Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

Fat Head's Brewery & SaloonFat Head's Brewery & Saloon

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(440) 801-1001 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2009

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my favorite place in Ohio from my favorite brewery. Tons of drafts, including guests and casks, and the food is phenomenal. The "Headwiches" are a must try. They sell a lot of merchandise and do growler fills, but bottle sales across town at the brewery.

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Photo of monorailred
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Very cool place to enjoy some VERY good beer and a nice selection of foods. The service was great. Very attentive and fast. We chose the Parma Karma and was a great selection of local, ethnic foods that paired really well with an awesome selection of beer.

Highly recommend!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is huge fore a brewpub, and usually busy as well. Have a lot of their beers on tap and some nice Guest Taps as well. Really a great place to go and hang out. The menu is huge and the food is superb. You can buy Headhunter and Bumble Berry in bottles to go as well and merchandise. They will also growler fill anything they have on tap, except cask ale or one offs. They even growler fill guest taps.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Leah and I had a very good experience here. Half off their beers for happy hour (4-6). 38 beers on tap. 15 of theirs. Fairly large seating area with high ceilings. Food selection is above average. Had the brewben sandwich. Yum!

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Photo of BillBabbitt
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

A huge brewpub with a cool history and a great venue. Huge sandwiches, outstanding beers and exceptionally friendly service. The brewery is behind the glass walls, so the beer is always fresh.

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Photo of jenrhart
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
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 rjd722
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -9.6%
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 a_beckman25
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
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 +11.9%
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 beatenbyjacks
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
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 bltgrpg
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Ozzylizard
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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 SGerrard
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
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 WoodBrew
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
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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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Brewstradamus
4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

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Photo of SAEmick
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of MANix73
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of kjb32812
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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Photo of SpartyJoe
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of cestlavie
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted, OH
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