Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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4/5 rDev +5.3%
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
4/5 rDev +5.3%
It's summer in Kennebunkport and you want a good beer, where do you go? Well, you go to you're only choice, Federal Jack's. This place is located just before the bridge into town and it's location is awesome. Great waterviews of the Kennebunk River from the terrace. 2 bars in here, a big square shaped main and a smaller bar on the other side, mostly for use with the balcony/terrace. Gift shop downstairs, where you can pick up a whole mess of tourist stuff, a lot of Shipyard apparell, glassware, beer, etc. The beer selection is a range of the most popular Shipyard brews as well as some only found here. There's also a cask, but it's almost never good. This is the only place where I had cask beer that was flat and had zero head. Recently had Export ale on cask and it looked like iced tea. Enough people must've complained about the casks being too cold because they got that part right now. Anyway, if you like Shipyard brews at all you'll find something here. The Blue Fin Stout is always good. Food is ok, I think its just too busy here for the chefs to put a lot of attention into the food. I didn't think this place was that expensive like a lot of people say. You are in a tourist town here afterall. Bottom line is if you're in Kennebunkport this is a must stop and a younger crowd shows up later on weekends when all the families are done eating.
12-04-2006 19:17:23 | More by lehows
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
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Overlooking the Kennebunk River in the picturesque village of Kennebunk, Federal Jack's never fails to provide a convivial experience. I have enjoyed myself at this fine brewpub on numerous occasions at various times of day. The dining room provides a family atmosphere and beautiful views of the river. The bar offers ample seating, numerous televisions often tuned to sports, and a fine selection of brews. Taint Town Pale Ale, Goat Island Light, Old Thumper, Shipyard Export, Longfellow winter, Blue Fin Stout, Brown ale, Fuggles IPA, and Pumpkinhead ale can currently be found on tap. I personally recommend Taint Town, Old Thumper, Longfellow, and Blue Fin.
The restaurant has a decidedly family feel prior to 10pm. Soon after the bar takes on a jovial adult atmosphere often bolstered by live music. A tiny unimpressive "after-hours" menu is available. The few highlights are chili and chips and salsa. This isn't a great selection, but it compliments a few beers well enough. Service at the bar is unquestionably average. Granted the bar has often been quite crowded, but how long does it take to get three pints, honestly.
If you choose to sit in the dining room you will be greeted with fine service and an extensive menu. This being Maine there are many seafood options to select from. Personally I do not eat seafood and therefore am unable to review this specific aspect. I can attest to my companions enjoyment of the fried clams though. The remaining menu offers standard pub fare of hamburgers, sandwiches, and appetizers. The blooming onion, and the pepper burger are always wise choices. There are a few vegetarian offerings for the herbivores among us.
Federal Jack's provides a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy a good brew with friends and is well worth a visit if you find yourself in the York County/Southern Maine area. Enjoy!!
10-22-2004 20:38:30 | More by mdavis31481
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Recentley stopped in too enjoy a smashing pumpkin (stout and pumpkin head) even then though the bartender couldnt layer it, still good. I love love the music on the weekends. Fooze ball and a few pool tables in the back make for some friendly competition. Atmosphere is real down to earth and it has a beautiful view of kennebunk port. Deffently a local favorite.
Food is pretty decent. Mussels in the brown ale is exceptional. But Their selection is good. They try to switch it up while keeping the local favorites.
11-24-2008 20:37:37 | More by cleeze
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Came in here today after doing a road trip with my girlfriend. Decided to go up and down the coast in Southern Maine. I knew Federal Jack's was in the Bunk, but never knew where exactly since I never go there. Found it easily enough with plenty of parking. We decided to stop by for a quick drink.
The location is very nice, right near the water where plenty of small vessels dock, on a sunny day you can't beat just looking out. Inside is very clean and organized, nice large windows for you to look out and there's a deck along the building to sit as well. Decent gift shop where you can buy Shipyard stuff and other assorted things, you can also see the brewing equipment through the windows.
The waiter was kind and quick, but for drinks on a non-busy Tuesday afternoon, I can't imagine it was too difficult.
Tap list is Shipyard centric (of course), a couple of them I wasn't aware of since they're not widely distributed in bottles or kegs.
While we didn't order any food, we did notice it was rather expensive (the beer on the other hand is fairly priced).
06-17-2009 02:07:56 | More by deltatauhobbit
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
3.8/5 rDev 0%
Federal Jack's is a great place to go if you are visiting Kennebunk. I saw it in the Yankee Brew News list of brewpubs, and was very impressed when I first went there. You can sit the small inside area or on the covered deck. The deck has an great view of the harbor, so you can just kick back and watch the boats float by.
Not a huge selection.I enjoyed the Summer Solstice and the porter. The food is pretty good, too. The bar also seems to be one of the few in the area with cable, which is key if you want to catch the Sox.
05-18-2007 21:45:40 | More by cbreitro
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
This is a big pub with plenty of space and television coverage throughout the bar, dining area and pool room. Great views of the harbor from this second floor pub, right there with outside deck seating available. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, quick service and fair brews on the 9 taps and one cask ale. I was offered samples and had a delicious bowl of New England clam chowder to boot. It's got lots of windows to enjoy the view of the boats and water, bright and cheerful with modest but attractive seaside decor. A very enjoyable visit with decent brews. I would agree it may be more about the views and setting here than the beer, but I will be happy to revisit some day. A suitable place for family as well as a hang out with the guys.
04-25-2010 16:53:56 | More by Durge
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub in Kennebunk, ME
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