Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Overlooking a harbor in Kennebunk (right on the border of Kennebunkport) this establishment is worth stopping for the beer, but the food is so-so. The menu is quite impressive and looks quite promising at first glance, but the delivered product was uninspired.
The location is pleasant, overlooking the harbor. More of a family place to have lunch vs a hang-out for those looking for a beer session.
Service was good, but the bartender was a bit slow pouring the drinks.
We tried the Raspberry Wheat which was quite refreshing. The Blue Fin Stout was pretty good, though a bit on the light side for my taste and not very complex in the flavor dept.
There's a gift shop downstairs where growlers are sold in a cooler.
07-10-2004 13:25:18 | More by bewley
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Been here now twice on visits up to the area over the past two years. The location is fine and on the days we have been there, there has been quite the lively, if not young, crowd. I used to enjoy the Old Thumper beer at a local RI sports bar when they carried it some years ago, and on this visit I had a cask version which was enjoyable. They also produced a draft pale ale which was fresh and tasty. A sticking point was when moving to the ouside area, by law one must give up the glass for a pour into plastic, but I managed to circumvent the bouncer and carried on (slap, slap that wrist)... We ended the eve there at closing and were surprised how time just flew by. And just about everyone we met as locals were great to hang with.
10-12-2003 03:41:46 | More by Hobbz
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
bar upstairs. gift shoppe downstairs (ground level).
pub like surroundings. bar. tables. pool room in back. but the bartender is wearing a tie. oddly unsettling.
shipyard quality ales. some casks even.
service was good when they could be found.
i had brunch when i went and it was some good stuff. banana french toast which turned out to be french toast made with banana bread. tasty but didn't go too well with my cask longfellow.
(1/5/04) re-reviewing so this rates where i think it should against other brewpubs. have a nice day.
07-25-2003 02:26:14 | More by bennybrew
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
Although a bit hard to find as it is not directly in the downtown area of Kennebunkport I still found it.I really liked this place with its view over the port and all that goes on.Very scenic and quiet.We went during lunchtime and it wasnt busy at all.We stopped at the gift shop below first to look at the ton of merchandise they sold for Shipyard,Smuttynose,and Federal Jack's.I was confused about where the actual brewpub was and was told it was upstairs.The food was great and so was the service.I think they only brewed two beers at federal jacks and the rest were Shipyards on tap.I was told Shipyard owned this restaurant.I tried the two brews that were brewed there as I have tried most of Shipyards,and were quite good,especially the raspberry wheat.Tons of Shipyard and Federal Jacks breweriana adorned the walls.The gift shop is very expensive so watch out.I will surely visit here again on my next trip to Maine.
06-09-2003 08:18:56 | More by kelticblood
3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
Federal Jack's is the original home of Shipyard Brewery. The pub is located above the brewery at the back of a strip-mall in downtown Kennebunk (a Kennebunk type strip mall built in the eighties). When you walk in table seating is in front of you and to the left. The bar is in the back and to the right. Behind the bar and through another doorway is a game room with pool tables and dart boards. The view out the large plate glass windows is of Kennebunk Harbor and the river marsh.
The atmosphere at Federal Jack's is up scale family orientated. Light wood and wall colors along with plenty of glass and metal makes for a very bright environment. The place is also spotless and roomy.
The quality is a step above average but nothing special. The beers are fresh and there are some cask-conditioned ones but the food is pretty average and skimpy for a pub.
The service is good and friendly but they don't let you forget that it is a business. The staff is a wee bit too stiff and formal for me. They also lack anything more than a very basic understanding of what they are serving.
The selection of beers is good in that there is always something for every taste. Most of the time there are at least six to eight beers on tap.
The food menu has some light foods to go along with traditional pub food but is no more than about a dozen items for lunch. And as stated earlier small portions and a bit pricy (it is Kennebunk!).
Overall Federal Jack's is worth a visit just for the view and its history. But I'm not sure it is worth going way out of your way for.
02-10-2003 23:22:49 | More by purplehops
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
I visited Federal Jack's twice this summer on two different camping trips. The location is great. It is tucked away in a little cove right on the water. My girlfriend likes it for the atmosphere but I go for the beer. The seasonal selection was been great both times. From their standards, I prefer the stout. It looked like they had a mug club that used beautiful ceramic mugs.
The food was above average but not amazing. This is a place that I will go out of my way to visit.
11-07-2002 03:34:59 | More by CharlesRiver
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
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
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
This is the hangout of the irrepresible JohnnyP. It's a nice, open, airy place, with a great view of the Marina. The outdoor, 2nd floor patio must be great in summer. They had about 9 of their biers on tap here, which is a very nice thing, yet the quality of the bier did not overly impress me. The "cask" porter was not hand-pulled, and it was from a metal keg and served much too cold. The have a decent menu, and the chili was tasty (yet nowhere near hot enough for me). A buffalo chicken sammich hit the spot, too, though it was a bit small for the price. Still worth a visit, imo.
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
11-04-2002 06:40:52 | More by Bierman9
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
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
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
Great place, great location, uneducated crowd. What kind of brewpub serves Bud? Here's your answer. Playing pool here, I was shocked to see more bud bottles then pints. Do not be fooled .... this is a pickup bar. The beer on tap is outstanding, but most people come here to party and meet the opposite sex. I have been going here for years. The front part is a family dining area during the day, particullarly in the summer. But at night, voila! The food is standard pub food. Come and enjoy the beer, but keep in mind the atmosphere.
09-26-2002 11:53:08 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub in Kennebunk, ME
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