Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 853
Beer Avg: 3.21
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
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
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75 | $$$
I have been her many times before, I am just now deciding to review it. It is a small brew pub, not a lot of seating. It is located on the second floor with a nice view overlooking Kennebunk Harbor. It has the atmosphere of a typical New England seafood place. Food was very good, serving high quality items and they suggest pairings with their beers, but a limited menu. Beer selection was ok for a brew pub, they were out of a couple of the beers on tap when I was their, seems odd even in an off season for a brewery to run out of its own beers. Not a bad place if you are in the area to go check out, but be prepared to spend some money there.
01-21-2014 21:56:07 | More by Cavanaghty
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
09-22-2010 19:20:42 | More by slander
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The place is in a kind of strip mall, but upstairs and overlooking the harbor. It's bright, clean, and the view is wonderful. There's seating at tables, as well as in the bar area. Nice U-shaped bar. A pool table behind the bar and plenty of TVs. There were 10 beers on tap, as well as a cask-conditioned beer. Growlers were available.
The beers are OK, not great. My wife had a Pumpkinhead, which she liked. I had a Taint Town Ale (cask), which was fair, and the Longfellow Winter, which was a lot better. One of my favorite beers, Prelude< won't be out until December.
Service was quick and efficient, without being obtrusive.
We had a couple sandwiches, which were good but a little pricey. Dinner entrees looked to be a lot more expensive.
This was a great place to enjoy some beer on a sunny day.
11-19-2006 13:58:44 | More by lordofthewiens
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
08-08-2008 14:18:46 | More by gixxerman
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.
11-04-2002 06:25:58 | More by Jason
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.
11-07-2002 03:34:59 | More by CharlesRiver
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub in Kennebunk, ME
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