Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 817
Beer Avg: 3.2
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.43/5 rDev -10%
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.
11-04-2002 07:11:36 | More by Todd
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
11-04-2002 06:25:58 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75 | $$$
I have been her many times before, I am just now deciding to review it. It is a small brew pub, not a lot of seating. It is located on the second floor with a nice view overlooking Kennebunk Harbor. It has the atmosphere of a typical New England seafood place. Food was very good, serving high quality items and they suggest pairings with their beers, but a limited menu. Beer selection was ok for a brew pub, they were out of a couple of the beers on tap when I was their, seems odd even in an off season for a brewery to run out of its own beers. Not a bad place if you are in the area to go check out, but be prepared to spend some money there.
01-21-2014 21:56:07 | More by Cavanaghty
4.88/5 rDev +28.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
03-13-2013 03:28:00 | More by AJ01923
4.25/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I decided to check out the Kennebunkport/Kennebunk area for our anniversary and were led here.
A/Q: On an early Wednesday afternoon before tourist season, this low-key looking restaurant and bar had a decent atmosphere inside. I know it was early in the day, but everything was extremely clean. It looked like they were working on the patio (but no worries, it didn't bother me). There were a fair amount of tv's scatttered throughout most of the bar area.
S: The service was really good but then again, there was barely anyone in the restaurant when me and my wife were there.
S/F/V: The selection on the menu was pretty good as I had a hard time deciding what I wanted. I had a Goat Island and the Taint Town Pale, and were extremely satisfied with both. My green chili burger was excellent. The value seemed reasonable. Overall, I'd go back, and get my growlers re-filled.
05-31-2012 00:21:22 | More by BeerKangaroo
3.44/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
05-31-2011 03:13:47 | More by morebeergood
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
11-18-2010 12:24:28 | More by Chincino
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
10-23-2010 21:51:44 | More by KTCamm
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub in Kennebunk, ME
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