Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby BrewingJack's Abby Brewing
BA SCORE
3.99/5
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19,685 Ratings
Jack's Abby BrewingJack's Abby Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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:
79
Reviews:
3,124
Ratings:
19,685
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.48/5
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
288
pDev:
7.59%
 
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Photo of Mulryan18
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of eluvah
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great selection of beer to sample. Food was delicious and reasonably priced.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.21/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of smcolw
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of ryanm3850
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Photo of alexsergio
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of stubbzz04
4.98/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of KMcGrath
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Pawlie
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Yanzo
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of oldmankoch
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Bhunter0812
4.21/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of VoxRationis
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of OzmanBey
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Mleblanc25
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of BeerMeBrookline
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Ronl12
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of cd34
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Stofko1992
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MacCherry
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of HurryItsJacob
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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Jack's Abby Brewing in Framingham, MA
Brewery rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 19,685 ratings