Fat Head’s Brewery, Beer Hall and Restaurant in Middleburg Heights has been recognized by the Ohio Economic Development Association at the 2018 Annual Excellence Awards in the Best Project category. The Best Project category recognizes outstanding and innovative projects in economic and business development that retain or generate jobs and investment. The Ohio Economic Development Association is the professional association for over 600 economic developers representing all 88 Ohio counties, and is the nationally recognized statewide authority on economic development issues. The Fat Head’s Brewery, Beer Hall and Restaurant project reflects a $20 million investment in Middleburg Heights, and is the result of a unique public-private partnership and local collaboration. Mayor Matthew Castelli and Director of Economic Development Charles Bichara presented the owners of Fat Head’s with the award. The City of Middleburg Heights initially attracted Fat Head’s Brewery in 2011, at that time beating Pittsburgh to be the location for the Fat Head’s production brewery. Since that time, Fat Head’s has grown in both capacity and reputation. Today, Fat Head’s is the second largest craft beer brewery by annual capacity in Northeast Ohio, and the third largest craft beer brewery in the entire state of Ohio. The City has worked with Fat Head’s Brewery over the past eight years to ensure its continued growth and success in Middleburg Heights.