A brewery, like the beach, is a relaxing oasis that allows tired travelers to bask in golden hues, frolic in frothy spumes, and get in splash fights with siblings. Savor sudsy fun with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of pub fare and hand-crafted ales at Federal Jack's in Kennebunk.
Snagging its name from one of the schooners built in Kennebunk's adjacent 19th-century shipyards, Federal Jack's makes its own mark by pairing creative pub fare with flavorful ales brewed in-house. Taste buds set sail on their own toothsome odyssey with an appetizer of fried calamari ($8.95) and house favorites such as the Fiery Volcano burger, whose fearsome flow of hellfire relish is capped with a ground beef, turkey, or veggie burger and a sunny-side-up egg ($9.95). Smooth seas await restricted dieters—including vegetarians, gluten-avoiders, and the sugar-suspicious—with several modifiable options and menu staples, such as the hummus sandwich ($7.95) and the spinach, ricotta, and red-pepper-layered eggplant milanese ($13.95). Diners can quickly win a stare-down or guess the poker hand of the hot open-faced turkey, an autumnal treat served atop stuffing bread and dressed with cranberry sauce ($9.95).
Boasting its own seven-barrel brewery, Federal Jack's septuplet of hand-crafted ales tastily complement the wholesome grub and panoramic views of the Kennebunk River. The pub marks the birthplace of Shipyard, a shy, golden ale that subtly hints at its sweetness. Locals fawn, swoon, and make comically outlandish tetherball bets over the Taint Town pale ale, a classic British bitter. Beer connoisseurs and recipe-swindling brew tycoons can sign up for one of the brewery's free tours.