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Active Beers: 122
Beer Ratings: 3,579
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: 34 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
24581 Lorain Rd.
phone: (440) 801-1001
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2009)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Siege06nd and I dropped in on our way to the BA Blackout release on Monday, January 16th.
The only reason we stopped by was to get a pint or two of their Head Hunter IPA, and grab a fill (granted we dug it). It has been (and continues to be) a longtime want.
And wouldn't you know that their #1 beer, the one that put them on the map wasn't on draft. Seriously? How in the hell does that happen? It's a year-round offering? I understand if you're an up-and-comer. Heck, a few years old even, and just beginning to get your shit together. But Fat Heads has been around for quite a while, and should have these kind of kinks worked out. Part of the damn reason we drove all the way out to Cleveland was to get in on their Head Hunter. Thanks, guys.
Having said that, the rest of their brewed line up was pretty good. Not all winners, but most of 'em were solid. Plenty of guest taps too.
The food was alright. We had perogies and something else. As you can see it was decent, yet not all that memorable.
The service was just ok. Our waitress was a bit rough around the edges, and quite defensive when we tried to inquire more about the next tapping of their Head Hunter. Look honey, I know the board says it's "on deck" for tapping. But take five minutes to ask their brewmaster or heck, even the bar manager and find out when "on deck" is.
Moderate prices, though the growler fills (from what I recall) were rather pricey.
Overall, Fat Heads was mildly dissapointing. With a bit more effort and better communication between brewer and bar, this could be a top notch spot. Until then, I wouldn't put it at the top of my bucket list.
01-25-2012 21:48:40 |
More by Rhettroactive
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by on a rainy & stormy Friday night. Place was beyond packed but got lucky with a couple of bar seats.
Atmosphere: Large bar on left upon entering, kinda odd shaped that seats maybe 30-40. Booths facing the bar. Leaving bar area, large back room with dining tables and separate area for Pool/Darts. Tables for eating in there as well. Kinda felt like a chain and no relation to the atmosphere of Fat Heads in Pitt.
At the bar, we had a bunch of loud knuckleheads next to us drinking miller lite and doing shots of Jager. One guy giving me the stink eye for pulling up a vacant bar stool next to him...These people were like school in the summer...No class.
Looking around, it seems to me people are there for the scene and not the beer.
Quality/Selection: selection was very good, too many good beers to list but was impressed with their own brews, notably the Headhunter IPA, Alt Bier and Coffee Stout..which were all served in their own proper glassware, even the Alt. Beer seemed fresh and proper serving temp.
Service was average, no real complaints.
Food: Food was good, just like the Pitt location and served in large quantities.
Overall: really turned off by the atmosphere. Too many knuckleheads that only want get loud and drunk. If this is your thing, then you will enjoy the place.
07-26-2010 19:56:01 |
More by Kolsch
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1 | $$
Fat Head was sort of a mixed experience. My wife and I found the bar to be very comfortable once seated and a couple drinks in hand. Its a family place where people go to get hammered. Sampled a lot of Fat Heads beers. The house beers ranged from a chore to drink, cant remember that beers name but it was the India Imperial Barley wine (Hop Thunder?). Other beers IBUsive and Up in Smoke gave me an excellent beer drinking experience. The service was spot on once you got a seat. Getting a seat could be a bit of a pain. The beers available covered a wide array of styles. Guest taps available generally seemed to be excellent, Doom, Enjoy By ---, Breakfast Stout and the like. Not a bad beer drinking experience. The food left a lot to be desired. The food came in a couple flavors bland, burnt and unacceptable! I wasn't that hammered that substandard food could be passed off. Have some drinks and go eat else where.
05-07-2013 01:40:49 |
More by nlmartin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Well, I love the original in Pittsburgh, and I made the trek up to Cleveland to try out the new brewery.
A - Decent atmosphere, loads of space compared to the Pittsburgh location. The bar is nice and spacious and the game area is an interesting addition, though I bet if this place catches on, they'll want to put more tables there.
Q - We ordered from the smokehouse, and the meats all had a nice smoked flavor, but were all on the dry side. Beers were all tasty, and fit their indicated styles well. No far and beyond favorite, and nothing that I wouldn't ever drink again either.
