Jack's Abby Brewing

BEER AVG
3.95/5
Jack's Abby BrewingJack's Abby Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

100 Clinton Street
Framingham, Massachusetts, 01702
United States

(508) 872-0900 | map
jacksabbybrewing.com

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Added by morebeergood on 07-27-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
85
Reviews:
2,800
Ratings:
18,397
PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
259
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
3.15%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 259
Photo of SABERG
4.01/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Stopped in on the way home , big place!
The feel is post industrial, with a central area for family style sitting.
Waitstaff rocks, great beer line up. the food offerings are diverse and well priced. We shared a flatbread and then a slate all excellent.
The beer offerings are also well priced, the brewery specials are worth checking out.
Overall the value and the breath of offerings are excellent. We will be re-visiting
Cheers

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Photo of GDrew93
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Keeping Lagers alive! Great tap selection. Killer retail shop and an amazing German inspired open seating beer hall. Grab a beer and some food and make new friends.

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Photo of Gatch
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Great vibes just because it's a proper beer hall. Hard to find those in the States, especially New England. Compared to the old spot, this is gigantic. Store to buy growlers/bottles/cans and merch is separate from the draft beer and food with views of the barrel room. Solid crowd on a Wednesday evening so I can imagine it gets fun (or rowdy) on weekends. Not the friendliest staff but I don't expect smiles and warmth in Framingham.

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Photo of margnat
3.69/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

The quality of the beer and food is very good. It's hard to beat fresh small-batch draught beer with a wide range of styles. The food is surprisingly good even if half of the menu is pizza. (Harpoon could take a lesson here!) I've had a range of servers from perfectly helpful and timely to completely clueless. The vibe is where Jack's Abby loses it. Sound system is woefully under-powered and mismatch for this warehouse turned brewery-restaurant. There's a serious lack of noise-absorbing cloth or wood. Add to this over-bright warehouse lighting and no comfortable standing room, and you've sucked any potential for vibe right out of the room.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.83/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Finally went to the beer hall/brewery tonight. The space is in a giant office building with plenty of street, lot, and side-of-building parking. When you enter, there is a shop where you can fill growlers, buy some cases and packs, and merchandise. To one's right is the beer hall, with multiple long table, communal seats and a large bar area.

I was a bit confused by the set up. The host said to go to the bar first to start a tab, but we sat first only to be told that was not normal procedure but we were ok. I decided to order the sampler, which was hard to do with 24 tap lines. I ordered Smoke & Dagger, Leisure Time, Excess IPL, and the Double Barrel Aged Framinghammer. In terms of food, we both ordered the mac and cheese for a dinner and the pretzel as an appetizer.

Although I really dug the vibe and the servers were super cool and nice, service was a little off. We had one guy serve us first but then he had to do another assignment he said, so we waited 10 minutes before another person came by before we could get in our order. When it was time for the check, a different waiter took our bill. So we had 3 different waiters over a longer than expected period of time. In terms of food, it was ok. It was not spectacular, but it was good. The mac and cheese was quite filling and the sauces for the pretzel were great.

Overall, if I lived nearby, I would frequent this place, especially to see the service more in action. Like I said, everyone there was really nice and cool, but I wish there was more order in general. Otherwise, great atmosphere, good beers, and decent food.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

An excellent brewery with a nice retail/restaurant/bar space. The place is big and well-lit with a nice views of the brewery and barrel aging areas from pretty much everywhere. They definitely went for a German beer hall feel with big heavy wood tables and benches to sit at.

The beer selection is great. Probably over 20 beers on tap with a nice menu and flights available. The service was excellent and the retail area has anything you could want on your way out. I would definitely go back and would recommend it to anyone in the area.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Did a tour then hung out for a couple of beers and dinner.
First off, the tour was great and the tour guide was very nice, interactive and gave an interesting tour.
Many beers were available, which was great. Kellerbier was so on point, and the Beer Geek Helles was so good. Grabbed a 4 pack on the way out of the helles.
The food was phenomenal as well. Everybody I went with thought the food was great, I had a clam and bacon pizza that was top quality.
Only issue I had was their system with tabs, which is a little confusing, the wait staff seemed kind of distant though they were not rude, and the beer hall style system was a little crowded.
All around great time would definitely go back and bring others. Worth a visit.

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Photo of Korrin
3.4/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Went here on a recent Sunday afternoon and was underwhelmed with the experience. The beer was great and I'm glad I came to the brewery because I got to try things that I haven't seen and don't think I'll see in stores like the Cucumber Basil Sour that was perfectly refreshing.

The establishment and actual beer hall is a great open space and impressive; I wish I had gone on a tour to see the entirety of it and to see the barrel room.

