Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 653
Beer Avg: 3.21
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Came in here today after doing a road trip with my girlfriend. Decided to go up and down the coast in Southern Maine. I knew Federal Jack's was in the Bunk, but never knew where exactly since I never go there. Found it easily enough with plenty of parking. We decided to stop by for a quick drink.
The location is very nice, right near the water where plenty of small vessels dock, on a sunny day you can't beat just looking out. Inside is very clean and organized, nice large windows for you to look out and there's a deck along the building to sit as well. Decent gift shop where you can buy Shipyard stuff and other assorted things, you can also see the brewing equipment through the windows.
The waiter was kind and quick, but for drinks on a non-busy Tuesday afternoon, I can't imagine it was too difficult.
Tap list is Shipyard centric (of course), a couple of them I wasn't aware of since they're not widely distributed in bottles or kegs.
While we didn't order any food, we did notice it was rather expensive (the beer on the other hand is fairly priced).
06-17-2009 02:07:56 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Excellent selection of ales made in the brewery just downstairs. A fun selection of music and games in the back room. Solid food selections that range from traditional pub fare to family friendly favorites to big ol' boiled lobsters.
The mussles are very good as is the lobster roll and you can't go wrong with the haddock sandwich. You can watch the Sawx on TV or just sit back and watch the boats go by on the river.
This is one of the best brewpubs on the Maine Coast. The styles are bit more varied than Gritty's, but the quality of brew is just below the guys from further up the coast.
02-15-2009 22:43:41 | More by Cavalier92
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Recentley stopped in too enjoy a smashing pumpkin (stout and pumpkin head) even then though the bartender couldnt layer it, still good. I love love the music on the weekends. Fooze ball and a few pool tables in the back make for some friendly competition. Atmosphere is real down to earth and it has a beautiful view of kennebunk port. Deffently a local favorite.
Food is pretty decent. Mussels in the brown ale is exceptional. But Their selection is good. They try to switch it up while keeping the local favorites.
11-24-2008 20:37:37 | More by cleeze
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place was sort of a nice surprise.
A bit off the beaten path, but worth finding.
I had a few Blue Fin Stouts, an order of steamed mussels and a nice bowl of lobster bisque. Nothing diappointed.
There is nice deck with a great view of the Kennebunk and very laid back and relaxing atmosphere. There is also a pool and game room in the back. the restraurant area is the more focal part of the inside, with the bar sort of out of the way. The outside probably sees the majority of the action during the summer months.
Parking was a bit of a pain, but besides that it was right on.
08-08-2008 14:18:46 | More by gixxerman
4.45/5 rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Federal Jack's- Kennebunkport
Drove up from York into Ogunquit and then into Kennebunkport. Easy to find right off Western Ave. (rte 9)
Drove around the back, parked, and walked up the stairs. Beautful interior all wood with plenty of tables looking out the windows at the boats and docks. Pool tables on the far right side of the bar. Service was friendly and quick, my Hummus sandwich and my wife's Mozzarella salad were very good. My 2 beers; Fuggles IPA and Taint Town were delicious. 2 meals and 2 beers were $30. If I'm in this area again this will be my goto spot.
Other beers on tap; Goat Island, Export, Taint Town, Brown, Old Thumper, Fuggles IPA, Bluefin, Longfellow, Prelude.
12-30-2007 00:39:14 | More by NJpadreFan
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Federal Jack's Brewpub makes for a great New England day trip, especially on a good weather day. It's dining room looks out over the Kennebunk river and has a great view. The menu is huge with diverse items and prices that range from the affordable to the expensive($24 lobster rolls). The beer is the real reason to go, and if all you ever get is a Blue Fin Stout on nitro you will still leave very happy. This sweet and roasty stout is made extra creamy by being served on a nitro tap. A very different experience from the bottled version which has a large bubble carbonation. My other favorites include the Fuggles IPA, Old Thumper, Export Ale and the new Royal IPA which is another great take on the style. Casks are tapped on a friday night so if you want it fresh that's when to get it, otherwise it will be flat and lifeless. Overall a really great place for food and drink.
09-14-2007 16:18:05 | More by mshallah
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Federal Jack's is a great place to go if you are visiting Kennebunk. I saw it in the Yankee Brew News list of brewpubs, and was very impressed when I first went there. You can sit the small inside area or on the covered deck. The deck has an great view of the harbor, so you can just kick back and watch the boats float by.
Not a huge selection.I enjoyed the Summer Solstice and the porter. The food is pretty good, too. The bar also seems to be one of the few in the area with cable, which is key if you want to catch the Sox.
05-18-2007 21:45:40 | More by cbreitro
4/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
It's summer in Kennebunkport and you want a good beer, where do you go? Well, you go to you're only choice, Federal Jack's. This place is located just before the bridge into town and it's location is awesome. Great waterviews of the Kennebunk River from the terrace. 2 bars in here, a big square shaped main and a smaller bar on the other side, mostly for use with the balcony/terrace. Gift shop downstairs, where you can pick up a whole mess of tourist stuff, a lot of Shipyard apparell, glassware, beer, etc. The beer selection is a range of the most popular Shipyard brews as well as some only found here. There's also a cask, but it's almost never good. This is the only place where I had cask beer that was flat and had zero head. Recently had Export ale on cask and it looked like iced tea. Enough people must've complained about the casks being too cold because they got that part right now. Anyway, if you like Shipyard brews at all you'll find something here. The Blue Fin Stout is always good. Food is ok, I think its just too busy here for the chefs to put a lot of attention into the food. I didn't think this place was that expensive like a lot of people say. You are in a tourist town here afterall. Bottom line is if you're in Kennebunkport this is a must stop and a younger crowd shows up later on weekends when all the families are done eating.
12-04-2006 19:17:23 | More by lehows
3.7/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The place is in a kind of strip mall, but upstairs and overlooking the harbor. It's bright, clean, and the view is wonderful. There's seating at tables, as well as in the bar area. Nice U-shaped bar. A pool table behind the bar and plenty of TVs. There were 10 beers on tap, as well as a cask-conditioned beer. Growlers were available.
The beers are OK, not great. My wife had a Pumpkinhead, which she liked. I had a Taint Town Ale (cask), which was fair, and the Longfellow Winter, which was a lot better. One of my favorite beers, Prelude< won't be out until December.
Service was quick and efficient, without being obtrusive.
We had a couple sandwiches, which were good but a little pricey. Dinner entrees looked to be a lot more expensive.
This was a great place to enjoy some beer on a sunny day.
11-19-2006 13:58:44 | More by lordofthewiens
3.43/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
This place gets top notch credit for atmosphere. Though it sits in the back of some fake strip mall, the view looking over the harbor and boats is worth a stroll.
Service was a bit slow. We first checked out the bar, and the tender was slow and/or rude. Never got a drink before the table was ready. Wasn't sure if he didn't know what he was doing or was ignoring us for some reason. The waitress we had was just about average in every way.
Beers were okay. As with a lot of the Maine brews, seemed to be Ringwooded. Sessionable and nice to enjoy on the warm afternoon. Nice to stop by, but enjoy food somewhere else in prissyville before stopping off for a drink at sunset.
08-17-2006 12:50:14 | More by Dithyramb
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Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub in Kennebunk, ME
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