Fat Orange Cat, East Hampton CT

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  1. mjco04

    mjco04 Initiate (183) May 30, 2013 Connecticut
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    Starting this thread to keep everyone up to date with the happenings at one of my favorite CT breweries!
     
  2. HankSchrader

    HankSchrader Initiate (42) Dec 20, 2016 Connecticut

    I saw they announced they will be doing 4 pack and crowler sales on Sundays now. This place is quickly outgrowing their backyard-barn brewery.
     
  3. mjco04

    mjco04 Initiate (183) May 30, 2013 Connecticut
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    Yeah I am planning to hopefully visit more often before they totally blow up.
     
  4. MattKozaka

    MattKozaka Initiate (0) May 15, 2017 Connecticut
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    Made my first visit on Saturday. Got there about 5 minutes before open and was about 20th in line. About half went directly to can sales as did I. Husband and wife were running that operation; very efficient and friendly. Few minutes at that station followed by about 5 more minutes getting custom crowlers. Place is tight but cool vibe - reminds me of Funky Bow in Maine if anyone is familiar. Families with young kids (under 8) having picnics; goats to feed/pet; neighbors helping out the owners. Very communal.
    Anyway, the beers:
    Grabbed two 4 packs of Severe Tire Damage and crowlers of Breakfast in Bed, Hannah Banana and The Frog.
    All very good beers, 3.75 - 4.25.
    Banana was the star - right on in vein of NEIPA. Followed by the cans of Severe Tire Damage. Pricey at $15 per 4 pack but am comfortable comparing to Two Juicy. The Frog is all Mosaic but seemed heavier on sweet malt vs typical papaya/tangerine of the hops. Lacked the bitterness of a Captain's Daughter. The stout was tame as well; coffee was minimal although maple came out little stronger on second glass. Seemed to be just a very (very) sweet milk stout. Which is fine for the style, just expected more coffee as advertised. Crowlers a little pricey as well, $12 for 32 ounces.
    Will definitely revisit. Easy excuse for a family excursion and solid hoppy beers. Need to try the Jalapeno Cream next time.
     
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  5. mjco04

    mjco04 Initiate (183) May 30, 2013 Connecticut
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    I would love to try the Hannah Banana! So far to me it's been Take No Prisoners being the star. But since I can't there as often as I can it's hard to keep up with new releases.
     
  6. Onemoresolo

    Onemoresolo Aspirant (282) Jul 21, 2014 Connecticut

    July thread bump!

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    I stopped here last week after leaving Fox Farm and was quite impressed. The renovated barn was adorable, and the beer was mighty tasty. I left with a 4pk of Launch, which definitely improved after a couple of days in my fridge, and this crowler of Ella, opened about a week after canning. The flavors in Ella are a bit more dense and complex than Launch, and the beer is showing much better than the sample pour indicated @ the brewery.

    Going on a Sunday felt like going to a weird tag sale, but the place is adorable and the beer is tasty. I'd highly recommend going, and will definitely be back.

    Edit: Oh, and for what it's worth, Jalapeno Jack was my first exposure to FOC. It's brilliant in its execution: all jalapeno flavor without any significant heat. Very unique and flavorful beer. Crowlers @ the brewery today too, if anyone's looking for it.
     
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  7. mjco04

    mjco04 Initiate (183) May 30, 2013 Connecticut
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    I went this Saturday too (second time). Got 4k of Launch and Severe but to me the highlight was Solstice DIPA. That beer was so good. The Maple Stout could use a bit of tinkering to make the mouthfeel a bit thicker but also was good.
     
  8. Onemoresolo

    Onemoresolo Aspirant (282) Jul 21, 2014 Connecticut

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    Fat Orange Cat & dumb grey cat :wink:

    They were cleaned out of crowlers yesterday, but they have a solid amount of Launch and Severe Tire Damage 4pks available, if anyone is planning on heading that way today.
     
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  9. PenningtonNY10

    PenningtonNY10 Initiate (170) Nov 20, 2009 Connecticut

    Awesome cat :slight_smile:

    I need to visit soon!
     
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  10. BababooeyHTJ

    BababooeyHTJ Initiate (85) Mar 3, 2016 Connecticut

    Looks like FOC is closed until April and planning an expansion. Hopefully they'll distribute in the meantime. I've finally gotten to try a few of those beers recently and am pretty impressed.

    Also just picked up a couple of crowlers of their new imperial stout and lactose IPA. Can't wait to crack those.
     
  11. PicoPapa

    PicoPapa Poo-Bah (2,784) Mar 6, 2009 Connecticut
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    They are closed for the season but they still have crowlers for sale at the Niantic Farmer’s Market at Smith Acres on Sundays.
     
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  12. CTHopman

    CTHopman Initiate (159) Jul 22, 2016 Connecticut

    Since they got picked up by 12 Percent, I would assume distro will increase tremendously. Although the brewery proper is closed until April, I can't imagine that the brewery operations will shut down.
     
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  13. BababooeyHTJ

    BababooeyHTJ Initiate (85) Mar 3, 2016 Connecticut

    Nice going to have to keep an eye out. I thought that sweet Jane 4 was fantastic. Wasn't at all sure what to expect with that one since I've never had the style. I need to try more from these guys.

    Sleeping in is good to but definitely has some room for improvement. Like the first batch of new park rwanda there is no coffee flavor, only adds bitterness. Unlike breakfast in bed I'm not getting much maple flavor. Still it's a very good stout that could be great.

    Any word on how much they plan on increasing production?
     
  14. Onemoresolo

    Onemoresolo Aspirant (282) Jul 21, 2014 Connecticut

    Distribution is still going strong; a batch of crowlers went out last week (or was it the week before?) to approximately five stores, and more are slated to go out this week, along with Severe Tire Damage 4pks.

    I would hope that, if they're working under the 12% Imports umbrella, they would get some contract-brewing deals over at Dorchester and/or Two Roads like ET/Omnipollo/Stillwater/etc so they can send out more variety and volume.
     
  15. LoganB

    LoganB Initiate (29) Jun 10, 2016 Connecticut

    First batch of Someone In My Head with 12% is going straight to New York accounts. They have a few batches left at shebeen as well that we"ll be seeing.
     
  16. IGaveYouPower

    IGaveYouPower Initiate (186) Dec 2, 2010 New York


    By 'New York accounts,' is that city only? Albany/Capital Region gets 98% of what NYC does so I'm hoping it ends up here too.
     
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