Before ordering, the server gave us specials but couldn't remember what they were or what was in them and looked back at the specials board (which we were reading anyways and she acknowledged) and described the caprese salad as having, "mozzarella, tomatoes, annndd something else". When we were served our food, the other server who delivered them said, "Can you believe there are two tabs open for Smith right now?" Could be confusing except that wasn't our tab, so while we got the right food, it was under someone else's tab and when receiving our check our waitress said to make sure it was right because she put everything on there from memory.

We ended up ordering the pretzel and the wings which were both lacking in flavor and portion. The pretzel was quite small and not worth $5 while the wings were too greasy and flavorless.

So while the beer is great, that's all I'd suggest because our experience was unfortunately underwhelming.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

A bit of an unusual place that isn't entirely clear where to park and where the entrance is. Jack's Abby is basically a very large warehouse, with parking on one street and the entrance on the other. Good thing the side road doesn't have a lot of traffic because you really have to look closely at the entrance door to understand this situation if you're a first timer.

Instructions to head to the bar and order is a little unwieldy--I think a different system would be better. Also, the idea that you get half pours on BA brews in a flight is kind of silly. I'm not sure if this is MA law but it has to go.

This is a very large, bright, wide-open interior, with a retail section at the entrance, a massive two sided bar with doubled-up taps and a view of fermenters, and an even bigger communal seating area.

They have one of the largest selections of their own brews on tap I've seen at any brewery. Considering they had released the barrel aged Framinghammers a month or two before I arrived, the fact that they still had five of them on draft was phenomenal. We were also able to try a number of their standards and some unique twists on classic styles. It ran the gamut--for a lager house, that's just absolutely impressive.

Food is New England inspired with some twists on classics, including some Asian angles, all executed well, but not stellar.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went in on a Saturday afternoon for the first time. Very impressive space with lots of seating. There were over 20 lagers on tap. The staff was very attentive and helpful. Highly recomended.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

After visiting 8 breweries in the Boston area, Jacks stood out as the best for many reasons. The large open table seating encouraged mingling with other guests, the food was delicious and the service exceptional at tables and at counters.

The beer was consistently interesting, tasty and well-made. We tried 23 beers with not a stinker in the mix. All the traditional lagers were clean and spot-on for the style. The variants and barrel-aged lagers were delicious! We had so much fun at Jack's...leave plenty of time for your visit. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.75/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Stopped by for some flights and food. The beer is top notch as always. They had some nice brewery only offerings like Double BA Framminghammer which was a mix of brandy and bourbon Framminghammer. They also had a Cordon Rouge, BA Framminghammer with orange. Both were fantastic. They also had a really good wild ale called Cuvee D'Bandwagon.

The beer has always been great but the food was the real surprise. We had the pretzel, the chicken wings, a buffalo chicken pizza, and the scallops with risotto. They were all delicious. The scallops stole the show though. Sweet and very well prepared.

The space is very large and open. It's a brewery, restaurant, bottle shop, and bar.

The service was really good too. The server stopped by every ten minutes or so to check on us. Really attentive and offered great suggestions.

I wish I lived next to this place. I'll be heading back soon even though I'm almost two hours away.

The best part... Left with a crap load of BA Frammingahmmers and a growler of Orange Leisure Time.

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Photo of LeRose
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

There is no comparison between the old and new Jack's Abby locations. Clinton Street is an infinite upgrade even if you discount the restaurant and just look at the retail beer. The only limitation is the cooler - it remains pretty small, but there are ample beers available for 32 and 64 oz growler fills.

The vibe is fantastic - it feels like a lace you want to be. The servers are excellent - from the greeting when you walk in to the bartenders (I don't think it is a fun job) to the waitstaff. Seating is ample and communal which just adds to the beer hall feel of the place. You can easily see into the brewery from the oversized windows, and there is a nice street view from the majority of the tables. We've been twice and it was packed both times, yet it doesn't feel crowded.

The food - that copper oven they were so proud of is a thing of beauty and does pump out some great food. The wood fired chicken wings are tasty, but were inconsistent. Once they were nice and crispy, but once they were a little soggy (cooked, but not crispy). We've tried two pizzas and both were great, with the prosciutto and arugula being our current favorite. Smoke and Dagger braised beef goulash was a very good dish as well. I think the food is a bit on the pricey side - a little more than what I am used to paying for similar food. The beer is obviously plentiful, but you do need to sit and look at the choices carefully - some things you can get in tasters, some you can't. Not a big deal, you just have to spend a few moments with the beer menu. We were not refused "sip" sized tasters of anything.