Ser - This is where most of the problems were, but this was their first day. The waiter didn't know much about the beer. I tried asking questions, but he clearly wasn't knowledgeable, so rather than give him a hard time about it, I tried to change the subject so he didn't feel like he had to search for an answer for me. Next, I ordered the sampler, which came with 8 beers -- they have 9 on tap, and he couldn't even tell me what was missing. When he came back with the sampler, they weren't clearly marked and he couldn't really tell me which beer was which also meaning that he still didn't know what was missing. We figured out it was the hefe (nothing yellow cloudy in the sampler) and I sent him back for a sample of it at an extra charge. When the food came, we didn't get plates to eat off of, just the serving plates. Since I was sharing a smoked meat platter with the person I was with, we needed plates to split up our food but never got them. At the end of the meal, we were not offered more beer, and when I asked to have my growler filled, he had no idea of the price, or if they would use my growler. When the server came back, he did give me prices for a fill ($15), and for a new growler with the fill ($20). I had my german growler filled, and decided to support the brewery and buy another growler despite the fact that I have 100's already. Sadly, after my long drive home, I opened my cooler to find that the newly purchased growler, though sealed tight, leaked most of the beer out and allowed all of the carbonation out of the beer. I called, but had to leave a voicemail message. I was never**(see below) called about the near empty, flat growler of beer, and am sadly disappointed in the management. I did check the cap, it was as tight as it could get, but the seal on their caps just isn't a good seal, don't trust it! Bring your own growler!
Sel - I was happy to see many of my Pittsburgh food favorites made the menu here. Some of the items are slightly different, or with different names, but there is plenty of excellent food choices on the menu for the carnivore. Beer selection was excellent also -- in addition to their 9 brewery taps, they have plenty of others to satisfy.
F - Well, maybe I hit a bad day for the smoker. The meat was dry, and I use a smoker at home a ton, so I know it is possible to keep things moist and still provide a nice smoky flavor. I did enjoy the smoke flavor in the meat, but I couldn't detect any fruitwood used. Maybe it just didn't come out in what I got, maybe they didn't want to use fruitwood. The sides were ok, but every time I go to the Pittsburgh location, the food is incredible. I love that they are offering smoked food, I really think smoky and spicy foods bring so much out in beer, and taste better with beer.
With any luck, they'll get everything ironed out and this will be a fantastic place to go. Sadly, I'm really soured that they never called me back about my growler problem, and the fact that I never got to talk to a manager when I was at the establishment. I hope this doesn't mean that they are there only to make you drunk and take your money, but I'm not so sure. I've had 2 minor problems at the Pgh location before and was a little shocked at the attitude of the management when I contacted them. There are other places to go in both Pgh and Clev if you want good beer, I am definitely going to start frequenting the other places rather than continue to support management that could care less about customer service.
Update: April 13th, 7:45pm - Visit was on the 7th, and I was finally called by management. The gentleman was very nice and apologetic, and did offer me a free fill on my next trip up. He also assured me that the problem with not knowing what samples were the in the sampler was resolved. Previous comment about visiting other places still applies though, I decided I'm pigeon holing myself into the same old same old too much and will try to support other small local bars that keep at least 2 micros on tap.
04-08-2009 01:42:09 |
More by underwoodbeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I visited Fat Heads when it first open and again a few weeks afterwards. What used to be a Danny Boys grocery store is now a fully functional brewpub. I was really impressed with the transformation this place has undergone. The bar area is enormous and there is still plenty of seating for those looking for a place to go out to eat. They have a bunch of tvs over the bar which seems to be about 100 feet long. So when I first went, the service was not very good, the waitress didn't know any of the beers and was confused about how the sampler worked. Upon going back a second time, the service has improved somewhat but still not as good as I would have hoped. The food is pretty standard bar food, nothing very special. The one redeeming quality of this place is the beer. The brewery makes its own 8 or so beers that are on tap as well as about 20-25 other beers that you can order in the bottle. Some high quality names such as pannepot and maharaja. I have not been overly impressed with their brewed beers but they have not disappointed. For the money, what you get is a pretty good deal. If youre in town, you should check it out.
06-08-2009 22:58:31 |
More by flexinwext
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited Fat Head's Brewery in the middle of a sunny Sunday afternoon. The brewpub stand's in the corner of a large parking lot next to a strip mall. We entered through the bar.
The first thing that struck me was the size of the place. This is a big operation. Stainless steel tanks line both sides of the entrance. The bar has seating for a football team. The vibe is somewhere between sportsbar and family restaurant. It's comfortable, but not homey.
