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Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

133 Ratings
Ratings: 133
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.57%
Active Beers: 150
Beer Ratings: 6,757
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 34
Bottles: 0
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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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2009)
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Reviews by jampics2:
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3.8/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

jampics2, May 22, 2009
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--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.

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Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted, OH
97 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.