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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
1,047 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
Photo of purplehops
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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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 Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

overall: 3.98
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$


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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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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of StevieW
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I made two trips here on my trip through Maine. It was about a 300 yard walk from my Hotel. I had the sampler after a great Maine lobster dinner and enjoyed most all of them. The only bummer was the Brown Ale on cask, very stale and slimy. I did find the Blue Fin Stout, which is knock your d*#k in the dirt good. My girlfriend loved the Raspberry Wheat. The next day we went back for a lobster roll on the patio. With just a hint of a cool fall breeze in the air, I enjoyed a pint of Blue Fin. We hit the gift shop downstairs for some growlers, unbelievably cheap bombers to go ($1.50) and I even bought an Old Thumper ball cap. I left fat and happy, looking like a stupid tourist with my new hat on, and beer under each arm. I'm already thinking about Maine for my next summer vacation, unless some beer advocates can persuade me to go elsewhere. Missed meeting up with the world renowned JohnnyP (before he hit big with the slogan) by one day. Maybe next year.

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