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3.92/5
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162 Beers
9,570 Ratings
Place Score: 98
Ratings: 187
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: 34
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

24581 Lorain Rd.
North Olmsted, Ohio, 44070
United States
phone: (440) 801-1001

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Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 65
Photo of Naugled
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A large and well run establishment with a great line up of their own beers as well as guest beers. You can't go wrong with a visit here

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.75/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The biggest let down was waiting an hour and a half to get a table. But, that worked out for the better as we spent the whole time eating kick ass pierogis, drinking kick ass beer, and playing miniature bowling. Ill admit my gf beat me 3 out of 4 games. Guess good beer doesn't equal good bowling. But all in all, a GREAT place.

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is the real deal. Got a sweet tour of the brewery and was gifted with some under and over poured bottles on the house. I bought some sweet merch and a growler of hop juju. What a bunch of awesome people they have at Fat Head's!

Photo of raeman70
3.88/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Great food, great selection of beers on tap

Photo of saemick
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

More of a resturan then the brewery itself, but still has a great tap list and everything on the menu is delicious. Wish they'd build one closer to where I live.

Photo of MANix73
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Great food, great beer & great ambience. This is a good place to go for the game, go for lunch, dinner or just because. Large selection of Fat Heads brews & they fill growlers.

Photo of Bradaplast
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Great food, atmosphere, and beer!

Photo of Alextricity
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

--My Yelp review.--

Being a huge fan of craft beer and always looking for something new, I knew I'd be an absolute dumb ass for going to Cleveland to see the Tigers beat the Indians without stopping in North Olmsted to eat and drink at Fat Heads.

At around 4pm on a Saturday, the place was pretty packed. We walked through the place to be escorted back outside where our table was. The place has a great aesthetic and is surprisingly big, but would it hurt to have a little more lighting? It was almost like a theater in there. Regardless, I'd love to revisit and stay inside... just not when the weather is so perfect outside.

I wound up getting a sample of five beers (you can pick as many as you want, and the Cuyahoga burger. We also split the Bavarian pretzels and the Frickles. The Frickles were well received as the breading wasn't a soggy mess like at some places, and the Sriracha dipping sauce was great. The Bavarian pretzels are also really good, but some didn't care for the spicy honey mustard dipping sauce -- wimps! It tasted great and had a nice heaty kick to it. As for the beer (I mean, it IS a brewery...), I got Prohibition Pauly Porter with Coffee, Goggle Fogger, Trail Head, Angels for ALS IPA, and Bumbleberry. No, I didn't get their critically acclaimed Head Hunter IPA because I bought a four-pack to bring home and enjoy. As I figured, all the beers were good or better. I'm not usually huge on fruity beers, but the Bumbleberry is the perfect fruity Summer beer.

The food came out surprisingly fast despite how busy the place was, so the guys and girls in the kitchen know what the hell they're doing. I got my burger cooked medium and that's just how it came out. As for the thing as a whole, I've had better burgers, but the value of the thing is ridiculous, and it's still a really enjoyable one. There's a good portion of pork, spicy BBQ sauce, and jalapenos. Really, I like really spicy food, and this made my nose run a little bit. I wasn't expecting it. Messy, but not too messy -- the buns they use really help with that.

I'd be a fat, fat person if I lived in the area. The menu is loaded with options that basically all sound fantastic, and the portions are absolutely huge... I was one of two at the table to finish our order, and I wasn't exactly comfortable after finishing it either. There are a bunch of items on the menu that I'd like to try next time I'm anywhere around Cleveland.

Photo of kjb32812
4.75/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is a great craft beer place. I have also heard that the food is very good but have not tried it yet. Fat Heads is a stand alone building with a really, really cool atmosphere. They have branded it well and make it seem like a unique experience. The beer selection is phenomenal and the service is good as well. Highly recommend.

Photo of GJ40
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I stopped in with a coworker before heading to the airport to fly home. I'd had their Head Hunter at a bar and wanted to check them out.

