Fat Head's Brewery will open a brewpub in downtown Portland, Ore., co-owner and brewer Matt Cole said. Fat Head's -- which operates a brewpub in North Olmsted, a production brewery in Middleburg Heights and a restaurant in Pittsburgh -- just signed a deal for a 13,000-square-foot space in the Pearl District about two blocks from Deschutes Brewery and Rogue Ales pubs, he said.
"The Pearl District is a pretty hip area right in downtown Portland," Cole said.
The brewpub -- which will have a similar feel and look as the Ohio brewpub with exposed wooden beams and brick -- will operate with a 10-barrel system. "We want to keep the batch size small so we can keep the beer fresh," Cole said.
He expects the new brewpub to offer 14 or 15 Fat Head's beers on draft, along with about 25 beers from Portland breweries. He leaves for Portland this weekend to set up a timeline for the opening, which is expected to be in the spring of 2014.
Fat Head's also announced earlier this year that it's looking to open a brewpub in Columbus. "We're still scouring that area [for a location]," Cole said.
The brewery also has yet to finalize an official opening date for its tasting room at the production brewery.
Fat Head's has received national acclaim for its beers, especially its Head Hunter IPA. Despite being open since only 2009, Fat Head's has won five medals at the Great American Beer Festival.