The Tap House at Fat Head’s Brewery

Figure 1. This way to the tap house and food!

Figure 1. This way to the tap house and food!

Figure 2. Smoked chicken spinach and artichoke dip at the Tap House.

Figure 2. Smoked chicken spinach artichoke dip at the Tap House.

Like every hip American city, Cleveland has a very active local microbrew scene.  I have already visited and written about a few of them, including the widely distributed Great Lakes Brewing Company.  I would be remiss if I did not post about Fat Head’s.

If you are not familiar with Fat Head’s, take a look around your grocery store and you’ll see many of the brewery’s popular brews such as Head Hunter IPA.  I was not familiar with Fat Head’s, and I assumed it was an Ohio original.  Turns out that Fat Head’s started in 1992 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  You know, the other Cleveland.  Fat Head’s officially came to Cleveland in 2009 with the opening of Fat Head’s Brewery and Saloon.

The Saloon is located in North Olmstead, a west-side suburb of Cleveland within Cuyahoga County.  The Saloon was on Steve’s radar, so we made a beeline to it one weekend when we were out and about.   I would like to tell you all about the Saloon experience, but we never made it past the door—there was a two-hour wait that day!  There must be a better way….

Figure 3. What'll you have? A sampler, of course!

Figure 3. What’ll you have? A sampler, of course!

Figure 4. Tap House French dip sandwich and BBQ pork pizza.

Figure 4. Tap House French dip sandwich and BBQ pork pizza.

That better way is the Tap House (Figure 1).!  The same great beer and similar menu without the wait.  What more could we ask?

Well, we did ask for some spinach artichoke dip while we pondered our lunch and accompanying drink options (Figure 2).  I love to mix and match, so I ultimately opted for the sampler (Figure 3).  I also spied a French dip sandwich on the menu, so of course I had to try it.  Steve was feeling more like a pizza and chose the BBQ pork (Figure 4).  Of the two, I think Steve made the better choice.  Live and learn!

We visited the Tap House late in the afternoon, so we missed the brewery tour (Figure 5).  We hope to come back soon to learn all about the process.  We hear that the brewery will be expanding in 2017/2018, so we may be touring a different setup.  That’s fine, as long as there are fine taps with some tasty apps and no wait.

Figure 5. The Tap House at Fat Head's Brewery on Sheldon Road in Middleburg Heights, OH.

Figure 5. The Tap House at Fat Head’s Brewery on Sheldon Road in Middleburg Heights, OH.

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Dana Crawford

Dana Crawford

Associate Professor of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and Assistant Director of the Institute for Computational Biology, with interest in pharmacogenomics, electronic health records, and diverse populations. Also, an avid foodie!