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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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BEER AVG
3.96/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
204
Reviews:
1,944
Ratings:
12,685
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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
94
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
225
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
5.63%
 
 
Taps:
34
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

24581 Lorain Rd.
North Olmsted, Ohio, 44070
United States

(440) 801-1001 | map
www.fatheadscleveland.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2009

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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 225
Reviews by jampics2:
Photo of jampics2
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

So, Fat Heads is in a "killer location" according to its owners - a "once in a lifetime" place they just couldn't pass up. The problem is it's 10 minutes past the airport, making it a huge drive for any East Sider. But I'll move past that and get to what it does offer.

Atmosphere is good - you get to see some tanks and the nice sized bar when you enter. Always crowded, we had to wait 30 minutes for a table at 2:30 on a Saturday, but the novelty will wear off soon I bet and there will be some safe times to hit this place.

I asked the bartender if they had anything running from the firkin (this was a Saturday and they tap them on Friday) and she looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language. So, I waited for the table to get a beer since she seemed absolutely clueless.

Here's where things went from promising to pretty crappy. We were seated and waited more than 15 minutes until our waitress came to the table. She knew very little about the beer, but we got the sampler.

The beer was average at best, but probably a little worse than I expected. The #1 saison tasted like a kit from Northern Brewer (not that there's anything wrong with that, when your buddy makes it in his garage). The Chocolate Monkey stout was thin (porter perhaps?), and the IPA was barely hoppy enough to taste. Not my thing, but I see what they're going for: mediocre beers but awesome food. They also had a slightly better than average selection of guest taps, but they really haven't moved many of them since their opening. Basically, you're looking at 3 ales, 3 wheats, a few Belgian selections, and 3 dark beers (porter/stouts).

And the food was awesome. We got a fried pierogie appetizer and it was great. I got the wings and they were phenominal. Also, the girlfriend's burger was awesome.

So, here's the deal. This is not a beer mecca. The house beer is average at best. But the food is worth going for.

UPDATE: The last year has been very kind to this place. I'm happy to report that the beer has gotten MUCH better, there are now "slow" times, the new bartenders know their stuff, and the food is still kick-ass. Raising the quality to 4 from 2.5. Service from waitstaff is still average, though, especially a choice few who have no business serving in a brewery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CBrodbeck
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of FlexMonster
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of jenrhart
3.75/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Decent beer but not excellent. Stopped on our way through Cleveland on a two week long beer-cation last summer. Just didn't stack up against the other greats.

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Photo of TrapJaw77
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

Food is awesome. Beer selection was okay; they had lots of IPAs on tap; wished they had a lighter stout the day I went. Love this place.

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Photo of jrb378
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Junichi
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of RayOhioFelton
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is world class and a must visit! Use the app No Wait to avoid the long wait once you arrive!

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Photo of rjd722
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Awesome beers, great sandwiches, and solid service. Had the Hop JuJu and Imperial Red, both pretty exceptional. Big variety of their own beers and guest beers on draft.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The size of the bar is pretty amazing. They have an expansive beer selection, including some local brews--some of which could even be considered rivalries--plus there's always something in a firkin. Their food combos are simple but are large, and they offer some unique takes on NE Ohio dishes. The problem with this place, and too many other breweries lately, is they want to cater to everyone and allow families--the worst part being small children, and lots of them. A bar or brewery is no place for rugrats, especially when it often consists of half the place. Sure it may seem great for business but they'd be doing good with an age limit as well. When a restaurant is this large and there's a line out the door on a weekday in the middle of winter, kick out the kids. Adults need their own place to chill.

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Photo of BeerMeDrD
2.48/5  rDev -41.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of BDeibs
4.43/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of DSWeller
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of a_beckman25
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Visited the Middleburg Heights location. Pretty cool setup with the tanks being about 20 feet from your tables. Good luck finding the place. Its actually in a giant warehouse with only a small sign to show you its the right drive.

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Photo of speedvagen
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Didn't try the food, but seriously, the selection, quality was amazing, possibly the best I've experienced! Tried an experimental dipa that was the best I've had, seriously, and I've tried A LOT.... Will definitely stop in whenever I'm nearby.....

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Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Quijanoisaac
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Good bad but it is always extremely busy. There has been times the beer selection outside of their own beer can be a little underwelming.

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Photo of brbrocc
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Gregf51
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of abkaroll
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

What a massive production facility. Lots of overly hoppy beers on tap. New girl didn't know much about the beer, but the food was quite tasty. When in Cleveland it's a fun stop.... If you like hops

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Photo of zimm421
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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