When you walk into any of our locations, it’s obvious there’s a communal love for craft beer. From original lagers to bitter IPAs to creamy stouts, a well crafted beer is something anyone can enjoy. However, we don’t think this passion should stop here!
If you love craft beer and have a keen mind for business, you can get in on the action and start a franchise with Beerhead! We’re always looking for like-minded beer lovers to offer the authentic craft beer experience that we’ve come to love at each of our locations. It’s apparent when you walk into Beerhead that it’s not just another bar, and our 30+ years of experience has allowed us to establish what we like to call The Beerhead Advantage.
When you start a franchise with Beerhead, you get the proven business model that outlines every detail of this Beerhead advantage. The founders themselves will guide you through the Beerhead franchise process and will empower you to run your business effectively and efficiently. There’s no need to stress as we will walk you though the process of opening your Beerhead location so you can provide this genuine craft beer experience to the surrounding community.
To learn more about The Beerhead Advantage and available markets for starting a franchise, click here.
Enjoying the woodsy hop of a good NE-style IPA or the roasty, chocolatey perfection of a stout is one thing — owning your own business and serving those brews to paying customers is something else. But letting common misconceptions about craft beer franchises stop you is like drinking English ales ice-cold. Just don’t. There are select opportunities that quash these commonly held beliefs and practices.
- They’re all too corporate. It’s true that many franchise opportunities, even craft beer franchises, are cookie-cutter. Homogeneous. The McDonalds of beer. Thoughtfully engineered craft beer franchise opportunities is specifically designed to run as your neighborhood’s next favorite hotspot. Hyper-focused on local brews, local foods, flexibility, events, and local relationships with brewers, distillers, and suppliers, Beerhead locations become integral members of their communities. In many ways, it’s the best of both worlds: established systems, processes and support coupled with visibly local character.
- It’s difficult to forge relationships with brewers/merchants. Some craft beer franchises do make this mistake: they serve “safe” choices and never tap into (get it?) the vast potential of niche, local, and small batch brewers. Beerhead serves hundreds of beers and keeps the list fresh as tasty new varieties emerge and exciting new brewers come onto the scene. Offering these beers benefits customers, sure, but it’s good for local businesses too. Our “Beer Pro’s” spend countless hours cultivating selections that keep in front of the curve.
- Craft beer franchises only appeal to craft beer “snobs.” Sure. We love hipsters who help define “cool.” But under this proven business model, you can just as easily appeal to newbies who want to branch out from Bud. With an easy-to-understand menu, knowledgeable Beer Pros or cicerones (the beer equivalent of a sommelier), and Beer “U” (the higher education you’ve always wanted), Beerhead offers customers an approachable way to experience craft beer each visit. Plus there’s the food: Arti-goat dip to start and a Farmer’s Market pizza? Come on.
- Ownership is out of reach financially. You do need to make a significant initial investment (retail space, franchise fee, etc.). But we can introduce you to experts in franchise and small business financing so you can find and secure favorable rates and terms in order to make your dream attainable.
- They’re based on a flash-in-the-pan trend. Craft beer is hot today. But tomorrow? Does a craft beer franchise capitalize on a fad with numbered days? Nope. The craft beer market is worth more than $22 billion a year, and that number is growing. Craft beer’s appeal is solid and is one of the fastest growing alcoholic beverage segments, just like local cuisine and organic food. Why? It’s good. It’s authentic. It’s evolving. It’s enduring.
- Owning and running a franchise is complex. As a Beerhead franchisee, you’ll have access to incredible support. From site selection to initial training (including 10 days at a corporate location) to pre- and post-opening support to ongoing education and guidance, you’ll have the help you need to launch and run a successful business.
- Service and quality is secondary to revenue. Your customers come, and come back, when they receive exceptional service — and awesome beer. Strong revenues are a by-product of your commitment to excellence. Beerhead fosters a guest-first mentality.
Common misconceptions about craft beer franchises can keep you from tasting your dream. Don’t let them. Education is the best way to overcome them. Learn more about Beerhead’s franchise opportunities.
Spring has sprung in western Pennsylvania, and baseball fans are ready for the day they’ve been waiting all winter for. The Pirate’s home opener is a day full of celebration and hope for a winning season. Optimism radiates throughout the city as fans and businesses gear up for the Federal St. block party located right outside of Beerhead. With a winning season in 2015, there are high hopes for the Bucs this year and fans eagerly await the celebrations following a home opener win.
Come down and enjoy the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener at Beerhead and show your support as they take on the Braves just after 1PM on Friday! We open at 9AM and every staff member will be here!
Read more about the block party and the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener here.
