Jack's Abby Brewing

Jack's Abby BrewingJack's Abby Brewing
Jack's Abby BrewingJack's Abby Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

100 Clinton Street
Framingham, Massachusetts, 01702
United States

(508) 872-0900 | map
jacksabbybrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.16
Beers:
84
Reviews:
3,062
Ratings:
18,082
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.47
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
300
pDev:
7.83%
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4.38/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The pizza was great. The beers chosen in a sampler were all good, not a perfect group to my tastes just bad luck on what was on tap. If this were local for me I am sure I would have some favorites. A great lunch and then at least I also went to Trillium for some more beer.

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mccrackrlm from Connecticut, Feb 10, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Solid place between Trillium and Treehouse. I personally wasn't a huge fan of the beers, but the space was large and even had lots of people at lunchtime. Would recommend either way.

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npolachek from New York, Oct 21, 2018
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4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great eating and drinking experience all around. Beer hall style (lots of group seating where you are likely to interact with people next to you). Good for families, getting together with friends, quick bite or casual business meals. Always 20+ beers on tap from JA and Springdale (barrel-aged), available in flights, half pours and pints. Service is fast and friendly. Food is creative and delicious, with something on the menu for everyone.

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GregDBoston from Massachusetts, Oct 04, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This brewery/restaurant is a favorite meeting spot for my friends and I. It is almost always packed to the brim with people sampling the beers, and gets pretty loud -- not a problem for me. They are excellent when it comes to offering new and even experimental beers on tap. I've been there at least five times, and never repeated a beer on a flight. The food is surprisingly decent, with the prosciutto and basil brick oven pizza a solid option. Slowish service, mainly due to the large crowds.

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Mulryan18 from Massachusetts, May 27, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

On a Saturday afternoon, this is a hopping place. Nice blend of families, twenty-somethings, and old folks like me. There are 24 taps and nearly 80% of them are lagers, the commitment of Jack's Abby. The five ales are from the brewery next door, Springdale. Since lagers require a long storage commitment (3x ales), the prices are extremely reasonable!

While I didn't try the food, it looked decent enough with an emphasis on the typical bar expectations.

The service at the bar was harried and chaotic, but other than the five-minute wait when I first arrived, it was efficient enough to keep me with a beer throughout my stay.

The quality of the beers is top notch. Even though the vast majority of them are lagers, the range is from light to dark and malty to hoppy, making it easy to find a beer that suits one's palate. Definitely worth a drive or detour from your path if you are in eastern Massachusetts.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Jan 27, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The food is great (especially the pizza) and the staff is friendly. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed to find that Jack has decided to focus in on the lager style of beer. Although the India Pale Lager is somewhat bitter/hoppy the vast majority of offerings feel like reworkings of the same recipe (so to speak). If you like easy drinking lagers then you'll have a good time but for true beer lovers who appreciate variety the long list of lagers will leave you wanting more.

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ryanm3850 from Rhode Island, Dec 28, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Was on a trip to Boston and decided to stop by Jack's Abby Brewing in Framingham. I had really enjoyed the Framinghammer Baltic Porter (and derivatives) and thought it would be fun. It is a short hike from Boston, maybe 30 to 40 minutes by car depending on the time of day. Note, Framingham is famous for the Framingham Heart Study, which was instrumental in developing the contemporary medical approach to the treatment of coronary artery disease and other heart problems.

One enters at a decent sized, retail area, with cooler cabinets of canned and bottles beers, as well as souvenirs, but the serving floor is a much larger open, Brauhaus style space with a variety of different seating arrangements. In addition to bar height common seating areas, there were quite a number of more booth style, semi-private spaces. I went on a Tuesday night and had no difficulty getting seating (although there were lots of people there).

The menu had a nice selection of food, not the usual "pub grub." The other breweries I have visited did not actually serve food. I ordered the Bratwurst, which came with sauerkraut and spaetzl (which was all excellent). I focused on beer offerings exclusive to the serving area and enjoyed two of the three. Full disclosure, my server was pretty disinterested: when I asked what was exclusive to the site, he pointed to something that was not, in fact, but will acknowledge he seemed a bit harried.

Overall, it was a great experience and, frankly, I wish there were one such closer to my home. If you are in the area, do consider a visit.

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VoxRationis from New York, Oct 30, 2017
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4.38/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Beer Halls: why aren't there more of you?!? Brewers that know what they're doing. A kitchen with a simple menu that is well executed. Just a happy place all around.

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MacCherry from Massachusetts, Jun 28, 2017
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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

(Evil) Davo & I on a whim trip in MA (you know, it’s been a while). He’s driving, for now, so I will take it all in. Some places seen and more to go having worked our way east out of CT. Brewery, beer store, and now all about the Abby as we’ve never been. Easily parked off the corner; a sweet slander spot had.

