Fat Head's Brewery & Tap House

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Fat Head's Brewery & Tap HouseFat Head's Brewery & Tap House
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Fat Head's Brewery & Tap HouseFat Head's Brewery & Tap House

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

17450 Engle Lake Dr
Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 44130
United States

(216) 898-0242 | map

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by ChrisMon02:
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4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A great place with great food and beer. Atmosphere is pleasant. My only complaint is you can't get service when they are busy...and they are usually REALLY busy.

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Photo of MikiMo
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great menu and good selection of beer. West Coast-style IPA Is my favorite beer here.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I recently visited Fathead's Brewery and Taphouse outside Cleveland, Ohio, to try some of their brews and have a late dinner. It's their new place and it is huge. They have a very long counter, lots of tables, a gift shop that's open until midnight, a self guided tour of the brewery that you can take any time including after midnight. We took the tour and it was impressive. In the gift shop I bought a hat, beer opener, and a shirt. The beer offerings and the food offerings were extensive. I had their sausage platter with sauerkraut but between us we tasted a lot of different food. Our waitress was helpful and friendly and funny and the prices reasonable. Overall this brewery was a very pleasant experience.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

In town for the marriage of 2 great friends. I've had Fat Head's beers before, and visited the location in Pittsburgh. Being a half mile from the hotel, I headed over for lunch, and for a late night snack 12 hours later.
Head Hunter was top of the heap a decade ago, and still solid. Same with Hop Juju. All of the beers I tried were decent. The food was really solid, but not a big fan of the house made chips. The poutine I had later in the night was really good, the nachos not so much.
Service was good overall on both visits.
If you are in town, check them out. Good vibe, solid brews, good service.

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Photo of zotzot
4.11/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of claminat420
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

visited on june 25th

Vibe- granted we went on a sunday as soon as they opened but it was cool. the colorful walls with the stainless steel tanks in the background play off each other. laid back. all are welcome.

Quality- the beer was really good and the food was more meh....

Service- our original server was alright but jaymie (spelling??) should get a raise.

Selection- pretty solid line up. food was limited.

Food- this was the most negative thing about the place. I ordered a pizza with sausage, black olives, and onions. there was hardly any sauce. they make a homemade sausage with hops which i'm a fan of both tho it didn't taste all that good. the wife got taco's which she enjoyed. pizza was dry as sh#t. they said their kitchen is limited with appliances.

Overall- I got a flight (which is four) there with and extra. I ordered almost all ipa's. head hunter, bone head, Benjamin danklin, midnight moonlight black ipa, and there trail head pale ale. bone head was great and Benjamin danklin was prolly my favorite being more piney. they were all good. I grabbed a growler of danklin which i'm going to enjoy tonight for the 4th. I highly recommend any hophead to check this place out. even if you're not their bumble berry is really solid. grabbed a 6 of that on the way out. only negatives are the limited food options and head hunter needs to be in six packs. anything over 8.5%abv I find tolerable for a four pack. also I love the 5oz pours for only 1.75 or 2$.


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Photo of midlifec
4.33/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of CPAles
4.64/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Jeffsbowen
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of glass_house
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of iTony08
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of qcbrewer
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of slander
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

In Ohio for the something different runaround, I’ve got a few days to burn. ‘Are you sure this is it?’ I asked, as we turned into a massive industrial complex. I mean, I saw the sign, but are you sure there’s a brewpub here? So it is. Slight snow at the entrance mid-February still, and in...

Giant fucking space, and it’s all tanks to the ceiling; most of it, anyway; save the small front corner of the world set to bar & seating. ‘C’ shaped thin slat wood laminate topped bar, corrugated curvy stainless steel base, & a piping foot rail; seating for a bake’s doz on hightop wood chairs. Tower of 8 with logo handles on the bar, another to the backside, and a tower of 6 on the rear wall, with glassware stacked & shelved, and growls for the filling. Horizontal blackboard on the wall above listing tap selections in alt colored chalk.

Red concrete floors, corrugated ceiling with giants spinny fans, and the cinder block walls done in white upper over blue lowers with a red stripe, except for the inner wall done in sky blue with clouds for the ‘no, you’re not inside working, you’re outside, it’s a beautiful day’ effect. Trellis above the bar and across the space adjacent with hop vines lining. Strung baby Xmas lighting, drop Fatheads growler lamps, and dangle pan lamps. Faux spears with the uprights (and running the sills to the brew room side), glow rope strung. A few flats for the games, a bright logo jungle mural scene, GABF metals framed, specials on big boards, and swag next door.

A dozen and a half tables; a mish mosh of blue pic-a-nic tables off the bar, some laminate over house bottle caps topped square hightops further out, a few barrel tables in the corner, and bar counter space along the perimeter sill.