What a fantastic atmosphere! The space is huge but every inch is authentic and comfortable. The decor is fantastic. I love their logos. I think it's a great celebration of all of us with fat heads.

The beer lineup was pretty extensive with quite a few of their own and several guests. I went with an IBUsive (fantastic) and a Hippy Sippy IS (good). The menu is huge and so hard to narrow down but I went with the Cuban Burger. Between the burger and fries, the plate was huge. The roll and toppings of the burger were outstanding but unfortunately the burger was overcooked and somewhat dry. But overall I enjoyed the meal.

I can't wait to get back for another visit!

Photo of SpartyJoe
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Fat Heads makes some outstanding beer. They have a top-notch selection of their own beers and guest taps. The guest taps typically include some rare stuff. The food is great - huge sandwiches, wings, etc. My only beef is that it is always crazy-busy. Hopefully now that they have opened a separate tasting room, the wait times will be shorter.

Photo of cestlavie
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My buddies and I were super excited to hit this spot on our way back from a road trip to Chicago. We are big fans of their beers- have gotten to try Head Hunter, Hop Juju, Trail Head Pale and others at GABF, and were enamored with the marketing and quality of liquid.
We ordered pretty much everything on the menu (beer wise), and flights were pretty well priced. $1.50-2.50 per sample, with some amazing and high ABV beers in there. Our favorites were: Hop Head, Centennial Wheat (hoppy wheat- almost an IPA), Trail Head Pale (amazing! should be classified as an IPA...), Duke of Lager (Marzen- amazing), Starlight Lager (Helles, and goddamn these guys can make a lager...), Pimp My Sleigh (Strong Dark Belgian, 9+%), and Goggle Fogger Hefe (I was a big fan, buddies weren't; pure bubblegum).
We ended up buying a case of Head Hunter to go, as well as a couple sixers of Holly Jolly Christmas ale, which was a nicely done Winter Warmer. We are big fans of the beer here, but similar to our trip to Willoughby, if you didn't sit at the bar, it seemed like more of a family restaurant rather than a Brewpub. It could pass for a John Harvard's, except with WAY better beer, and better selection. Overall, a much better experience than Willoughby, although I wish they had Hop Juju on tap... but Trail Head Pale totally made up for it. Kicking myself for not grabbing a growler of this or Starlight Lager, but fresh Head Hunter should do the trick!

Photo of guityler83
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

On a trip to Cedar Point with the girlfriend we made a point to stop in OH to visit Great Lakes and Fat Head's (neither disappointed). Fat Head's was second on the agenda and it was about 9:30pm by the time we arrived and were able to get in right away and sit down for a couple beers.

The waitress brought over a menu, but we weren't to interested in food having just come from GLBC so we grabbed the lengthy beer menu and took our time. I saw two wet hopped beers ('tis the season!) so grabbed a Hopportunity Knocks, while the lady went with a Spooky Tooth Pumpkin Ale. The Hopportunity rived some of the best IPAs I've ever had and would compare it to a wet hopped version of Zombie Dust with more and rounder bitterness. amazing. Spooky Tooth was good in small doses, lots of pumpkin flavor but not the overly spicy, cinnamon, all spice bomb like some pumpkin beers can be.

Our waitress came several times to check how we were doing and made sure we were never left dry. I ended up getting 2 4-packs of the Head Hunter IPA to take home and will defiantly make it back here in the future.

Photo of KJ2013
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This is among the best craft beer places you will ever find. Can't say anything bad about this place. Great selection of food and beer which can be a tough combination to come across. Great selection of craft beer and the beer they brew themselves is as good as anything else out there.

