Monday, May 5, 2014

Brew Review - Lagerheads, Medina, OH

A brewery that doesn't Lag behind

Lagerheads is one of those oddly located breweries in the middle of nowhere, that has fantastic food and even better beer.  It sits at the bottom of a random hill in a random town that doesn't have much to do.  It is a local bar more than it is a local brewpub because its the only thing local.  I won't ding Lagerheads' score because of location, but instead I celebrate the fact that such great beer is made in such a rinky dink location. 

Walking in you get the feel of a barbeque and brew place that belongs in the south with the cabin feel.  Wood paneling lines the walls with pictures of the Lagerheads' logo placed througout the bar like a trophy.  The logo represents a wild boar which plays into the cuisine of the brewery as it specializes in brisket and ribs that emit a fantastic smell from the kitchen.  We felt like we had to try some of what they were advertising.  We got half of a slab of ribs along with a BBQ burger topped with pulled pork.  The ribs were awesome, however the burger was a little overcooked for medium rare.  Regardless both dishes had a ton of flavor, just not cared enough for.

I didn't come just for the food.  I wanted to taste some of their beer that was made in the middle of nowhere.  It couldn't be that good, right?  Wrong.  The beer would put up reasonable competition against some of northeast Ohio's heavy hitters.  Here is what we had:

Style: American Pale Ale
ABV%: 6.2
I thought this was a crisp and classic pale ale.  A nice beer that went well with the BBQ burger I had.

High Five
Style: American IPA
ABV%: 7.5
A great beer on its own, but not paired well with beer.  Super hoppy and a standard IPA.

Overall, Lagerheads excels in beer but lack in the food.  I wasn't sure what to expect from a brewery in the middle of nowhere, but I guess I wasn't completely let down.  I would give it another shot because the beer was good enough to do so.

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