Fat Orange Cat Brewery Review | Connecticut Craft Trail
About a year ago, I went to Fat Orange Cat Brewery for the first time with a few friends who live in East Hampton. It was winter so we were all huddled in the crowded barn, but despite being a bit cold, I quickly warmed up when I tasted their beer – which was surprisingly unfiltered, smooth and juicy.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, at the edge of summer and fall, and I found that Fat Orange Cat’s grounds now offer a lot more than just their cozy barn (in addition to their great tasting beer).
From local vibes to rating the beer (and everything in between) here is my review on this East Hampton hang out spot:
Most of the time the parking lot in front of the barn can be stacked, so your best bet is to just park in the open lot across the street. There is usually a police officer there on the weekends to help direct traffic.
If you’re going to Fat Orange Cat on a nice day, don’t be surprised to see a lot of kids, a bunch of dogs and a few goats here and there.
There are plenty of variations of seating available – picnic tables, tree stumps, random seats or – if you planned ahead of time, plenty of grassy space to put your own chairs or a blanket.
I’ve never seen any food sold here, but more often than not, people will bring in their own snacks and things to eat. My favorite spot to stop before heading here is about 5 minutes away, called Po’s Rice and Spice. It’s pretty much my favorite Thai restaurant in the area – they have amazing weekend lunch deals. Drunken Noodles are my go-to.
This place is definitely a ‘hang out’ drinking spot, rather than an in-and-out joint.
If you’re here for a tasting, start by grabbing one of their tasting cups and take your time drinking through the menu (I believe it’s up to 5 beers per tasting charge). After that, feel free to buy a Crowler (a can version of a growler) or two and crack them open as you continue to enjoy the Fat Orange Cat grounds.
Fat Orange Cat IPA’s are the only way to go in my opinion. Unfiltered, creamy yellow, hoppy bite, great balance.
My favorite beers to look out for:
- Hop Secret
- Trust No One
- Hannah Banana
- The Machine
(Based on atmosphere and beer quality)
B – I really enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Fat Orange Cat Brewery, especially on a nice day. In the winter, the barn can get a little crowded, but it’s still very cozy and lends itself nicely to the overall aesthetic they are going for.
The beer is good, it may not the BEST in the area, but easily drinkable for those who are not super into hops, and if you are into hops they have a nice selection for you too!