A Good Beer Blog


Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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Stephen -

Labatt Blue? Nope.

They only have '50' on tap.

Alan -

I have yet to enter and would be glad to be introduced by a regular such as yourself.

Stephen -

A regular? Me?

I wouldn't even know how to begin to fit in with that crowd!

Jeff Tighe -

I lived a block away while at Queen's and was a regular between 1983 and 1987. The Taps is a tough joint to be sure, but generally you were fine if you minded your own business. Cheap beer and other intoxicating substances available if desired. I enjoyed hanging out there all the time. One of my top 3 favourite bars in the world (The Alpine Hotel and the Strathcona Hotel in Toronto being the other two).

Chrissy -

I am trying to locate where my Grandmother worked around the time of the first world war. The story goes that she worked in a bar in Kinston serving tables and this is how she met my Grandfather. Is there any lists of employees in your place back then? Does anyone else know of any other bars or taverns or Hotels that would have been around back then in Kingston? Her name would have been Marie Prive'. Any information is certainly welcome! Since my email adddresss will not be shared, please contact esntloil@yahoo.ca if you do have any information on this lady.

Steve Wright -

Going down memory lane, I was in Canada back in 99 and I decided to stop off at Kingston for the day and I recall this is one pub that made me so welcome I could have just stopped for ever, but as I was heading back to the UK I had to dash for the train! It reminded me of a part of our pub culture that is now missing. Thanks.

Stephanie -

Is this "the Tavern" you crazy, vintage hat wearing folk talked about @ Norm Hardie's Harvest Party????
If yes, check-out amazing pics on:
www.margaretmulligan.com. Your tribe (Erica, Sagitarius guy, etc.) is in half of them! "Woody Harrelson" made the cut too.
Stephanie - fab in yellow hat - Toronto

jason -

I love the Royal Tavern, great place to have some cheap beer, play pool, and listen to a jukebox all night. Best part about the place is the lack of annoying Queens students in this joint.

Steve Gates -

Back when I was a shitty-assed highschool student (1977) me and my homeboys would go to the Royal and drink beer at 33 cents an 8 oz glass, yeah, ya read right, 3 beers for a buck, we thought it was great and we never had a problem, sit there, keep to yourself, shut your piehole and enjoy the five-O on tap. The Royal has enjoyed a variety of hardassed owners..a story I remember from the past was of AJ Barry, nicknamed Pudge, he was a former milk wagon operator who had made his name as a local hockey star playing for the Bath Road Beavers, the city champs in the early 1900's. This guy was as tough as a $2 steak and he ruled the Royal with a cut down piece of hockey stick... nice fella from a distance. Alan, if you get that offer from a local imbiber, let me know and I will come with you, sounds like fun.

patti -

I was in the royal one night (of many) and i remember the waiter , he was good looking,inteligent,funny,kind of slutty,attentive,etc.,etc.! of course he's my son.KENNY

Laura -

I am from the Kingston area. I have never been in for the same reasons that you outline here. Still, you missed the history of the place; including the obvious and important connection that it has to Sir John A. McDonald. It would seem to me that this would be a very significant detail. Here is another blog that has some of this information if you are interested.


Alan -

Having lived in PEI, I am not attracted by Anne of Green Gables angles on things. It's unfortunate, as is the case in these matters, that the otherwise good article does not identify the date of the building's being built.

Jack Tripper -

Let's not forget the fact that a guy was killed on the premises sometime in the early 90s.


I'm a Canadian author working on a novel about Kingston in the 1860s, and this was great help! Looking forward to visiting sometime to get a better feel for the place.

David -

As a graduate student in the late 80s I drank here quite often. Excellent atmosphere, and yes, the suds were cheap. Definitely not for the squeamish, but if you behaved yourself and demonstrated no undue excess of personality, this was an enjoyable place. I hope it has not changed.

Kevin -

Queens grad student here. This is my bar of choice in Kingston. My lab partners and I go here every week for a few pints and it has a wicked atmosphere. The wait staff are good and the prices are decent. Highly recommend it.