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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Based on:
184 Beers
10,996 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 69
Visits: 209
Avg: 4.27
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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Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2009

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Reviews: 69 | Visits: 209
Reviews by jampics2:
Photo of jampics2
3.8/5  rDev -11%
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 speedvagen
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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 +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Quijanoisaac
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Gregf51
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of abkaroll
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of helpingphriendlybook
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyFu
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of bltgrpg
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Fat Heads is an enjoyable place to visit. The walls are covered in interesting "Fat Head" beer tops, their list of current beers on tap are updated daily on their chalkboard. The food is definitely good, just usually too much! That's why we sit at the bar to enjoy a couple of beers with wings.

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Photo of DrMindbender
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Fat Head’s in North Olmstead, OH, is the brewpub associated with the brewery. The place is large and whenever I’ve been there has been nearly full. The food has always been excellent with large portions at reasonable prices. While TVs are about, they are not as omnipresent as in many other bars or sports bars. Still, when busy, it can be nearly impossible to hear conversations across the table. Outside tables are also available for both smokers and non-smokers. The wait staff allows adequate time to peruse the food and beer menus and don’t ignore you after you receive your meal. They are also knowledgeable about the beer offerings.
Yes, the beer offerings! The beer menu is updated daily and mine had 18 of Fat Head’s brews, a cask conditioned Heavy Seas, and 19 other beers ranging from Blue Moon to Duchess de Bourgogne and St. Bernardus. About half of these are other Ohio beers. Growler refills are possible and samples may be purchased. Cans are not available but may be purchased at a stop-and-rob about a mile down Lorain.
My GPS always tells me to turn left (coming from I80) when I get to Loraine but Fat Head’s is on the right – just a minor glitch in location – doesn’t matter because Fat Head’s is at the intersection and easily seen.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of johnyb
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Billbraski
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of fredmugs
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ryand14
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Really cool place to visit. The selection has good and the brick over pizza was really good. Worth the trip if you are in the Cleveland area.

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Photo of SGerrard
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Fat Head's is a fantastic venue for beer in NE Ohio. There is an extensive list of Fat Head's beers ranging from light (e.g. Duke of Lager, Bumbleberry) to heavy (e.g. Hop Lightning, Hop Juju, Bonehead Red) as well as an always changing guest tap list. Additionally, the bartenders are exceptionally knowledgeable and personable. The only point of improvement would be to add some more healthy food options.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great place with a huge menu and a nice selection of craft beer. Food is pretty good and the beer is great. Always something for everyone. Can get extremely busy at times. Try their brick oven pizza with a Headhunter IPA.

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Photo of Eziel
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of WoodBrew
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

F'ing AMAZING.....this place is a must stop. The beer and food were outstanding. Our server was very nice and somewhat knowledgeable. The spicy pulled pork was sweet! They had 20 of their own beers on tap plus many guest beers......great place.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Naugled
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
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

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted, OH
94 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.