Fat Head’s Brewery hoping to “tap” into your love of the brew

Fat Heads.jpgThe newly-opened Tap House at Fat Head’s Brewery in Middleburg Heights features reclaimed bowling lanes as the bar top.Cori Farris 

Just in time for Cleveland Beer Week, the tasting room at the Fat Head’s Brewery production facility has opened to the public. The name of the tasting room is The Tap House at Fat Head’s Brewery and is located inside the Middleburg Heights production facility at 18741 Sheldon Road. Fat Head’s is a craft brewing company, founded in 1992 in Pittsburgh with a restaurant and beer bar. The opened a brewpub in North Olmsted in 2009 and quickly grew to add the Middleburg location as a production brewery to help the company meet demand throughout Ohio and all over the country. And thanks to brew’s success as well as the cooperation of the city of Middleburg Heights, Fat Head’s was able to remodel some of the space located inside the production facility and give the public a behind-the-scenes peek at the process in action. And that means the beer can’t get any fresher. Master Brewer Matt Cole is the mastermind behind the creation of the beer and he has traveled the world for his craft. Most recently, he returned from England where he was invited to brew a special batch of beer at Shepherd Neame, the oldest brewery in the country, as one of only five U.S. brewers invited to visit England and make a beer. The new public space is divided into a gift shop to the right and tasting room to the left. The gift shop offers shirts, glassware and, of course, six-packs for purchase. The tasting room is a revamped warehouse space and has many interesting features including the bar which is made from reclaimed bowling lanes. The hours are 4-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Call 216-898-0242 for more information.

Dinner is Served – Bethel Lutheran Church will hold its annual Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. Nov. 2 in Bethel’s Fellowship Hall, 7171 Pearl Road, in Middleburg Heights.  The cost is ages 14 and older, $10; ages 7 through 13, $5; and ages 6 and under, free. Dine in or take-out is available. And back by popular demand, drive-through service is available. For more information, call 440-843-6663.

Music to My Ears – The next meeting of the Middleburg Heights Women’s Club is 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the community center, 16000 Bagley Road. The speaker for the evening will be Kira Seaton, assistant professor of music at Cuyahoga Community College, discussing the value of music. New member are always welcome to attend and donations for the Middleburg Heights Food Pantry are encouraged. For more information, call 216-362-7890.

Pick of the Pantry – With the coming holiday months of November and December, the Middleburg Heights Food Pantry wants every household to be able to sit down to a holiday dinner. So, with that in mind, the pantry is requesting donations of holiday dinner items. The Middleburg Heights Food Pantry is a client choice pantry, available to residents of Middleburg Heights and members of Middleburg Heights churches who are in need. The pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 5-7 p.m. Thursdays and is located at 6877 Middlebrook Boulevard in the Middlebrook Education Center.

Jingle All the Way – … to the Mistletoe Market where all of Santa’s little vendors will be on hand to help you with all of your one-stop shopping holiday needs. With over 40 vendors, live holiday music, door prizes, chair massages, face painting, and more, you may be able to cross a name or two off your holiday shopping list. Taking place from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Middleburg Heights Community Center, 16000 Bagley Road, admission is free and all ages are welcome. Contact Head Elf Dana with any questions at madotto2@yahoo.com.

Teen Idol – Mayor Gary W. Starr and Middleburg Heights City Hall are pleased to invite the residents of Middleburg Heights to spend a holiday evening with Rock and Roll legend, singer and actor Frankie Avalon. At 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Tangier, 532 West Market Street in Akron, Ohio, this special entertainment event is a rare treat. Tickets can be easily purchased by calling the Tangier hotline at 330-376-7171 and are available for $50 each. Indicate that you are with the “Middleburg Heights Holiday Group.”  Prime seating has been reserved for the event, so call and make your reservation by Nov. 27. Additionally, for every ticket sold, Mayor Starr will make a donation to a local charity.  If you have any additional questions, call Middleburg Heights City Hall at 440-234-8811.

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