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.
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!
I was there on vacation in July, the food was pub style and good.The beer selection was good, but nothing exceptional. The ambiance had a local feel to it.
Quevillon (269) Boisbriand, Quebec | July 15, 2006| Updated February 29, 2016
Revisited on February 20, 2016, almost 10 years ago. There is a few positive things to say about KBC, from the outside is lovely building near city hall and as Lubiere mentions, it is an important historical place in the Canadian and Ontarian beer scene. That being said, it is worth going there once and trying their flagship beer once. Inside is your typical English pub style, but as Rastacouer mentions, with way too many beer paraphernalia. The selection is rather small and not that interesting, for an almost 30 year old brewpub, they seem to have missed the last two craft beer waves in Ontario, so if you wonder what it was like the first craft beer wave in that province, go there! The food is your typical and a bit over price pub fair, but the service was nice. You would imagine and new player in town like Stone CIty would change them at least a bit, but no!
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.
Établissement visité le 20 mai un peu avant l’heure du souper lors d’un séjour au Charleston Lake Provincial Park. Ambiance: Décoration de style pub britannique. Plein d’affiche, de cabaret, de tapis de bar et plein d’autre truc relié à la bière. Service: J’ai été un peu déçu, la serveuse ne semblait pas trop savoir les bières disponibles et aucun menu indiquait les bières disponible. La serveuse était tout de même sympathique. Sélection: J’ai fini par savoir qu’il avait 6 bières maisons au menu ainsi que 2 cidres. On trouve aussi des bières d’autres brasseries. Je n’ai gouté que la Rampant Rooster (je condusais) et mon amie à pris les 2 cidres. Nourriture: La description du menu était humoristique. Comme nous avions pas faim nous avons rien pris. (13e rating d’établissement)
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.
I liked the ambiance of this place, nice and cozy and a lot of character. The beer didn’t blow me away but they were all well-crafted and reasonably good. Service was excellent and attentive (she wasn’t bad looking either). I ordered a lamburger and fries and it showed up with salad instead - but I pointed that out and still got my fries at no extra charge. Samples available for no charge as well as half pints and full pints for a reasonable price. Pretty good place to stop if you’re driving by on the 401.
Beautiful city and while you’re there this pub is also a nice place to visit. Nice looking pub with ok people. It has been a while since I’ve been there (2001) but I’ll be there again in July this year.
When in Kingston (or hungry between the Quebec border and Toronto) treat yourself to Eastern Ontario's first brewpub! Though the Dragon's Breath is alleged this locations finest example - I personally prefer the Autumn Strong Ale and the crisp John Strong Cider.