Address: 24581 Lorain Rd.
North Olmsted, OH 44070
Flagship Beers: Head Hunter IPA, Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale, Sunshine Daydream Session Ale
Seasonal Beers: Hop Juju Imperial IPA, Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA, Bonehead Red Imperial Red Ale, Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Holly Jolly Christmas Ale, Pimp My Sleigh Belgian-Style Christmas Ale
Other Notable Beers: Black Knight Schwarzbier, Up in Smoke Smoked Porter, Hippy Sippy Imperial Stout, Head Trip Belgian-Style Tripel, Alpenglow Weizenbock
The Down Low: Simply put, enough cannot be said about Fat Head’s Brewery. With a food menu that reads like the New York yellow pages, and a rotating selection of beer that’s hard to compare to in the entire state of Ohio, Fat Head’s is what any aspiring new restaurant and brewery can only hope to become in its wildest dreams.
First, let’s talk about the beers. While they do bottle the flagship beers year-round, it’s the seasonal beers that make this brewery truly stand out among the rest. What more can we say about Hop Juju? It’s in our top 5 beers of all time. It’s one of the juiciest, hop-laden pine cone bombs of a beer that you’ll ever try, and it’s got gold medal awards from both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup to back it up. It only comes out in February, so we usually stock up, enjoy every last drop of it over several weeks, and look forward to the following February when it rolls out again. Meanwhile,Head Hunter, another solid IPA, helps to hold down the fort in the IPA department year-round, with Hop Stalker IPA and Trail Head Pale Ale making their appearances throughout the year as well. Spooky Tooth is always a solid choice when the pumpkin beers start hinting at fall’s arrival, and in the winter, Holly Jolly and Pimp My Sleigh are two Christmas beers that will keep you toasty and warm. The other notable beers listed above, as well as many others that pop up during the year, always make visiting this brewery exciting for their endless innovation at creating new beer recipes.
On to the food. OK, I’ll admit–I’m no food critic. But when I tell you that this place has some of the best food, as well as some of the biggest portions I’ve ever had at a restaurant, I’m not exaggerating. Mouth-watering burgers, gigantic “Headwiches” ranging from incredible pulled pork, kielbasa and brats, and fish, and appetizers that are too large not to share, this menu literally has it all. Craving wings? You’ve never seen them this large. How about pizza? Their stone oven masterpieces will have your eyes popping out. Wanna stick to salad? Be prepared to go home stuffed and satisfied.
The bar is something to behold as well. Snaking it’s way through the entrance to the restaurant, its got enough bar stools and beer options to please the thirstiest of customers. There’s a mug club to join, large beer cap metal signs showcasing the cool labels of most of their beers, and a cool “HeadGear” shop where you can pick out a mug, T-shirt, sticker, hat, and many other various wares before you head out the door.
Don’t live or travel to the Cleveland area much? Have no fear. There’s a Fat Head’s in Pittsburgh and Portland as well. Not close to those either? Well, maybe it’s time to consider moving. Just don’t be upset that you didn’t think about doing it sooner…