Photo of SudsTerkel
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was excited to get to FH's because I had sampled their work @ GABF and met several of their brewers there. Suffice to say that anything these guys put out is eminently drinkable. I had to have the Head Hunter IPA, which is both grand and glorious, followed by a very hoppy Pilsener [in my mind, the salvation of the style] and a superb Porter. Their place is very busy and if you need some quiet, get one of the tables in the back, away from the bar. The menu has got something for every palate and be forwarned: the portions are generous. Service was friendly, prompt and efficient. As Ahhnold used to say, "I'll be back....!"

Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If you ever find yourself in North Olmsted, OH (outside of Cleveland), then you absolutely need to do yourself the favor of visiting Fat Head's. Delicious beer, wonderful atmosphere and an immensely hospitable staff. Undoubtedly, one of my favorite brewpubs/breweries/restaurants in the country...did I mention they brew the award winning Headhunter IPA? Fantastic!

Photo of nlmartin
3.58/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Fat Head was sort of a mixed experience. My wife and I found the bar to be very comfortable once seated and a couple drinks in hand. Its a family place where people go to get hammered. Sampled a lot of Fat Heads beers. The house beers ranged from a chore to drink, cant remember that beers name but it was the India Imperial Barley wine (Hop Thunder?). Other beers IBUsive and Up in Smoke gave me an excellent beer drinking experience. The service was spot on once you got a seat. Getting a seat could be a bit of a pain. The beers available covered a wide array of styles. Guest taps available generally seemed to be excellent, Doom, Enjoy By ---, Breakfast Stout and the like. Not a bad beer drinking experience. The food left a lot to be desired. The food came in a couple flavors bland, burnt and unacceptable! I wasn't that hammered that substandard food could be passed off. Have some drinks and go eat else where.

Photo of HopsandVines
4.98/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great brewpub. The food is killer and the staff is tons of fun. They offer 12 or so of their own beers on tap but still have a bunch of other craft beers on tap.

Can't wait to go back when the next selection of beer is on tap. Favorite beers from last night were the Head Hunter and the Sorcerer.

Photo of conversekid
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Just finished up a tour of all the Breweries in Cleveland and Fat Heads was easily the best in the area. The beer, food and service was tremendous. The building was very clean with lots of room for gathering. Some of the best beer in Ohio with a very big selection. Could very well be the best and nicest in the state.

Photo of Liberty733
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Excellent food, with an outstanding menu (and HUGE portions, which make it worth the money). They have an excellent and diverse beer menu...In my opinion, this is, bar none, the best brewery in northern Ohio, if not the whole Great Lakes region. I live near Cleveland, Ohio, but I've been to many breweries in Ohio, some in Illinois, Some in NY, and some in Ontario. So far, this is my favorite brewery in the U.S. I first fell in love with beer in Austria and Germany in 2007, with their Hefe Weissbiers...in 5 years, I have never tasted a Weizen Bier as close to a TRUE Bavarian Hefeweizen in the U.S. except at Fat Head's, with their "Goggle Fogger", and "Alpenglow" biers. THE BEST Weizen biers in the U.S. that I've tried...Give them a try! ....cheers! :-)

Photo of ZRT
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great place for excellent beer and food. The huge selection of food is reasonabley priced, and tastes paired very well with the beer. Head Hunter is just amazing on tap!!! You cannot leave hungry with the man-size portions, or sober with the great selection of taps. The best part is my wife even enjoys coming here, always good to have a DD.

Photo of Browns149
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I love this place. Great beer and very very good food. I live within 5 minutes so I frequent often. The beer selection is OUTSTANDING. Plus they have growlers for take home beer. Not too expensive for such quality products. I would highly recommend stoping by.

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This was an unexpected stop on my way out to WI. I met a guy named Mike at the Brew Kettle who informed me that I needed to check this place out. So we went. Got there and grabbed a seat, ordered a flight of the first 8 beers on their menu and started tossing them back. The atmosphere was a little on the loud side but it's a bar so whatever really. The service was helpful and willing to talk with everyone. The selection was really extensive with many styles of beer to choose from. The food was also really good and the portions are MASSIVE! The value wasn't too bad I didn't think. I actually forget how much I spent there... Either way, I was glad I got to see the place and try a bunch of their beers. I would hit this place up again.