Yes, we are all still crazy about Indian Pale Ales (commonly known as “IPAs”). Why? I dunno, maybe because they are so dang delicious. But regardless, whether you are on the IPA-train or not, it is undeniable that you can’t find an authentic beer establishment that doesn’t stock a slew of them in their coolers.
Did you know that the style was coined in a newspaper article in the Syney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser in August, 1829 (ref. http://zythophile.co.uk/2013/05/14/the-earliest-use-of-the-term-india-pale-ale-was-in-australia/). Yes, the same dudes who came up with Foster’s Lager were into the “IPAs” it seems! The term is a reference to the route in which the beer was shipped from England to India and identified the beer as having a higher alcohol content to preserve the tasty elixir for its’ long journey.
New to the IPA-world, however, are beers dubbed as “NE-style” IPAs. The “NE-style” refers to New England or Northeast (depending on who you ask) and is a new sub-style of Imperial IPA that is getting a lot of attention. Currently, the #1 IPA on both Rate Beer and Untappd is Julius, a NE-style IPA from Tree House Brewing in Massachusetts (which, incidentally, is both in New England and the North East). Other brands dubbed “NE-style” include Marz NE MDW Chi-PA, Hailstorm Stratus and the new Reply Hazy Try Again 16 oz can.
The distinguishing characteristic of NE-Style IPAs are their earthy, woodsy hop profile (a la Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA) versus the citrusy, piney, dank, resin-y hop profile of Pacific Northwest hops, like a Sculpin IPA. NE-Style IPAs use fruity, tropical hops (lots of sweet grapefruit, mango, and pineapple type flavors), combined with the addition of oats and wheat to the recipe, and then leave it unfiltered. The oats and the wheat create an incredibly soft palate that allows the hop flavors to be expressed as extremely juicy. They also create a lot of haze in beer — hazy to the point that it looks milky, kind of like pulp-rich orange juice. The haze comes from two things: i) it’s unfiltered, and ii.) the oats and wheat have a lot more protein than typical barley and those proteins create a lot of haze. The Marz NE MDW Chi-PA is the best example that we’ve seen of how hazy it should be. Anyway, that’s your quick synopsis on NE-style IPAs. They’re all the rage right now, so expect to see them more and more and go try one! Now you know.
Beerhead Bar & Eatery
As the East Bank Flats in Cleveland have undergone a transformation, we’re glad to be recognized as giving the community a bar they love! At Beerhead, we’re all about embracing the local culture, with our beer and the people around us. SCENE has named Beerhead the ‘best new bar‘ and we couldn’t be happier. Come in and raise a glass with us to celebrate!
Read the full article on SCENE here.
Sometimes we just like to talk about beer (a statement that is purposely understated for emphasis). There is no shortage of cool beers to talk about but there are some that are on our radar as especially cool and timely choices, at least at the time of this blog given that the craft beer market is oozing with innovation. So here are a few that we have showcased at our venues (Beerhead Bar & The Beer Market) that we find particularly interesting and worth a trip to anywhere that may have the good fortune of scoring these not-so-common brews.
A really cool beer to be tapped at The Beer Market Schaumburg is Zut Alors by Two Brothers located in Warrenville, Illinois. It’s Domaine Dupage aged in Cabernet barrels. Domaine Dupage is a Biere de Garde, which is also known as a French farmhouse ale. While France as a whole hasn’t given much to the beer world, northern France gave us the Biere de Garde. “Zut Alors” is a French phrase that is used like we would use “Darn!” (also purposely understated to be sensitive to sensitivities). Anyway, a Biere de Garde is a malt-forward beer with sweet malt flavors with earthy undertones that are achieved through aging. Domain Dupage won a gold medal at GABF for French Farmhouse Ales, so it’s one of the best in the country already. Those earthy flavors will pair perfectly with the oaky flavors from the Cabernet barrel. We are really looking forward to tapping this one this December.
We get our “undies in a twist” waiting for February to come for our Big, Bad Beer Night to arrive at The Beer Market Schaumburg. On the list for this annual tapping are Goose Island’s (Chicago, IL) Proprietors Bourbon County Stout, Prairie Artisan Ales’s (Tulsa, OK) Prairie Bomb!, Founders Brewery (Grand Rapids, MI) Lizard of Koz, Hoppin’ Frogs (Akron, OH) Rum Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S., Revolution Brewery’s (Chicago, IL) Hellalund, Tighthead Brewery’s (Mundelein, IL) Chocolate Malty Balls, and Crystal Lake Brewery’s (Crystal Lake, IL) Barrel Aged Barleywine … to name a few.
