Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew PubFederal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Based on:
13 Beers
1,045 Hads
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 37
Visits: 50
Avg: 3.8
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

8 Western Ave
Kennebunk, Maine, 04043-7756
United States
phone: (207) 967-4322

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @federaljacks

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Home of Kennebunkport Brewing Company.
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Reviews: 37 | Visits: 50
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Photo of Todd
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A lunch stop with some fellow BeerAdvocate.com'ers before the Maine fest ...

Atmosphere was a bit bright, ultra-clean and geared toward an older / family crowd. View of the water was pretty damn cool. Service was good, but lacked any real beer knowledge.

Beer selection was good, seemed to have about 8 on-tap, all of which were served way too cold, including the cask which was conditioned in a normal keg (so it wasn't really a cask beer). Still, the beer was pretty tasty and fresh.

Food was okay. Loved the steamed clams, but the clam chowder had pratically no meat (more like a potato chowder). Haddock sandwich was medicore, not all that fresh and was served with too much bread.

Brewing system was on the ground floor, but closed off. Got a glimpse at the old-school Grundy tanks, which looked like lunar landing vehicles. Nice!

Federal Jack's is a bit off the beaten path ... but the birth place of Shipyard beers is worth a visit. Good place to have lunch, perhaps, but not a place that I'd hang out drinking in.

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Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Not a bad little stop if you are on your way to Portland, fresh tasting beers. The Bluefin was top notch though the cask was not even a cask beer as I did not even see a proper beer engine and the cask porter tasted a bit green and was served way too cold.

The food was sadly just ok, steamed mussels were the best but the clam chowder and haddock sandwich could have used some work. Other than that it is certainly worth a visit for a couple of pints.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of aknalley
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Hoppy-boy12
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I have been there twice. Beer is excellent, food is great the service is top notch!

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Photo of Cdowd10
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Royal2000H
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Reds76
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Great bar food, nice atmosphere. Not a huge fan of shipyard beer but it is decent - particularly like the Prelude beer if you are there in November/December. Overall really solid experience.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Pwbres
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of CAMay
4/5  rDev +5.3%

I've been here several times over the last 20 years. The location is fabulous and I have never been disappointed by the food. The beer is good, but not great.

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Photo of JGLittle
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of RKing44
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ERGrady
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Jodi215
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5

We stopped for lunch while touring the Maine coast. Loved the location and view. The atmosphere is beachtown nice. Comfortable with a great view of the harbor. Quality was good but not great. Service was friendly but reserved and reasonably fast. Selection wasn't very good but the beer my husband tried he liked. It was Shipyard's Fuggles IPA. The flavor was very good but he doesn't find the piney or citrus flavors in the eastern IPA's. I had the pulled pork which was tasty but tough so I wouldn't recommend it. Hubby had the chowder which he said was great. Price on beer was reasonable but I thought the food was a little pricy for what we got. Probably wouldn't go back.

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Photo of coombski
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

I have been her many times before, I am just now deciding to review it. It is a small brew pub, not a lot of seating. It is located on the second floor with a nice view overlooking Kennebunk Harbor. It has the atmosphere of a typical New England seafood place. Food was very good, serving high quality items and they suggest pairings with their beers, but a limited menu. Beer selection was ok for a brew pub, they were out of a couple of the beers on tap when I was their, seems odd even in an off season for a brewery to run out of its own beers. Not a bad place if you are in the area to go check out, but be prepared to spend some money there.

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Photo of TheRealPour
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of AJ01923
4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Make it a point to stop by Federal Jacks every time I'm around the area or travel between Kittery/Portland/Freeport. Excellent menu, atmosphere and views. Great spot year round, one of my personal favorites. Nice gift shop to stop through and grab a few souvenirs and fresh growler. I just wish they offered solstice ale for a longer duration.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

My wife and I had drinks here on the first night (Sat) of our long weekend in Kennebunkport. It was nighttime, but the bar is on the second floor, and I can imagine the view must be pretty nice on a clear day. Inside, it's pretty generic looking. Very plain colors, no real decorations. Televisions scattered about for sports, and pool tables off in their own room. We grabbed two seats at the bar. There were 10 beers on tap, plus a cask. We had a few rounds, and I founds the beers to be average, on par for Shipyard. I had the pale ale on cask, then the stout, and finished with the brown (on sale). My wife tried the sunfish wheat, which was oddly fruity. The pale and the stout were OK, but the brown was watery. Service was fine, as it was busy but our waiter got to us when we could. Prices were cheap, $4 pints and $3 for the brown. There was supposed to be a live band at 10pm, but we overheard the drummer at 10:30 say they could not set up until some diners moved from their tables. We took off before the music started.

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Photo of Chincino
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I visited Federal Jack's Brewpub in Kennebunk, Maine in the summer which was a great time to visit because we were able to take advantage of the outdoor seating and sit outside overlooking the water of the harbor. The atmosphere was very relaxing and we had a beautiful view from our table. The inside provided a good atmosphere with extensive seating, a decent-sized bar, and lots of paraphenalia to look at while you wait for a beer.

The food was typical brewpub fare with seafood options as well. The food was moderately priced and was pretty good. The service was good despite the place being busy.

The beer selection was decent with a few shipyard beers on tap and some of the KBC's original brews as well. We split a sampler and were able to try 10 or so beer samples.

It was a nice spot to stop for lunch and enjoy beer on a summer day in Maine.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Tucked into a nice location in Kennebunk, on the water, Federal Jack's was our lunch destination on a recent week on Maine.

