and been truly satisfied with the pairing, but I haven’t tried all of their beers.
Highly recommended to anyone who is passing through Kingston. Try the Decriminalized Steak Pot Pie--marinated in beer, with beer gravy. To die for!
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.
I stopped in here for a fast pint after my traveling companions got lost in the crowd on the street. Only a few stools at the bar, but most were sitting at tables at lunch time. Small selections of beers were seen. No beer listing. I had a nice stout. My $20 rang up as $24 their money. I downed my stout quickly and went looking for my friends so we could make the next ferry back to the states.
Super friendly staff, the decor is awesome! Boats loads of amazing vintage beer collectibles. The food was quite good, and the beers were pretty decent. A nice selection of their own brews complimented by done good Ontario micros. I would go back in a heartbeat.