Here are some “deets” on these tasty, rare, wonderful brews:
Proprietors Bourbon County Stout is the rarest of this year’s variants – Imperial Stout aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels with ancho chilies;
Prairie Bomb! is an Imperial Stout with coffee, chocolate, vanilla and ancho chilies. It’s not barrel aged, but it’s one of the best stouts in the country;
Lizard of Koz is an Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels with blueberries, chocolate and vanilla;
Rum Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S is one of the most highly respected Imperial Oatmeal Stouts, aged in rum barrels – definitely a cool alternative to bourbon-aged barrels;
Hellalund is Revolution’s Batch 1000 beer, an Imperial Brown Ale at 13.5%, aged in bourbon barrels with orange zest. We tried this one in the taproom, it tastes just like an Old Fashioned cocktail and it’s absolutely incredible; and
Chocolate Malty Balls is an Imperial Stout with chocolate, aged in Buffalo Trace barrels.
Barrel Aged Barleywine is made with barleywine brewed when Crystal Lake Brewery first opened about a year ago. We are ready to try this Imperial stout resting in bourbon barrels for the past year ready for release!
If all this (and more) doesn’t make you think “yum,” check your pulse! And check back here for more about the wonderful world of delicious craft beer!
Beerhead Bar & Eatery / The Beer Market
At Beerhead, we focus on delivering the local community with a wide array of styles in order to appeal to different tastes, even the less seasoned beer drinker. Our friends at Food & Drink International had a lot to say about how we do things at Beerhead. They touched on the rotating kegs, our experimentation with food and cocktails, and just the overall experience they had when they visited.
Read the full article on food & Drink International here.
Casual beer lovers still will argue (over a pint of their favorite hop concoction) on whether a legitimate beer can possibly be enjoyed wrapped in a metal cage, or whether a regal glass bottle is the only way a tasty craft beer ought to be presented. Traditionally, the finer brews would not be found in anything but a proper glass bottle…never in a can.
The debate isn’t new but the views seem to have evolved. No longer are the craftiest of beers only found in dressed up bottles. As cans have gained ‘street cred’ the list of breweries making them available has been growing. So, what’s the fuss about you may ask?
The debate primarily centers on taste. The impression, for the naysayers, has been that metal cans taint the taste beer packaged in cans. In reality, cans have been lined with plastic composites since the late 1930s and those highly sought after draft beers are almost exclusively served in aluminum vessels don’t forget. Still, whatever the beer is stored in will affect the taste to some degree. Lifting a can to your nose will expose your senses to the scent of the can itself versus the non-fragrant glass bottle (tip: dip your hands in your favorite beer before lifting your pint!). Regardless of the impression, even the most seasoned drinkers have a difficult time distinguishing between a beer served from a bottle versus the same beer served from a can. We’ve tested it ourselves (unscientifically, but enjoyably) at Beerhead Bar & Eatery and it’s a push.
Other factors that stimulate the discussion is whether the precious ingredients contained inside these vital carriers are overexposed to the elements in bottles versus cans. Bottles are more permeable to light and air due to the transparency of the glass and the inferior seal of the bottle top as compared to the impervious pop tops. However, even though cans chill quicker than bottles, they also warm quicker since glass retains the temperature of the encased treasures more readily.
If the taste factor is basically moot, cans guard off the elements preserving the ingredients better, and the chilling /warming factor is a wash, why aren’t all beer served in cans? Cans are undoubtedly more convenient to ship, serve, carry, (or even hide, when necessary, but we would never promote that practice), stack, and stock.
Two reasons are holding cans back:
1.) main stream, less seasoned, beer drinkers aren’t completely onboard with the perception of cans being able to house a premium beer
2.) economics – the canning process requires a more significant investment.
So maybe it’s the can that gave PBR its panache after all, but for an entirely different reason than many could have thought (or thunk). Get your hands on a Beerhead canned favorite, like Six Point Puff, and we think that you will be convinced that cans are cool.
Flat Out Fridays in East Bank Flats allows the people of Cleveland to come hang out, indulge, listen to good music, and support a good cause. Our East Bank Flats Beerhead location was at the center of it all. Guests can come in and enjoy any of their favorite beers as they listen and indulge in all the activities.
Read more about this awesome series of summer Fridays here.
When we see an idea we love, we love to share it. Here’s one that peaked our interest — biodegradable fish-friendly 6-pack holders! Now that more and more great craft beers are available in cans, more and more great craft beers require those pesky plastic 6-pack carrying rings. Or maybe not. A craft brewery in Florida, Saltwater Brewery, has developed a brilliant solution to the old-school plastic 6-pack holders. It’s a biodegradable and edible carrying ring made from byproduct from the brewing process. Though you probably wont see the 6-pack carriers on our menu (yet?), fish and fowl alike can dine on these smart packages.
This is a novel solution to a growing problem that we hope to see soon. Who knows, maybe 6-pack “chips” are in our future? But, for right now it’s encouraging to know that these barley-based appetizers may help to further expand the delights of craft beer throughout the animal kingdom.