Entering in, it’s a ginormous space, like, fuck; totally not what I expected. Shirts, swag, bottles, & growler fills; moving right along. Industrial arched ceiling of black with massive ductwork. Wood plank walkway panels suspended with wide drop pan lamps and smaller ones over the bar. Slab concrete floors for walking on. White walls with hunter green uppers and garage door walls opening over whatever that side street I parked on is. The rear wall holds massive vertical windows looking over miles of tanks in rows and rows of rows and rows, and a barrel room to the rear corner. Pizza oven in a half walled food area with an old copper kettle. Medals and awards in the corner and a handful of flatscreens riddled about.

A row of 5 looooooong beerhall tables with shared seating for the making of new friends when in Portsmouth, plus 2 more on the flip side of the divider with some bar counter space, and a few hightops shared.

Question mark shaped bar, actually, no, it’s an ‘L’ and then a ‘U’ with a bridge, marble slab topped here, and wood on the backside and around the bend. Wood plank base, and your feet left to dangle or tucked in the rungs of your high topped chairs. Seating for 3 dozen+ save the order area. Large copper box on the bar island (or it is the island, I’m not sure), and a slat iron beer board above.

24 taps with little blackboardy handles in 2 rows of 12 each, the beers available in sample for $1.50 or $2.00 + half or full pours and mini snifters for the Fram varietals of which there are many. 22 beers up just now 5 core beers (Hoponius Union, IPL, 6.5%; Smoke & Dagger, Black Lager, 5.8%; House Lager, Helles Landbier, 5.2%; Leisure time, Wheat Lager, 4.8%; Calyptra, Session IPL, 4.9%) and 17 Specialty/Seasonal/Sour/Brewery Exclusive offerings, they being nearly equally split between mostly mix & match Lagers (Sunny Ridge, German Pils, 5.1%; Maibock Hurts Like Helles, Helles Bock, 7%; Blood Orange Hibiscus Leisure Time, Wheat Lager, 4.8%; Triple Dry Hopped Hoponius Union with Azacca & Caliente, 6.5%; Vienna Keller, Kellerbier, 4.8%; Numb Swagger, Black Lager, w/Szechuan Peppercorns, 5.8%; Brewery Maker Uber Dopplesticke (Lager Wine), 13.5%; Cuvee de Bandwagon dry hopped with Saaz & Chinook, sour, 5%) and Framinghammer varietals (Bourbon BA, 10.6%; Double Barrel BA, 11.2%; Cordon Rouge BA, 11.5%; Coffee BA 10.3%; Vanilla, 10.3%; Brandy BA, 11.7%; Cocoa-nut BA, 10.6%; PB&J BA, 10.7%; Mole BA 10.3%).

I drank and/or sampled Smoke & Dagger, House Lager, Calyptra, Maibock Hurts Like Helles, Triple Dry Hopped Hoponius Union with Azacca & Caliente, Vienna Keller, Cocoa-nut BA Framinghammer, & Coffee BA Framinghammer. Maibock is WIN, and the Triple Dry Hopped Hoponius Union is of the seriously no-suck variety, as are the Smoke & Dagger and House Lager. I mean, really, do they make a bad beer?

There will be food. A lot of the menu is pizza, but Davo ordered the house brined wood roasted chicken with sausage stuffing & pan gravy. There was lots of it and it was good. I would know ‘cause I ate half of it. I, myself started with a bowl of the Smoke & Dagger braised beef goulash with bread dumplings, and then we split (I ate nearly all) the wood fired chicken wings, done with rosemary, olive oil, sea salt, & sautéed onions. Thems wings was good.

Tunes; they are good. Great house and the beers, there wasn’t a clunker in the lot of ‘em I had. Our server Alyssa was excellent. She just told Davo he was being aggressive and asked if he needed a nap (I had not planned on commandeering the Enterprise so early in the day). I am in like with Lagers again!

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slander from New York, May 27, 2017
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4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This might be one of the better breweries I've been to. Its a great place to go with the family, get some food and great beer. The food was good enough to go to even without great beer. You also have their Springdale tap room right next door which opens up a lot more options. They had a great selection of beers that can appeal to a wide audience, especially since they also offer a selection of Springdale beers in the beer hall.

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matthewp from Massachusetts, May 01, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev -10.3%
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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SABERG from Massachusetts, Feb 26, 2017
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5/5  rDev +11.9%
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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GDrew93 from Maine, Feb 07, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Gatch from Rhode Island, Feb 01, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev -17.4%
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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margnat from Massachusetts, Jan 06, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
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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fitzy84 from Massachusetts, Nov 12, 2016
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4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
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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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), Aug 05, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
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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3.4/5  rDev -23.9%
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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Korrin from Massachusetts, Jun 29, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

A bit of an unusual place that isn't entirely clear on 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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Sabtos from Ohio, Jun 14, 2016
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4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
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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20holmbrew from Massachusetts, May 15, 2016
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4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Rockjocknroll from California, May 11, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
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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JakerLou from New Hampshire, May 01, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
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 place 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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LeRose from Massachusetts, Apr 11, 2016
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4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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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rorjets from Connecticut, Feb 24, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
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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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Dec 27, 2015
Jack's Abby Brewing in Framingham, MA
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