Lager Heads BBQ Smokehouse

Episode 056 of ‘I Can Do Another 12’ features Lager Heads BBQ Smokehouse

Lager Heads BBQ Smokehouse sits on a quiet road next to the Rocky River in Medina, Ohio. When you pull into the dusty gravel parking lot, you know you’re at a legit BBQ smokehouse. The air is smoky, feeling a little thicker once inside. The menu features all the greatest hits, but their whole smoked wings are legendary—I scored them 9.8 on the “I Can Do Another 12” Podcast, Episode 056.

About Lager Heads

Established in 2004, Lager Heads BBQ Smokehouse is a family-owned restaurant located in Medina, Ohio, renowned for its award-winning barbecue and craft beers brewed on-site.

Dining Experience:

  • Offers dine-in, pickup, and outdoor patio seating options
  • Serves delicious smoked meats like pulled pork, chicken wings, and brisket
  • Menu also includes burgers, sandwiches, salads, and sides like baked beans and corn muffins, which receive rave reviews
  • Full bar with a rotating selection of craft beers brewed in-house, as well as domestic beers and ciders


  • Operates its own brewery on-site, offering a seasonally rotating list of craft beers
  • Popular brews include New Hempshire IPA, Lagerona Mexican lager, Winter Mischief amber ale, Barnburner German lager, Oktoberfest Marzen, Half Moon Hefeweizen, Abbeyville Triple Belgian ale, Sunshine Blue blueberry ale, and Savage Stout

Service and Atmosphere:

  • Praised for outstanding service from knowledgeable servers who have sampled the menu
  • Relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere with a rustic, farmland vibe
  • Located in a somewhat remote area surrounded by open spaces and countryside

Catering Services:

  • Began offering catering services in 2008 for special events and business meetings
  • Introduced onsite Pig Roasts in 2023

Overall, Lager Heads BBQ Smokehouse is highly regarded for its delicious smoked meats, exceptional craft beers, friendly service, and unique rural setting, making it a popular dining destination in Medina, Ohio.

Lager Heads Brewing Company: A Craft Beer Paradise for Every Palate

Nestled in the heart of Ohio, Lager Heads Brewing Company is a haven for craft beer enthusiasts. Their extensive and ever-evolving tap list boasts a diverse selection that caters to every taste and preference. Let’s dive into some of their most popular brews:


  • New Hempshire: A New England-style IPA that defies tradition with its smooth, less bitter profile. Bursting with tropical pineapple notes, it’s a juicy delight. (34 IBU, 5.7% ABV)


  • Lagerona: A refreshing Mexican-style lager brewed with flaked corn for a crisp, clean finish. Perfect for a warm afternoon. (17 IBU, 4.8% ABV)
  • Barnburner: A classic German-style lager that showcases the perfect balance of malts and hops. Expect a smooth, bready character with subtle herbal notes. (27 IBU, 6% ABV)
  • Oktoberfest: Raise a stein to this traditional Marzen-style lager, brewed with rich German malts for a toasty, caramel sweetness. (28 IBU, 6.1% ABV)


  • Winter Mischief: Warm up with this full-bodied amber ale, infused with local honey and a festive blend of spices. (34 IBU, 8% ABV)

Wheat Beers:

  • Half Moon Hefeweizen: Experience the delicate flavors of this unfiltered German wheat beer, with hints of banana and clove from traditional yeast strains. (17 IBU, 5.3% ABV)

Belgian Ales:

  • Abbeyville Triple: A complex and potent Belgian-style golden ale with a symphony of spicy, fruity notes. (36 IBU, 10% ABV)

Other Styles:

  • Sunshine Blue: Embrace the hazy sunshine with this summer ale brewed with fresh blueberries and a hint of ginger. (17 IBU, 5.0% ABV)
  • Savage Stout: Indulge in the velvety smoothness of this oatmeal stout, where rich dark chocolate and coffee flavors intertwine. (27 IBU, 6.4% ABV)

Why Lager Heads Stands Out:

Lager Heads Brewing Company excels in crafting beers that span a wide spectrum of styles, ABVs, and IBUs (International Bitterness Units). Whether you’re a hophead, a malt lover, or seeking something unique, their diverse offerings ensure there’s a perfect pint waiting for you.

Visit Lager Heads:

If you’re in Ohio, make sure to visit Lager Heads Brewing Company and experience their craft beer mastery firsthand. Their taproom is a welcoming space to savor their creations and discover your new favorite brew.


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