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Photo of rorjets
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Stopped in on my way to Boston, on a Sunday afternoon. It's about 10 minutes or less off the Mass Pike. There were lots of people coming and going, with ample parking around the brewery. Once inside, there was a friendly hostess who asked if I had been there before (no), then give me the scoop. The place is huge, and there must have been 300 people inside, drinking beer, and eating at communal tables. They have a wood burning stove pizza operation going on right next to the bar. So I ordered my first beer (Excess IPL) at the bar, started a tab, then found a spot at one of the communal tables. Their were 24 beers on tap, with some fascinating choices. One example that I ordered, was the PB&J Barrel Aged Framinghammer Baltic Porter. Awesome!

Service was excellent, my waitress arrived shortly; I soon had my first flight of 4 beers (each beer sample is individually priced) and my meatball pizza ordered. The wait time for the pizza could not have been more then 10 minutes, despite the crowd. I had come alone, but ending up having some pleasant conversation with the people sitting next to me. I ordered a second flight, which arrived along with my pizza. All the beers were very good, some were excellent, and the pizza was also delicious!

This place is a destination for any beer geek. It's open daily, which isn't all that common for breweries, even those with food. And has a well-stocked store too. I picked up a few glasses on my way out. It will definitely be the place I stop whenever I head up the pike to Boston!

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Photo of thebeers
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Visited their original tasting room years ago, and just stopped in for lunch at their "new" brewpub. They've got a contemporary-industrial German-style beer hall, meaning you sit at long tables with benches wherever space opens up -- sharing tables with your neighbors. You start by ordering your first round at the bar and opening a tab, and from there order food and additional beers from servers who attend the tables frequently. The service was friendly and speedy enough. They had literally 30 beers on tap, when you add in all the variants, as well as their tap-only sour series. They offer sample sizes on most -- and you can fill out your own flight cards both at the bar and the tables. The menu consists of wood-oven pizzas, which were pretty tasty, as well as a few salads and other offerings. Seems like it can get a bit crowded, but I arrived right before the rush and enjoyed it immensely. Kids allowed. Separate section for growlers, bottles and what not.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Awesome space - lots of square footage, high ceilings, ample picnic-table seating, large bar in the middle and retail space out front. Grab your seat, order food from the friendly staff and order and pick up beers from the bar. Flights are the way to go. When I visited there was Kiwi Rising, Triple Hopped Kiwi Rising, BA Framinghammer and a few variants amongst many others. Food was great, vibe was cheery and the beer was on point.

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Photo of secinarot
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great new beer hall. This is now easily the best brew pub in Mass. Better than Harpoon. Better beer and much better food. Food is really well executed. The service process is a bit different - have to check in at the bar and start a tab and then take a seat and flag down the server. But it seems to work. A must visit!

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

~This is my review of the NEW Clinton Street location.~

Loved the beer from the outset, filled growlers at the original location regularly. On my first visit to the new facility, I was impressed. Tried some dry-hopped varieties of the Hoponius, a personal favorite, and tasted some other offerings. The staff was friendly and great.

This will be a regular stop. Yep.

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Photo of Mikeszab
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

This place is amazing! If you like hops and lagers you will love this place. Growlers and bottles of specialties are great to bring home. Nice growler reward program. The staff is friendly and knowledgable. The current space is tight on a busy day. However the new location will make this gem even better.

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Photo of BeerEsquire
3.7/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Nice updated tap room, well staffed. Low ceiling and adjacent neighborhood leave something to be desired but once you get some quality, fresh beer lil seems to bother.

I stopped in the day before Independence Day and the guys were there til 8pm, just wish they had a limited run keg on to broaden my brewery experience. A couple bombers and the ever delicious Mass Rising made their way back to CT though.

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Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
4.84/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome little place. Huge variety of beers available on tap, flights and samples available. Limited bottle
purchases available. Brewery tour was very cool. Mom and pop vibe, small batch barrel aged room and lab. Very cool.

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Photo of kculrich
4.53/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

My favorite brewery, my favorite beer line up! It's an hour and a half drive for me but I seem to do it every couple of weeks. (Keep track of what you've bought, though - last time, while they were holding my credit card, maybe I paid someone else's tab, maybe not, I don't know, but I ended up paying an extra forty bucks)!

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

great beers on tap. friendly, inviting staff. decently wide selection of styles and options. taproom is pretty dull to be honest. at least they're moving soon.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Cool tasting room. Good vibe, always good music playing. Rob and his team in the tasting room do a really nice job. There really has never been a line when I have been there, but I have gone early afternoon during the week. Beers are always really well crafted, and there is always something new available. Great place to visit!

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Photo of Jeff_G
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Amazing brewery that is producing world class lagers. Lagers and lagers only. They were early on the hippy lager trend and continue to keep me coming back. Easily my favorite New England brewery.

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