The Birthplace of Shipyard

Kennebunkport Brewing Company is the birthplace of Shipyard Brewing Company’s award winning-line of handcrafted ales. In 1992, entrepreneur Fred Forsley and master brewer Alan Pugsley established the Kennebunkport Brewing Company (KBC) and Federal Jack’s. Word of our fine ales spread quickly throughout Maine. Demand quickly outpaced our size, and, in 1994, Shipyard Brewing Company Shipyard Brewing Company was built in Portland, Maine. 

Our Story

The Kennebunkport Brewing Company is a classic English-Style brewery. All of the ales served here at Federal Jack’s are brewed on-site daily, with each 7-barrel batch yielding 217 gallons of brewery fresh, local ale.

Kennebunkport Brewing Company was built on the site where Kennebunk’s historic 19th century shipyards built schooners known throughout the world. One of the most famous ships built here on the Kennebunk River was the “Federal Jack.”

The original line-up included Goat Island Light, The Shipyard Export Ale, ‘Taint Town Pale, and Bluefin Stout…all of which are still brewed on site today! We still brew these classic recipes, while continually striving to add new and creative offerings to our draft list.

You can take it with you…!

Located downstairs, right next to the brewery, the KBC Shipyard Store is the only place you can get KBC Beers to take  home. We fill ½-gallon growlers directly from our serving tanks, featuring our year ‘round lineup and a rotating selection of our current seasonal ales.

Ready to share at home…? 

We also offer our fresh draft ales for home kegerators and backyard gatherings.  Call ahead, or stop in, to place an order for ½, ¼, or barrel kegs.  (Advance orders are encouraged so that we can ensure adequate inventory of both kegs and beer!)   

Come see how we brew it! 
We offer free brewery tours every hour on the hour.                         11AM-5PM. Seven days a week. 

Be sure to stop downstairs and check out all the Federal Jack’s gear and great brews at our KBC Shipyard Store. This unique gift store offers bottled beer, growlers, and kegs; Maine-made Capt’n Eli’s Soda; wearables; pint glasses; gourmet foods; children’s toys and books; homemade fudge and nautical gifts. 

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Contact Us

(207) 967-4322


8 Western Avenue 

Kennebunk, ME 04043