Jack's Abby Brewing

Jack's Abby BrewingJack's Abby Brewing
BA SCORE
3.94/5
19,053 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:
2,975
Ratings:
19,053
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.5/5
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
271
pDev:
7.78%
 
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Photo of Gatch
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
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 wisegreensoul
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of margnat
3.69/5  rDev -18%
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 ScottP
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of fitzy84
3.83/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Joel7797
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of ems_backpack
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Prost76
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of AndrewBV
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -7.8%
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 Biggiekrock627
3.32/5  rDev -26.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of Korrin
3.4/5  rDev -24.4%
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 thedaveofbeer
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of jmichiel
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Hammerhead79
3.53/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rocksteady726
3.95/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Sanjaypat
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of SRBush1974
4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of 20holmbrew
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
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 cadaugherty
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Jack's Abby Brewing in Framingham, MA
Brewery rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 19,053 ratings
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