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
www.federaljacks.com

Notes:
Home of Kennebunkport Brewing Company.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
15
Reviews:
541
Ratings:
1,174
PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
54
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 54
Reviews by mrpunan:
Photo of mrpunan
2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

As a restaurant, this is a decent tourist trap, family friendly with a great view of the harbor. But of course i went for the beer. Yuck. I had a Shipyard Fuggles IPA and the Tain Town Pale Ale. Both we almost flat (and i didn't even order the IPA from the cask, which was available), with nearly imperceptible hops and a too sweet maltiness; they both tasted almost the same. Not impressive at all, not worth returning IMO. I am a hops lover so that is key for me. There was a seasonal called Royal IPA which perhaps i should have tried, maybe it would have been better, but after two duds i just left. My artichoke dip was middle of the road touron fare. I guess if you are a BA and you must eat in Kbunk, it might still be worth a shot, but don't go expecting real brew pub quality. The beers seemed no fresher than any keg anywhere else, certainly not the way you would expect when it was brewed downstairs. Maybe it's just BS? Probably brewed in Portland at Shipyard's huge plant. Pass.

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More User Reviews:
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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Photo of morebeergood
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

My wife and I had drinks here on the first night (Sat) of our long weekend in Kennebunkport. It was nighttime, but the bar is on the second floor, and I can imagine the view must be pretty nice on a clear day. Inside, it's pretty generic looking. Very plain colors, no real decorations. Televisions scattered about for sports, and pool tables off in their own room. We grabbed two seats at the bar. There were 10 beers on tap, plus a cask. We had a few rounds, and I founds the beers to be average, on par for Shipyard. I had the pale ale on cask, then the stout, and finished with the brown (on sale). My wife tried the sunfish wheat, which was oddly fruity. The pale and the stout were OK, but the brown was watery. Service was fine, as it was busy but our waiter got to us when we could. Prices were cheap, $4 pints and $3 for the brown. There was supposed to be a live band at 10pm, but we overheard the drummer at 10:30 say they could not set up until some diners moved from their tables. We took off before the music started.

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Photo of Chincino
4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I visited Federal Jack's Brewpub in Kennebunk, Maine in the summer which was a great time to visit because we were able to take advantage of the outdoor seating and sit outside overlooking the water of the harbor. The atmosphere was very relaxing and we had a beautiful view from our table. The inside provided a good atmosphere with extensive seating, a decent-sized bar, and lots of paraphenalia to look at while you wait for a beer.

The food was typical brewpub fare with seafood options as well. The food was moderately priced and was pretty good. The service was good despite the place being busy.

The beer selection was decent with a few shipyard beers on tap and some of the KBC's original brews as well. We split a sampler and were able to try 10 or so beer samples.

It was a nice spot to stop for lunch and enjoy beer on a summer day in Maine.

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Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub in Kennebunk, ME
3.17 out of 5 based on 1,174 ratings.
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