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Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 647
Beer Avg: 3.21
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
8 Western Ave
phone: (207) 967-4322
Home of Kennebunkport Brewing Company.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 34 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
bar upstairs. gift shoppe downstairs (ground level).
pub like surroundings. bar. tables. pool room in back. but the bartender is wearing a tie. oddly unsettling.
shipyard quality ales. some casks even.
service was good when they could be found.
i had brunch when i went and it was some good stuff. banana french toast which turned out to be french toast made with banana bread. tasty but didn't go too well with my cask longfellow.
(1/5/04) re-reviewing so this rates where i think it should against other brewpubs. have a nice day.
07-25-2003 02:26:14 |
More by bennybrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
11-18-2010 12:24:28 |
More by Chincino
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
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.
11-04-2002 07:11:36 |
More by Todd
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I visited Federal Jack's twice this summer on two different camping trips. The location is great. It is tucked away in a little cove right on the water. My girlfriend likes it for the atmosphere but I go for the beer. The seasonal selection was been great both times. From their standards, I prefer the stout. It looked like they had a mug club that used beautiful ceramic mugs.
The food was above average but not amazing. This is a place that I will go out of my way to visit.
11-07-2002 03:34:59 |
More by CharlesRiver
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Went here this week with David. Lots of different rooms, we sat at one of the upstairs bars (the other one upstairs seems to be where the mug-club is). Service was prompt, and friendly. Ales is it here. I did notice that thay do have some bottles, of which I only saw a non-alcoholic one go out to a table. We tried the cask Fuggles, the Old Thumper, the Taint town Pale, and the Stout (separately reviewed). Beers were a bit butterscotchy, but to be fair, they were easy to drink. They had a few more seasonal wheat beers on as well. The food was only ok, the clam chowder was kinda salty, lets just say I've had much better. Our caesar chicken wraps were ok.
07-02-2005 16:13:34 |
More by PatandDavid
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Great place, great location, uneducated crowd. What kind of brewpub serves Bud? Here's your answer. Playing pool here, I was shocked to see more bud bottles then pints. Do not be fooled .... this is a pickup bar. The beer on tap is outstanding, but most people come here to party and meet the opposite sex. I have been going here for years. The front part is a family dining area during the day, particullarly in the summer. But at night, voila! The food is standard pub food. Come and enjoy the beer, but keep in mind the atmosphere.
09-26-2002 11:53:08 |
More by bewareOFpenguin
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I decided to check out the Kennebunkport/Kennebunk area for our anniversary and were led here.
A/Q: On an early Wednesday afternoon before tourist season, this low-key looking restaurant and bar had a decent atmosphere inside. I know it was early in the day, but everything was extremely clean. It looked like they were working on the patio (but no worries, it didn't bother me). There were a fair amount of tv's scatttered throughout most of the bar area.
S: The service was really good but then again, there was barely anyone in the restaurant when me and my wife were there.
S/F/V: The selection on the menu was pretty good as I had a hard time deciding what I wanted. I had a Goat Island and the Taint Town Pale, and were extremely satisfied with both. My green chili burger was excellent. The value seemed reasonable. Overall, I'd go back, and get my growlers re-filled.
05-31-2012 00:21:22 |
More by kangarooAdam59
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub in Kennebunk, ME
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