Very nice atmosphere - open space, large bar, plus outdoor seating overlooking the harbor. Was a little too chilly to take advantage of the views outdoors.

Waitress had a decent enough working knowledge of the beers, no brewmaster, but also no novice either. Good service.

Extensive menu with usual pub fare, plus extra sea food options. Kids menu if you need it.
Plenty of options. The food itself was good.

About 10 beers on tap, a mixture of Shipyard brews and KBC brews. The winter was available draft on on cask. All 10 are available as part of the reasonably priced sampler. I happen to like Shipyard brews, and the ABVs are very afternoon friendly - making for an enjoyable lunch.

Package store downstairs to pick up more brews, some singles, sixers, and bombers.

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Photo of slander
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

In Maine, hiding mostly. From work, and things worklike, and things like worklike. I need a breather from all the time on the road, so I'll pack up the car and get on the road, makes sense. Visiting nomadic college friends who at the 11th hour, opted not to wander farther to Alaska (and there was my hook for the barleywine festival next January). Might as well get my play on while I can...

Tucked on the end of a simple complex on the river Kennebunkebunk. And around the backside. And upstairs. And in. Seems they've got some room up here but you're ushered to one side. I'm going to say 2 dozen mismatched tables, squares, 'tangles, longies, hightops, and a few booths; much of it with crazy views over the river from the big bay windows, some of them blinded or you'd be.

Red walls over yellow slat wood lowers, and windows and trim all around. Wood floorings with faux tile area around the bar, exposed ducts and slat wood ceilings with some kind of framing, holding track spots or not, and wall mounted lamps. Drop cone lamps & quisps on the flipside center, and a few cooling spinnys. Walls done with nautical prints & paintings, including one of a guy riding a giant lobster, which technically qualifies, I guess. And a large logo piece with Federal Jack himself holding a pint with this "Yeaaah man!" expression over the wall of windows up front where they do bands and karaoke (of which I am glad to have caught neither). 4 x 8 blackboard on the far wall listing events & tap list, and flatscreens everywhere for all angles.

Slat wood topped "U" shaped bar with a slight lip in the center of the room seating 18 or so. Some booze welled below and shelved on something of a barback, and a horizontal "Home of Shipyard Ales" sign above. Oh, that explains some things. Ceramic mug club mugs run in rows from heavy chained racks overhead. Shirts & bottles displayed on the backside of the backside. A barometer mounted next to me at the bar reads between "Fair" and "Chance" on the heels of the rain I've been driving through for the last 4 hours.

2 row towers of 8 each below the bar with glassware stacked in between, and a live handpump on the end. You can do a sampler of 3, 5 or everything. You know me; I'll go with anything that's everything. Sampler is dealt loaded surrounding the menu card. 7 standards (Goat Island Light, lightly everything; Taint Town Pale Ale, made with actual taints, buttery and eeew; Brown Ale, an English Brown with a pleasant maltiness, similar to others; Blue Fin Stout, soft, silky, roasty goodness on nitro; Fuggles IPA, bitter, tastes, I don't know, meh; Old Thumper, English Bitter, decent balance, not bad; Shipyard Export Ale, malty okayness with hop something), 3 seasonals (Sirius Summer Wheat, an American Wheat, crisp & pleasant; Sunfish Wheat, on peach, which you can smell from New Hampshire, it's peach soda, it's too much, make it stop!), and a cask offering (Independence Ale, good hoppiness, the 'tender called it a Pale Ale, I don't think it is). The Brown Ale, Blue Fin Stout, Sirius Summer Wheat & Independence Ale were the best of the lot.

Started with a cup of the New England Clam Chowder. It was good, but you're in New England, so it had damn well better be. And then something something, I'm thinking the spicy stir fry done chicken. There were vegetables & rice 'cause that's how stir fry works. It was tasty but not so terribly spicy. I wanted the heat!

Had a look around. Past the bar counter space off the end of the bar lies a rear gaming room holding 4 pool tables, Big Buck Hunter, Phil's Golf Game (live), Daytona USA, a Roller Coaster Tycoon pinball machine, and a Galaga/Ms. Pac Man/Frogger unholy trinity machine. The walls adorned with Shipyard logo pieces proudly boasting their Ringwoodedness (They oughtn't). Acoustic Dave Matthews currently Crashing here. And out front, a porch of sorts for not being inside and the other side of the restaurant not open yet. But soon, oh yes, soon. And now sitting back at the bar, having some fun with Bobtender and the regular folks. It's a good crowd this rainy Monday night. Food was good and some of the beers I did quite like, but others, no. I might drink some of them again, but others, no. Comfortable place with nice views, I do dig looking down the river. As such is Maine.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This place was just waht I was looking for in the small town of Kennebunk, ME. I had been traleing through from Portland on my way home and wanted to see if there was a good placenearby to get dinner and a beer. The restruabt was upstairs with the brewery facilities and gift shop on the first floor. The menu was a good size and hada good selection of pub food as well as several entres. The beer selection was decent but was not very wide. At the time I came in, which was on a Friday night, there was no cask beer available. The staff seemed to be a bit procupied and not very knowledgable when it came to the beer. I did enjoy the beer I did have and the food ended up being good too. The prices seemed to be a good deal with beers around $4.00. Not a bad place to stop in when in the area but not worth going out of the way to get to.

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Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub in Kennebunk, ME
87 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.