(Visited 07/2010 and a couple times since): Fat Head’s is located in North Olmsted which is southwest of Cleveland. The brewpub is on Lorain Ave a couple miles off I-480. There is a pretty good-sized lot behind the building that is partially shared by a strip mall.
The interior is spacious with the bar near the entrance and a large table seating area past that. The walls are brick with many of Fat Head’s beer logos painted on here and there. The bar allows a view of some of the brewing equipment behind glass, as well as a board listing all of the beers available.
As for the beers, there are over 30, with 10 being Fat Head’s and the rest guest brewers such as Thirsty Dog, Victory and others (including a collaboration beer with Bear Republic), plus a house root beer. There are samplers available as well. The beers are all above average, especially the award winning Head Hunter IPA, and several stray from the typical formula such as a Heller Bock, a Smoked and the aforementioned collaboration Rye beer.
Service on an early weekday afternoon was good. The bartender was knowledgeable about the beers (both Fat Head’s and guests) and was helpful with samples, etc.
The food at Fat Head’s is good. I strayed a little from my usual pub grub and hat a Salmon burger and it was good. I have heard their burgers go toe to toe with Beer Engine so I will definitely try one of those next time.
Overall this place is a must stop in the northeastern part of Ohio.
This was our third brwwpup of the day. We had heard of Matt Cole the brewmaster her. The Head Hnter IPA was special. This IPA had won the 2010 National IPA Challenge. It is a good one. The place was packed we had to wait for a table at 8 PM. This is serious beer lover saloon. Great selection of beers and ales and all beers were in stock. They also offered other craft beers: Stone, Bells, Great Lakes and Stone. This is truly a beer lovers paradise.
Great local large brewery and restaurant. Has a good selection of non Fat Heads brews. The Fat Heads brews are what makes it stand apart. Never had a bad Fat Heads brew. Great selection and beer from Fat Heads. Prices are good for drafts and growlers. Food is great bar/brewery fair. Sandwiches are huge and very tasty. Not healthy food at all but delicious none the less.
It is a nice place to visit since my family is from North Olmsted. I like the large variety of beers on taps.. always gives me something new to try. The service can be slow at time, but as long as there is a beer in front of me.. who really cares :)
Keep going back. Keep trying to like this place because it’s close to me on the West side. Keep being disappointed. Think of Applebee’s with so so craft beer. Service is always slow, 50/50 if your server in the dining area will know anything about the beer. Always a good chance that what you’d like will have "just run out". I leave half the time wondering why I bother.
It’s a pretty roomy and well lit brew pub with a serving staff that knows their stuff, but can occasionally be absent or carousing with the regulars. The Beer selection, draft wise, is pretty impressive with almost 30 different handles, including some Belgians and rare high ABV craft brews. The food selection is expensive, but you get a lot for your money, and they occasionally offer specials. They also feature a "mug club" which includes a year’s worth of beer specials and your own engraved mug, so that’s cool. Overall, it’s not the best brewpub in Cleveland, but it’s certainly one that’s worth visiting if you’re in town.
a great place with a lot of personality. The beer selection was awesome with over 50 taps including cask ales. The food is crazy, huge portions and very original. I could hang out at this place all day, the music is good and the beer is great. The only thing lacking was the service. I was at the bar for at least 2 hours and not once did a bartender come up to ask me if I needed another drink when mine was empty. It got annoying constantly having to flag them down, and it wasn’t even a busy time of day, i think it was between 3-4pm. Besides the service, the place was great.
World of difference between here and Pittsburgh. Much more of their own beer and even a few guests. Place was quite big, but friendly. Efficient, friendly service. Good prices on beer. The quality of the beer speaks for itself.
A completely different vibe than the Pittsburgh location. Cavernous interior with lots of schwag and a whole lot more room than the other spot. It comes across as a little bit more chain pub like than the other spot. They had a very large selection of their own stuff (including the very tasty IPA) and a nice selection of guest taps (although probably fewer guest taps than the Pittsburgh location). Didn’t eat at this spot, but we really enjoyed drinking with a few of the Cleveland folks.
Been to this place a few times now. One thing that brings me back is the food. The sandwiches are delicious. Their house brews are decent but I usually find myself ordering from their nice selection of guest taps. From my experience the bartenders have been pretty good. During busy times they do tend to walk by empty glasses now and then but their willingness to offer samples makes up for it.