Fat Orange Cat, East Hampton CT

Discussion in 'New England' started by mjco04, May 23, 2017.

  1. mjco04

    mjco04 Initiate (177) 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 (111) 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 (177) 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 (111) May 15, 2017 Connecticut

    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 (177) 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 Disciple (330) Jul 21, 2014 Connecticut
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    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 (177) 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.
     
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