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Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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3.17/5
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew PubFederal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

8 Western Ave
Kennebunk, Maine, 04043-7756
United States

(207) 967-4322 | map
federaljacks.com

Notes:
Home of Kennebunkport Brewing Company.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
15
Reviews:
543
Ratings:
1,190
PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
55
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Photo of Todd
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A lunch stop with some fellow BeerAdvocate.com'ers before the Maine fest ...

Atmosphere was a bit bright, ultra-clean and geared toward an older / family crowd. View of the water was pretty damn cool. Service was good, but lacked any real beer knowledge.

Beer selection was good, seemed to have about 8 on-tap, all of which were served way too cold, including the cask which was conditioned in a normal keg (so it wasn't really a cask beer). Still, the beer was pretty tasty and fresh.

Food was okay. Loved the steamed clams, but the clam chowder had pratically no meat (more like a potato chowder). Haddock sandwich was medicore, not all that fresh and was served with too much bread.

Brewing system was on the ground floor, but closed off. Got a glimpse at the old-school Grundy tanks, which looked like lunar landing vehicles. Nice!

Federal Jack's is a bit off the beaten path ... but the birth place of Shipyard beers is worth a visit. Good place to have lunch, perhaps, but not a place that I'd hang out drinking in.

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Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Not a bad little stop if you are on your way to Portland, fresh tasting beers. The Bluefin was top notch though the cask was not even a cask beer as I did not even see a proper beer engine and the cask porter tasted a bit green and was served way too cold.

The food was sadly just ok, steamed mussels were the best but the clam chowder and haddock sandwich could have used some work. Other than that it is certainly worth a visit for a couple of pints.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Burt
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of SweetChicken
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of MaxOhle
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.94/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of ScottP
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of aknalley
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Hoppy-boy12
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I have been there twice. Beer is excellent, food is great the service is top notch!

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Photo of Cdowd10
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Royal2000H
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of Reds76
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Great bar food, nice atmosphere. Not a huge fan of shipyard beer but it is decent - particularly like the Prelude beer if you are there in November/December. Overall really solid experience.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Pwbres
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of CAMay
4/5  rDev +5.5%

I've been here several times over the last 20 years. The location is fabulous and I have never been disappointed by the food. The beer is good, but not great.

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Photo of JGLittle
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RKing44
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of ERGrady
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Jodi215
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5

We stopped for lunch while touring the Maine coast. Loved the location and view. The atmosphere is beachtown nice. Comfortable with a great view of the harbor. Quality was good but not great. Service was friendly but reserved and reasonably fast. Selection wasn't very good but the beer my husband tried he liked. It was Shipyard's Fuggles IPA. The flavor was very good but he doesn't find the piney or citrus flavors in the eastern IPA's. I had the pulled pork which was tasty but tough so I wouldn't recommend it. Hubby had the chowder which he said was great. Price on beer was reasonable but I thought the food was a little pricy for what we got. Probably wouldn't go back.

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Photo of coombski
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

I have been her many times before, I am just now deciding to review it. It is a small brew pub, not a lot of seating. It is located on the second floor with a nice view overlooking Kennebunk Harbor. It has the atmosphere of a typical New England seafood place. Food was very good, serving high quality items and they suggest pairings with their beers, but a limited menu. Beer selection was ok for a brew pub, they were out of a couple of the beers on tap when I was their, seems odd even in an off season for a brewery to run out of its own beers. Not a bad place if you are in the area to go check out, but be prepared to spend some money there.

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Photo of TheRealPour
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of AJ01923
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Make it a point to stop by Federal Jacks every time I'm around the area or travel between Kittery/Portland/Freeport. Excellent menu, atmosphere and views. Great spot year round, one of my personal favorites. Nice gift shop to stop through and grab a few souvenirs and fresh growler. I just wish they offered solstice ale for a longer duration.

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Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub in Kennebunk, ME
3.17 out of 5 based on 1,190 ratings.
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