MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company - Kingston

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MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company - Kingston

Postby Masterplan » Mon May 26, 2014 7:46 am

So Stone City Ales this summer, and now MacKinnon Brothers opening shop in the Kingston Area. I know I drink a lot if beer, but I'm not going to be able to keep two breweries a float...or will I?

http://www.thewhig.com/2014/05/23/brothers-nearly-ready-to-open-brewery
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Postby The Mick » Mon May 26, 2014 9:42 am

Sounds cool. No mention of the styles of beer they will be starting with... anyone heard anything? Great beer scene emerging in this little city.
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Postby ChrisK » Mon May 26, 2014 11:04 am

Based solely on the content of their website (http://www.mackinnonbrewing.com/), namely the fact that the brewmaster brother has a "Master's degeree in brewing and distilling from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and extensive experience at the brewing research girm BRI in London, England", I would guess that they will be brewing predominantly English or English-inspired styles. They have such a great story to go along with the brewery and the fact that they intend to eventually grow all of the ingredients themselves is excessively appealing to my sensibilities, so I'm fully preparing myself for the terrible possibility of them announcing their initial flagship offerings as being a some uninspired pale ale, amber ale, or pale lager.
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Postby liamt07 » Mon May 26, 2014 11:26 am

ChrisK wrote:so I'm fully preparing myself for the terrible possibility of them announcing their initial flagship offerings as being a some uninspired pale ale, amber ale, or pale lager.


Dude, English ales can be exciting. Porters, barleywines, old ales, dark/pale milds, ESBs, RIS's among others are all traditional English styles...
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Postby ChrisK » Mon May 26, 2014 11:48 am

liamt07 wrote:
ChrisK wrote:so I'm fully preparing myself for the terrible possibility of them announcing their initial flagship offerings as being a some uninspired pale ale, amber ale, or pale lager.


Dude, English ales can be exciting. Porters, barleywines, old ales, dark/pale milds, ESBs, RIS's among others are all traditional English styles...


Oh, I know. Don't misunderstand, I love English ales and would welcome a selection of properly-executed products. My skepticism stems from the past year's list of brewing start-ups rolling out with uninspired filler. I really really hope these guys come out of the gate with something unique and high-quality because i love the concept and story they have going.
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Postby Craig » Mon May 26, 2014 4:09 pm

They look like an interesting outfit. They've built themselves a cold cellar, instead of just a refrigerated room and they're growing their own hops and barley. Pretty neat.

They're not really in Kingston either, they look to be 30 minutes or so out of town.
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Postby Colin @ Canada » Wed May 28, 2014 7:39 pm

Will be brewing in Bath. Great news for us. I too hope that they don't stick to safe styles. Here's hoping they do some "big" beers.
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Postby ChrisK » Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:35 am

Looks like they're coming out of the gate with an English pale ale which is now on tap at a few bars in Kingston.
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Postby TheSevenDuffs » Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:09 am

I have a bit of a family connection to these guys, so I will definitely be pulling for them to do well. What they are doing is at least interesting and unique; hopefully the quality of the beer will be good too!
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Postby Masterplan » Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:42 am

Had a couple pints of their 2nd offering Crosscut Canadian Ale (an unfiltered blonde ale). Nice easy drinking citrusy summer beer, nothing mind blowing, but good. A fairly safe start out.
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Postby TheSevenDuffs » Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:32 am

I visited the brewery last weekend. Cool set up. Tried the Crosscut as well as a Wheat Beer that was still fermenting. They have fairly limited capacity right now but they plan to compliment Cross Cut and the English Pale Ale with experimental and seasonal brews.

Retail store seemed a few weeks/a month away and will sell growlers (2L) and cans.

Looking forward to seeing what they have in store.
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Re: MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company - Kingston

Postby Masterplan » Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:50 pm

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Re: MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company - Kingston

Postby Craig » Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:21 pm

Those guys were actually like the second or third batch that Barn Owl did. They're very keen on the local/crafty thing.
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Re: MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company - Kingston

Postby Masterplan » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:37 pm

Grabbed a growler tonight. While, I'm happy to support this venture, they continue to make bready, flat ales with slight diacetyl qualities. Props to growing it local on three trellis lines, just need to add more hops...

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