This week I travel to Fat Head’s Brewery in Middleburg Heights, Ohio and sit down with owner Matt Cole. Matt has been in the industry for over 30 years and along the way he has obtain an immense amount of knowledge. This knowledge has helped him grow Fat Head’s brewery into one of the most successful beer brands in the U.S. Over the past 14 years Fat Heads has grown from the original location in Pittsburgh to 4 locations including 3 in Ohio. Each location offers flagship beers, but they also carry beers that are specific to that location. There is a lot of knowledge to be gained from this episode as Matt and I had a really great conversation about hops. We discussed hop selection, the process of dry hopping, and whirlpool hopping. We also talk about the role technology has played in helping to improve the brewing industry. We also drank some great beer during the interview including:
Goggle Fogger – Hefeweizen 5.4%
Green Grunge – IPA 8.8%
Head Hunter – IPA 7.5%
Head Shrinker – IPA 8%
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