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Fatheads is a beer and food lovers heaven. Fathead's is always busy and has a great buzz there especially during special events. Their beers, guest selections, menu options and service staff all make for visits that will have you coming back for more. The portions of food are gigantic and you will likely need a doggie bag at the end of your meal. Be sure to try their Smokehouse Wings and Headwiches. Fat Head's notable beers which have won several medals include the hopped up Head Hunter IPA, Battle Axe Baltic Porter and Belgian Strong Dark Ale Sorcerer. Fat Heads bar has 2 rotating casks and the only "big" American brew they sell is Miller Lite. Also, they have occasional large format bottle specials, to include stuff from Three Floyds and The Bruery to name a few. In terms of value, the food is reasonable and is always a lot so come hungry. You will spend a little more on beers house and guests beers here but the quality and selection is worth a few extra $$. Overall, Fat Head's delivers exceptional beers, tasty grub, and is a great space for large parties (including a game room equipped with a bowling machine, pool tables and flat-screen TVs for all your sports entertainment)...its a place with A LOT of regulars and a must visit stop if you're a beer (and food) fanatic visiting the Cleveland area.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Look folks, this maybe the best brewpub I've been to. I can't recall any that I enjoyed more. This was definitely the best suited for my rambunctious family. The kids are loud but so was the bustling conversation and lively atmosphere, I don't recall alot of big screens jumping out and ruining the socialization this place has, but there may have been a few near the bar. When we pulled up on the outside of the building on the corner of Lorain where it's located, I realized this place is booming. It's become a center of culture for this area, full packed parking lot hard to find a spot and it's pretty massive. Big Fathead's logos on both the buildings and the grain silo outside. Brewing equipment visible right as you walk in let's you know this place is making the beer, front area has the hostess with a gift shop right behind it I got my black military style cap with the Headhunter IPA log embroidered. Big wooden tables, benches, booths, long bar stretches across the whole front side of the house on the left with seating to my right. Mug club mugs proudly centered behind the main bar area, with guest taps up first with chalkboard art telling me what's flowing. Bathroom area still decorated with pictures from around the world where patrons sporting their Fat Head's gear are representing proud. As you pass the bar, dining area pops up this place was packed, no wait so it's evidently large enough to support the crowd. Selection was awesome, website is updated regularly to see what's pouring.

No Headhunter flowing but I'm kind of spoiled, I get it on tap in the Burgh pretty frequently. My standouts were Vienna Lager, Goggle Fogger hefe, Sunshine Daydreamer IPA, and the Imperial Oatmeal Stout other options flowing were Bumbleberry, Boogaloo Blonde, TBA, Rocket Man Red which they were pouring on cask, Alpenglow Weizenbock, Sorcerer dark Belgian style ale. I don't even see the need for the guest taps when you're pouring this kind of variety, but I name some of the highlights on the guest taps, London Pride, JP Bam Biere, Goose Island Sofie, and Two Brothers Dog Days Dortmunder.

Food was fantastic, I had the Pastrami/Italian sausage headwich, my wife had the Cheesesteak, huge portions with tasty house chips, kids shared some wings, fried pierogies, and a cheeseburger and fries. Look nothing gourmet about the food just barebones delicious pubfare, and they do it well especially with the smokehouse grilled wings.

Service at the tables were dead on, young friendly busy but attentive waitress gave us wonderful service and put up with the kids (who were all worn out from a day at the waterpark).

On the way out in the parking lot I ran into Matt Cole, let him know that I'm a Fat Head's fanatic from the Burgh, and that this place was Grade A. He was carrying a few plaques for the Pittsburgh location, with GABF, and Wold Beer Cup medals. Stand up dude, great brewer, gotta love the fact that they all had the vision to make this brewpub, and a production brewery...big things in store for Fat Head's...I can't wait.

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted, OH
98 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.