18 taps; I may have sampled a few (Headhunter IPA, 7.5%, dank resin piney; Sunshine Daydream Session IPA, 4.9%, assertive for a session; Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale, 5.3%, a nice little sweety, not cloying or sickly; Kolhminator Smoked Bock, 7%, phenol; Battle Axe Baltic Porter, 8.6%, dark fruit & dark chocolate, a bit boozy; Starlight Lager, 5.2%, clean, crisp lager, win; Jungle Juiced Head Hunter IPA, 7.5%, orange juiced up, still not over the top; Smoldering Session IPA, 4.9%, oh, habanero, I see, done lightly though; Trail Head Pale Ale, 6.3%, solid pale ale; Up In Smoke Smoked Porter, 6.3%, a bit phenol; Prohibition Pauly Porter, 6.6%, chocolate goodness; Alpen Glow Weizenbock, 8.7%, banananana, lovely moonglowiness; Goggle Fogger Hefe Weizen; 5.4%, sure, banana, sure), and another couple I didn’t get to (Hop Juju Imperial IPA, 9%; Shakedown Imperial American Stout, 8.5%; 2015 BA Battle Axe Baltic Porter, 10.6%; Head Trip Belgian Tripel, 9.5%), and a single guest tap (B Nektar Zombie Killer Cherry Cyser, 6%). Headhunter IPA, Starlight Lager, Trail Head Pale Ale, Prohibition Pauly Porter, & Alpen Glow Weizenbock were the best of ‘em.

Food? Fuck, yes. I thought you’d never ask. Smokehouse wings, please. Big ass wings them, dry rub, yes, and thank you. Theys was real good. And a Cajun shrimp basket panic impulse after thought. Shrimp, fried, need I say more? Witzel had a smoked chicken spinach artichoke (so he wouldn’t have to share), and a house brisket sandwich (delicious!). As usual, way too much food.

Cool house. Bright, colorful, and loud (in volume & attitude). Good 80’s & 90’s music. Place has filled in nicely since we arrived, you can tell people want to bum our seats. Beer here; some standouts and really no clunkers, and enough food for an early dinner.

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Photo of whitenads
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of bcgeiman
3.72/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of mynie
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The brewery is located in an industrial park in Middleburg Heights, about 15 minutes from downtown Cleveland. We were set to begin the last leg of a long, Boston-to-Iowa roadtrip. It was a grey and sharp day after an unusually warm late December, and we were hungover from the previous day's hockey game in Buffalo. Plus, you know, regular ol' holiday melancholy--Charlie Brown existentialist stuff, the routinization of a time period that once felt so magical, the sinking feeling that I'm somehow wasting life by not having children of my own, dread at having to see how far my parents have aged since last Christmas...

I've wanted to visit Great Lakes for over a decade but I've never before passed through Cleveland with any time to spare. They were closed on Sundays, though, so we just sat out front for a few minutes and weighed our options. I was sad, childishly, as if some kind of dream had been squashed. But then I remembered that a vague, weak desire does not constitute a dream, even if it is more than ten years old. It was time to be an adult. To move on.

We drove the extra little ways to North Olmstead, to Fat Head, a brewery I liked when they distributed to Indiana the last year or so that I lived there. Their highest rated beers were always hard to find, so I figured hey, this might yield something nice.

And yes, it did.

Fat Head's tap room was *exactly* the sort of place we needed to visit on this particular road trip. It wasn't uplifting or ostentatious. They had not gone all out on holiday decoration (there were some nice lights and trees and whatfor, but nothing a couple of people couldn't have put up in an hour or two). It was neither intimate nor bustling. The waitress was friendly but she did not sit down at our table or fake flirt so as to garner more tips.

It was, in short, a place that did not give a fuck. In the best possible way. It's the genuine version of the sort of chill that those Jimmy Buffet chain restaurants attempt to evoke, the sort of place you go when you want reality to become more tolerable but don't want any sort of hallucinogenic return to childhood.

The tap selection was about 20 deep and everything was super good. The food was solid pub fare. But the atmosphere was what really sold the place.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Ross_Bend_Brewing
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Worth the visit. Very cool production brewery and tap house. Great food, service and beer!

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Photo of zimm421
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great place! As you walk in the door gift shop on your right where you can buy merchandise or bottles to go. To the right is the brewery and taproom which is split by a semi wall blocking the brewery area from the seating. There are a few table tops and picnic tables and bar seating. Food was as per Fat Head's usual pretty good if you like bar food. Was there at the Hop Juju release place was fairly busy, no seats left anyway, and service was exemplary our waitress was back to our table multiple times even as busy as they were that night. Great place keep a sharp eye out for their sign when you arrive it is not flashy or huge but they are in a long industrial warehouse building so if you drive past you know it is one of those long buildings.

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Photo of RayOhioFelton
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Small menu but always solid food. Beer is phenomenol and they have bottles to go as well for sale on site! Brewery tours available saturdays I believe. They have odd hours so check before making the trip.

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Photo of capt93
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jpinoniemi
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Sabtos
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

This production facility and tasting room is a separate, lesser known location away from the kid-infested "Saloon." Come here for a more chill atmosphere and a unique experience under the "clouds" in a very strangely set up publicly open brewery.

Since my first visit they seem to have really expanded the food menu greatly, and have a similarly large taplist as their Saloon location, with 3 TVs for those sports nuts. I no longer see any reason to pass this place in favor of the North Olmstead location. The Tap House is far superior in every way for the beer geek.

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