Fat Head's Brewery

Fat Head's BreweryFat Head's Brewery
Fat Head's BreweryFat Head's Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

131 NW 13th Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97209-4110
United States

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Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.92
Beers:
230
Ratings:
14,384
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PLACE STATS
Average:
4.21
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
45
pDev:
9.74%
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Ratings by PhilKeller:
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Rated by PhilKeller from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

May 17, 2015
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 4.23 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Jan 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
How cool is it to fly in from Ohio, walk down the street after breakfast at Tasty n Alder on the way to Rogue, and run straight into a little piece of Cleveland? I knew they had opened a new location here, but really didn't think about it. What a fun stop!

This location is surprisingly spacious with nice natural lighting and an open feel like many other Portland bars and restaurants. The beautiful, cleanly lacquered wooden bar is accented by a few recessed bottle caps, and the taplist is surprisingly large for this relatively new satellite. There's a large number of local guest taps, and a ton of offerings by Fat Head's, all of which stress quality of execution.

Food here seems to be a big draw, just like it is in the Ohio locations, and it goes without saying, fits the name of the original sandwich joint in Pittsburgh quite well. I actually like the vibe here more than the Ohio Saloon, as it feels more adult and mature. Service is still prompt and knowledgeable.
Oct 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by arielrivera from Indiana

Sep 14, 2017
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Reviewed by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.75
August, 19,2017 with the wife.
Deschutes a block away had a hour plus wait so we stopped in here as the wife was hangry as hell. Big venue with a "customer corral" leading you in, this place could turn them over quickly. Server was run off her ass but my glass was never empty so I can't complain. Had a pretty good IPA but wasn't blown away by the beer. The menu seemed to be the same dozen things rearranged in different ways. Had some big ass meat sandwich that wasn't really that great and my only choice for sides was kettle chips? WTF? Just more evidence of the "get em in and out" Pump out the covers as fast as possible mentality. I can't say I had a bad experience but no way I'd go back with Portlands options nearby....
Aug 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Jul 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by Cody_k_53 from Ohio

Apr 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Mar 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by Oidmoe from Austria

Feb 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.6 by devilmakesthree from Oregon

Jan 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by Mikey440 from California

Jan 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.03 by DerekCarruth from Georgia

Oct 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.11 by SimcoeKid from California

Sep 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.4 by mecmd from Tennessee

Sep 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by StoutSnob40 from California

Aug 26, 2016
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Visited here yesterday with Da Boss for a late lunch in a bustling downtown Portland.

Vibe was OK, sprawling location with a large capacity, maybe 200? The Olympics were on the big screen. Spotted folks from 21 to 70 having a beer and a meal.

Quality of food and beer was good. My SemperFIPA was pretty clean and tasty and the meals were solid.

Service was very good. Rachel was hustling and served us well. Nothing to gauge her on in terms of beer knowledge.

Selection was good as there were maybe 20 Fat Head beers and maybe 20 guest beers.

Food was good. Da Boss had the brewbon with a kimchi twist that made it interesting. I had the pulled smoked bbq chicken sandwich that was smackable.

Overall I found this to be a good alternative to Deschutes which was jammed pack on a Saturday at 1:30. Recommended.
Aug 21, 2016
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75
One of the first places we went during our recent visit to Portland. Had a flight of great beer. Ended up with a pint of a great Kolsch. Enjoyed the food and the beer. Our waiter was great, recommending things to do in Portland (which turned out to be correct!).
Jul 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.26 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Jul 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Btip1969 from Oregon

Jul 04, 2016
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
Visited in the middle of the day early in the week, so no problems with service or seating. Beer was on point. And the giant pretzel is GIANT. And comes with two kinds of mustard and a beer cheese sauce. It has restored my faith in brewery pretzels. Loved it.
Wonderful service, Midwestern hospitality in a northwestern spot.
May 18, 2016
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Reviewed by brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Now this is a hoppin' place! Lots of TV monitors with sports galore. Terrific selection of brews and attentive servers. We had a couple of the flights, so we got to try lots of this brewery; all solid. Fat Head's is another "must" for the beer enthusiast in Portland.
Apr 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by Intlpostman from California

Apr 17, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by Butchnasty from Louisiana

Apr 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by jakemn91 from New Mexico

Mar 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by EmilyKay from Nebraska

Feb 24, 2016
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Reviewed by Canada_Dan from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Great beers, especially if you like them hoppy. Lots of options including some guest taps. The food was awesome, the wife and I shared a salmon reuben and it was plenty of food for us. Bright open space with lots of seating. Staff was super friendly. Highly recommended
Feb 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.91 by lpothier from Oregon

Feb 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by JJH1018 from Illinois

Jan 24, 2016
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Reviewed by GRG1313 from California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Great modern and large restaurant and bar in Portland, Oregon, down the block from Deschutes.

This is a vibrant, light and clean place with a nice selection of Fat Head's offerings with really good food. Service was great and the beers, while perhaps not in the premiere grade of some Oregon breweries offers some really solid and good beer. Worth the visit and worth tasting it's offerings.
Nov 23, 2015
 
Rated: 3.81 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Nov 22, 2015
 
Rated: 4.42 by mwar from Kentucky

Nov 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.58 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Oct 29, 2015
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75
Started with very slow service, it was pretty busy but I felt like I got lost at the bar. It got a lot better later when they realized I was talking to them about beer and asking questions.

Nice new pine bartop designed like a bowling alley, huge open space, apparently I got there during the shift change which is why the service was slow, and got better after. Dark colors, lots of old and new wood mixed, def a fun place. Lots of taps, tons of them didn't even bother counting, lots of their own beers, and a handful of guest taps. Although the giant Fat Heads were a bit disturbing.

The bartenders were very friendly and helpful, and fairly knowledgable, unfortunately when I asked a few questions of the brewer, he was there and answered the first question, then disappeared as his shift was over.

Food, I got the Mod Betta brisket sandwich and it was phenomenal, chips were OK, fried well but not seasoned at all, well a few of them are but not seasoned evenly. Bartender also kno
Oct 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.98 by MaximumYuks from Oregon

Sep 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4.08 by South2NW from Oregon

Aug 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.07 by Highbury09 from North Carolina

Aug 06, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

Jul 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4.14 by tommyguz from Pennsylvania

Jul 02, 2015
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Reviewed by AJNIDEK from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
A little bit of Cleveland in Portland. Does not feel like the South Slope place but feels just like Cleveland. Stellar brews, guest taps and food. Don't let the crappy logo stop you.
Jun 10, 2015
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