The menu is a mishmash of pub grub, pizza, and barbeque with a little polish flair thrown in the mix. My friend ordered a plate of sausage & pierogi. It was a platter of knockwurst, kielbasa, bratwurst, pierogi and various accoutrements. I ordered six bbq wings with chipotle sauce and a plate of garlic fries. The chicken was good and smokey, and the sauce had a nice pepper kick while still having good flavor. The fries are the new king of spuds. Serving sizes were ginormous.
Service was solid. Our waiter had a decent grip on the menu, but did get a blank expression on my beer order. (I told him the style, but not the beer name) We were seated quickly, and served quickly as well. Everything seemed to operating smoothly.
The beer menu came printed on a dated printout. There were seven or eight house beers, about twenty guest taps, and two casks. The house beers didn't stray far from standard fare. I tried their amber lager, and it was clean and flavorful. The guest taps included many local beers, and a few imports. The most notable included Victory Storm King on cask, and BORIS on tap.
I'd definitely like to return. The beer was solid, and the garlic fries are awesome.
06-01-2009 18:09:25 |
More by frazbri
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Fat Head's is a giant restaurant that reminds me of an upscale Applebee's. The rooms are huge, spacious, dimly lit and way overcrowded. Despite the large amount of room, there's still way too many people in this place on a Saturday evening.
There wasn't all the crap on the walls that Applebee's usually has, but the atmosphere was the same. Maybe an Outback Steakhouse or Winking Lizard would be a better comparison. Whatever they're going for, I didn't love it.
Luckily, the food is way better than Applebee's, even if the atmosphere and décor isn't. The French onion soup was above average and the smoked chicken wings blew me away. Full wings that you have to tear apart yourself, highlighted by a pink smoke ring for authenticity, and topped by a great sauce.
Next time I'm in, I'm trying the sandwich Maxim called the fifth best in the country - a giant piece of bread stuffed with sausage and perogi!
The beer was decent, but not spectacular. I was slightly intrigued by the fact they have a ton of guest beers on tap to compliment their own. Again, this speaks to the "commercialized" feel this place gave me.
They featured eight of their own beers, all of which I would describe as being above average to very good. The one that sticks out in my mind, though, is the pilsner. It was very true to form, which is hard to find in a country dominated by American lagers; often mistakenly dubbed pilsners.
The service was decent even though they were crazy busy. The one mistake was that I ordered a roasted red pepper soup and got a bowl of French onion instead, but I'm thinking that was the mistake of the people in the back, and I didn't bother to correct her.
01-27-2010 23:17:45 |
More by bigkingken
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The atmosphere is welcoming. As you walk in you are greeted by smiling hostess waiting to show you to your table. The place is large, loud, and full with people having a good time. There is a decent size bar area with a few tables and two other rooms with table and booth seating.
Edit: Gone are the friendly faces, and large crowd.
The quality of their beer is great. Some were really good, and some are average. They also have some quality guest beers.
Their service is prompt and friendly.
Edit: Very rude bartender's. I was there with a friend who spends quite a bit of money there, and I was amazed at how rude they were to him. He was getting a growler fill, and asked them not to rinse out his growler. The bartender stuck his nose in the growler, then out of spite rinsed it out anyway.
The selection is o.k. with about 25 beers on tap 8 being their own. The rest being a nice selection of ales, lagers, porters, Belgians, and lambics.
The food is the highlight of this place my wife had a burger that was really good. I had the smoked chicken wings; they were out of this world. They serve their smoked wings whole with the sauce on the side. I chose two of their sauces which were really good but the wings were good on their own. They make their own chips which were really good too.
Edit: Food is not as good as it used to be.
One dozen whole chicken wings, a half pond burger, a pint of beer, a couple samples, a root-beer, and tip were under $40. As good as the food was Id say that's a good deal.
Edit: The food quality, and service of this establishment have slowly diminished over the last year. The beer is still excellent though.
02-17-2010 01:25:48 |
More by sitarist
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
05-22-2009 14:43:02 |
More by jampics2
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Loud and boisterous place, you have to shout over the others. Large and buzy,the staff were mostly bossy and harried, although ours was a peach. Very working class, decent guest taps with ane ye out for the new and different. Their own beers are fairly good, although i havehad the standouts in Buffalo before. They fill growlers, including the guest taps. They make the best root beer in the state, and one of the 5 best I have had in the USA, and a growler of that for the family was only $6. ear the main airport, and come with your own group.
07-10-2011 03:15:51 |
More by Sammy
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