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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
BA SCORE
87
very good

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 875
Beer Avg: 3.19
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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

Notes:
Home of Kennebunkport Brewing Company.

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Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

NJBeer265, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of bennybrew
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.

bennybrew, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Cavanaghty, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of slander
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

slander, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Stopped in on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The place is in a kind of strip mall, but upstairs and overlooking the harbor. It's bright, clean, and the view is wonderful. There's seating at tables, as well as in the bar area. Nice U-shaped bar. A pool table behind the bar and plenty of TVs. There were 10 beers on tap, as well as a cask-conditioned beer. Growlers were available.

The beers are OK, not great. My wife had a Pumpkinhead, which she liked. I had a Taint Town Ale (cask), which was fair, and the Longfellow Winter, which was a lot better. One of my favorite beers, Prelude< won't be out until December.

Service was quick and efficient, without being obtrusive.

We had a couple sandwiches, which were good but a little pricey. Dinner entrees looked to be a lot more expensive.

This was a great place to enjoy some beer on a sunny day.

lordofthewiens, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of gixxerman
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

This place was sort of a nice surprise.

A bit off the beaten path, but worth finding.

I had a few Blue Fin Stouts, an order of steamed mussels and a nice bowl of lobster bisque. Nothing diappointed.

There is nice deck with a great view of the Kennebunk and very laid back and relaxing atmosphere. There is also a pool and game room in the back. the restraurant area is the more focal part of the inside, with the bar sort of out of the way. The outside probably sees the majority of the action during the summer months.

Parking was a bit of a pain, but besides that it was right on.

gixxerman, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Nov 04, 2002
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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.

CharlesRiver, Nov 07, 2002
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

TheRealPour, Nov 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

coombski, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Pwbres, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Durge
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.

Durge, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Hobbz
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.

Hobbz, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of cbreitro
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.

cbreitro, May 18, 2007
Photo of bewley
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.

bewley, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of mdavis31481
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!!

mdavis31481, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of cleeze
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.

cleeze, Nov 24, 2008
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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).

deltatauhobbit, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Bierman9
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.

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

45

Bierman9, Nov 04, 2002
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.

CAMay, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Chincino
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

Chincino, Nov 18, 2010
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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.

KTCamm, Oct 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

JGLittle, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of lehows
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.

lehows, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Pulled off I-95 for a lunch stop before heading north to Portland. Its summer tourist season, so I expected a slow trip get to the brewpub. I was right. Others stated it was hard to locate, but I saw the sign for the strip mall and headed towards the back.

Located on the second floor, it is a bright room with loads of windows overlooking the harbor. Very scenic. Outdoor seating was available but it was a bit cool so no one was there. The bar was made of light colored wood and had about 15 stools. Many people were eating lunch at tables, including lots of kids with parents.

The back room has a pool table and Soprano's pinball machine. There were 10 beers on tap - a lite, export ale, pale ale, brown, Old Thumper, Old Thumper casked conditioned, fuggles IPA, summer wheat, raspberry wheat, and stout. The few pints my wife and I had were decent. Most were drinking the Shipyard beers, but a one patron was drinking a Bud Lite.

Food was pretty good. I had the fried clams and the wife enjoyed the signature mussel dish and the clam chowder. We tried the homemade rootbeer too - very good.

The two bartenders were very friendly and conversational. We talked about Portland and we got some recommendations for good eats and drinking places. They seemed to understand the offerings at the brewpub.

We spent about 2 hours here and had a nice time. Stopped in the gift store below for a quick look. They have growlers and variety 12 packs available. Plenty of t-shirts too.This place is worth a stop if you are travelling through this lovely state. Nice and scenic.

Gavage, Jun 22, 2005
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Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub in Kennebunk, ME
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.