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Jack's Abby Brewing

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BEER AVG
4.03/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

100 Clinton Street
Framingham, Massachusetts, 01702
United States

(508) 872-0900 | map
jacksabbybrewing.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
240
Avg:
4.45
pDev:
7.87%
 
 
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0
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Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%

Ahh... I just wrote up a big review and then it somehow didn't take. So here's the long and short:

The Good:
The beers are fantastic, as you probably already know if you live in New England. The tap selection is wide and there's almost always brewery-only bottles available, including sours and their BA variants of the Framinghammer Baltic Porter.

The Not-so-good:
It takes a long time to get to because Massachusetts is a nightmare to drive through. I'm only about 40 miles away and it took over an hour and a half. Also, while the place is decently decorated it doesn't have much of a lounge vibe to it. The building is old, but the taproom feels like a Home Depot setpiece, with lots of tracklighting and gleaming wood. That, and seating is either very limited or nonexistent. Also, we got there an hour before closing and the staff were all busy and a little curt.

The Verdict:
Worth the trip for the brewery-only beers, but don't expect a super fun brewery experience. The taproom is a place for buying beers and maybe sampling a pint; you aren't gonna have that much fun hanging out there.

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Photo of rjp217
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Well, well, well. Jacks Abby has come a long way. They have long been way too underrated and their new beer hall/restaurant has taken them to a new level. Everything about it is awesome. From the enormous selection, to the excellent food and service, to the comfy space. This is a spot I want to visit over and over again. Well done JA, top of the list for me for sure. Can't wait to be back.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Sabtos
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
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 cbutova
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

When I used to live in Worcester I visited both the old and new taproom several times; I wanna say probably 6-8 times in total between the two. As far as taprooms go in New England this is probably one of the best I have been to thus far. The area for tasting and samples was not exactly huge but enough to accommodate and I never felt cramped. They always seemingly had a one-off or several limited releases available for growler, sampling or to take home in bottles. Certainly one of the go-to beer destinations in MA as they brew some of the highest quality brew in the state (and it's all lagers!).

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Photo of ari32
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

The place is small, but welcoming. Apparently, it used to be smaller... I don't know how they fit more than 15 customers in there back then. The lone server behind the bar was very nice and quick to fulfill any orders. The selection is rather large for both draft and bottles. The quality is pretty good, but I'm not the biggest fan of lagers. Still, I can get behind these guys. I luckily showed up the day after the Cherry Berliner Braun release, so I got my fill of that. Damn good beer. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Just the friendliest staff I've met at a brewery to date. They greeted me, discussed what they had on tap and made suggestions, went over their bottle list, and gave me a brief history of their brewery. I didn't ask for any of it but since I came by myself to try out the brewery they were more then happy to talk.

One of the best barrel aged programs I've seen at a brewery, along with Allagash, and by far the premier lager brewery in the US. Fantastic selection of beers on tap and bottled. Pricing is moderate to high but I cannot complain.

They don't serve food.

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Photo of LeRose
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Rockjocknroll
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
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 hudsonvalleyslim
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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 millerbuffoon
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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 WunderLlama
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

On a side street In an industrial part of Framingham resides Jacks Abby. Busy but not too crowded. Remember to wear closed toe shoes if taking the tour. Jumped on a tour that had just started and saw the two bright tanks: Frank the Tank and Joes Nanny. Proceeded to barrel aging room. Proceeded quickly to the tasting room.

Some samples are free and some cost a little. Tried the Framingham lager, coca nut Framinghammer Baltic porter (awesome) , mass rising ( great) and hopnius union. Four tasting glasses served in a cool carrier. Copper plated ceiling and whiskey barrels round out the decor. Growler fill station was in constant service.

Great visit. Informal yet very informative tour. Great lagers. Joined the growler club and I plan on filling up my growler card.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I brought my brothers here over the weekend after a round of golf and they both loved it. I had been a few times before. We bought a round of Mass Rising and a couple pints of Jabby Brau. There is a steady flow of people coming and going, and while it's a small place, it never really felt crowded. No food, but plenty of different options and volumes for trying and bringing home their beer. Whether I'm stopping in for a quick visit or having a couple pints, I am always well-served here.

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Photo of rorjets
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -6.5%
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 JakerLou
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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 rorykanderson
4.63/5  rDev +4%
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 shehateme
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The amazing beers Jacks Abby is putting out together with the fact it's less than an hour ride from my house and I've never had to stand in line makes this one of my favorite places . The new tasting room is a good place to try a few beers before making your selection for growler fills . This is my go to brewery and I love the fact that i don't have to plan my whole day around a trip to get beer . They also do a good job keeping their website up to date with what's on tap and it seems like someone there is constantly logged into beeradvocate and they do a great job of answering questions on this site .

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
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 kculrich
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Mikeszab
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
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 20holmbrew
4.63/5  rDev +4%
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 wmtammickiii
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Try the Hopstitution series currently on #2 with #3 scheduled to come out on Wednesday, April 9th.

Battle of the Barrels 2014 edition was packed - The brewery was split into four teams that would compete for the best brew, given two barrels and $100 for ingrediants. The four brews were:

Glazed Over - Smoked Marzen aged with caramel, salt, and fenugreek

Chupaca Brau - Jabby Brau aged with tequila, thai chili peppers, galangal root, lemongrass, and agave nectar

Green Goose - Sunny Ridge aged cucumber, green tea, lemongrass, and gooseberries

Sunny & Tonic - Sunny Ridge aged with gin botanicals and quinine

Get there soon before they are gone!

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Photo of jujigatame
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Made my second visit in as many weeks today. Both were between 4-5pm on a weekday so there were just a handful of people there buying or tasting. The guys working at the counter were very friendly and willing to answer any questions I had about the beers.

The space is nice but almost all standing room with just 5 stools at the counter. Not an issue when I went but on a weekend I imagine it could get kind of tight.

All of the current choices are clearly laid out on a chalkboard with various pricing options for samples, glasses, growlers, etc. There was quite a range on tap. Light, dark, maltly, hoppy, strong, sessionable, well known flagships and new small batch creations. It shouldn't be a problem for you to find one (or several) that you like.

Jack's Abby is doing great things with lagers and I feel fortunate that they are close enough for me to drop in sample at the source. Sometime soon I would like to do the tour and see the actual brewing operations. If you find yourself in the area during open hours you really should stop by to taste what's happening.

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Photo of skinny_mcginley
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Great beer and a great tour. The taproom is a little small but does big things. Growler fills and whatever is on tap is always so good. Very knowedgable staff.

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