Fat Head Brewery- Portland

It was mostly beer on tap.

Everyone knows the big dogs in Portland: Rogue, Deschutes, Bridgeport, Burnside and a host of others. So when I walked past a brewery I had never heard of before i decided to learn more, and by that i mean drink! Fat Head follow the Brew Pub model more closely in contrast to production brewery, however I am 90% they still brew for outside consumption. The take up a nice spot in the pearl district with high timber ceilings and their decor suggests they take beer seriously but not too seriously.

Like Steel Toad in Vancouver they have a system whereby beer does not come from 50 litre kegs but is piped from fermentors into holding takes of up to 9BBL which i would hazard a guess makes the beer more consistent and makes form greater efficiency.


I only sampled two and only have notes for one but it was a good one!

Fat Head Bean Me Up Coffee Stout, this beer was supremely well executed in my opinion. Starting with a solid roasty stout coffee was added in such a way that all of the great coffee flavour was added without any of the negative acidy flavours sometimes imparted into the beer. This is a breakfast beer if i’ve ever had one.

Fat Head Bean Me Up Coffee Stout- 4/5

3 thoughts on “Fat Head Brewery- Portland

  1. mikescraftbeer March 5, 2015 / 11:05 pm

    I am pretty sure they have limited distribution in vancouver. If I had my list of BC distributors I would check but I don’t.


    • cturton March 5, 2015 / 11:09 pm

      I also learned that this is one of 3 breweries in the Ol’ USA


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