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BA SCORE
96
world-class

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
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4040 Monroe St.
Toledo, Ohio, 43606
United States
phone: (419) 471-2669
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Reviews by nicholasofcusa:
Photo of nicholasofcusa
4.85/5  rDev +10%

Driving to the parent’s house in PA from MI I decided to make a few stops and check out the quality places I read about in Beerfly to pick up some brew not normally available to me. This was stop 1 of 2 in Toledo.
As soon as I walk in the door I was greeted by the guy working behind the counter asking if I needed any help, appropriately enough wearing a BA shirt. Long conversation about beer ensued. Their selection is excellent. Offerings from Weyerbacher, Bell’s, Founders, Stone, Great Divide, Great Lakes, Avery, Unibroue, Southern Tier, Three Floyds, DFH, lots of Belgians etc. No Alesmith though.
At one point the owner approached and talked me up for a good while, walking down the aisles picking up beers asking if I had tried them, making recommendations, telling me about the bar he was going to open next door, etc. Since none of my friends are BAs his lively banter was more than welcome. After I made my selections, he helped me carry my purchases to the car, then invited me back in to show me the basement storage areas and his entire stock of beer. He even offered to sell me a couple of (rare) beers from his private stash which weren’t out front for sale. I told him I planned to check out Joseph’s and Anderson’s after leaving his place, and he invited me to come back afterward and sample a few beers. However I had a long drive ahead and it was getting pretty late so unfortunately I declined.
I checked out Joseph's afterward, and their selection was considerably larger, though almost all the craft beer was unrefrigerated, whereas here everything on display was also in a cooler downstairs. Overall a great establishment.

More User Reviews:
Photo of david131
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

I had been wanting some Alesmith for a long time so I decided to make the trip to Toledo when I knew I was going to be in Ann Arbor. I called ahead the day before I was going down and this was the only place in Toledo that I could find that had some Speedway Stout. The guy I talked to on the phone (I didn't get his name, sadly) was nice enough to hold some bottles for me. When I got there, they brought out the bottles that were being held. They had quite a bit of Alesmith, some 3F, Bell's and some Belgians. The selection was not outstanding, but for a Michigan guy, it was cool to see a lot of stuff that I have not seen in any store that I frequent. A lot of stuff was in coolers and some was on shelves. The guys behind the counter (surrounded by bullet proof glass) were very nice guys and made good conversation. One of them was even wearing a BA t-shirt! Overall, Not the best selection around, but it's a worthwhile visit.

Photo of alexgash
3.3/5  rDev -25.2%

Stopped by on the way home from the wonderful Toledo Zoo. Picked this store based on beerfly reviews, but was disappointed by the reality of it. Small store with bulletproof cashier chamber (ugly). 4 beer coolers hold bombers and Belgians and some Germans, but the shelves were only half-filled. More coolers hold six packs and macros, but, again, these were only half-filled. Across from these coolers were shelves with micros and some imports at room temp. A lot of the bottles were dusty and some bottled dates (of non cellarable beers) were over a year old. Again, these shelves were only half-filled. It looked like the place was having a clearance/going out of business sale. What they did have was decent (Stone, Alesmith, Weyerbacher, Old Dominion, Thirsty Dog, 3F, Bell's, etc.) but not great (i.e. they only had some of the available offerings from these breweries). Imports were hodgepodge and scattered. The sales guy was nice, but didn't seem too knowledgeable. Prices were good relative to MI, although I would rather pay more at Bellovino (especially now that MI has Stone) and get better quality, service, and selection.

Photo of brotherfraz2
4.5/5  rDev +2%

I've been making the trek to Bailey's for almost 2 years now and I can't believe I haven't written a review yet, well here we go...

Bailey's is a small store that really cares about their beer. They are the most accommodating store in the Toledo area. All beer is available cold. If you want something special they will get it, if its available in the Ohio. Some of the beers they carry Stone, Three Floyds, Alesmith, Abbey de Rocs, Great Lakes, New Holland, Southern Tier, and Unibroue. Just about every time I go there they point out what is new to make sure I don't miss anything.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -9.3%

I stopped here on the way back home from Detroit last week, hoping to find something I hadn't seen before. It turned out everything they had was basically available to me already, but the selection was pretty good anyway.

I ended up not buying anything but decided to rate it mainly for anyone living in Detroit. For some reason Stone is not available it Michigan, but Bailey's had every current Stone beer available at standard prices (and just over the border from Michigan):

Arrogant Bastard 3.99
Smoked Porter 3.99
Ruination IPA 5.99
Russian Imperial Stout 5.99
Vertical Epic 06.06.06 6.99

Otherwise the selection was pretty good with lots of Unibroue, Bell's, maybe 30 Belgians (including a few Trappists), about 20 German beers, and so on.

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.85/5  rDev +10%

Got a wild hair up my ass and decided to make my first ever beer run. Since, Toledo is only an hours drive, I said what the hell. Thanks to Beerfly for directing me to this store. Easy place to find by way of mapquest. Huge sign out front, and also signs on the side of the building. Looks like an old farmhouse, parking on the side, kinda tight.

Beer stores in Ohio rock, all prices are on the bottles and also on the shelves. Never a doubt what each brew cost. Also, most prices seem to be a little cheaper than in Michigan. The kid working the counter was wearing a Bell's t-shirt, so I knew I was in good company. He was very helpful and pointed out some beers I should try. He is also a big fan of Founder's.

Good selection, lots of Mi brews, Stone, Great Divide, Alesmith, and a few from Three Floyds.(no Dreadnaught damn) Single brews are in the cooler up front. On the shelves are single six packs of each brew they have. The rest of their stock is kept cellared in the back, very nice!!!! Some Belgians not many. Prices were excellent. I can see a return trip in the future.

Photo of Realale
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

What a great store! I rarely have the pleasure of running across an owner who is: (1) so passionate about beer; and (2) so passionate about treating it right.

From the moment I walked in, Bill was engaged and ready to help or just talk about beer. He knew his stock incredibly well, and checked availability of products he didn't have twice for me. Bill also made clear, that I could call next time I would be in town, and he'd let me know what he had, as well as what was available, and would put together an order for pickup. Utterly over-the-top service.

The quality of the storage is about unbeatable as well. Almost everything is in coolers, either in the main level of the store or in a storage room. He has one six pack of each item in stock displayed on a warm shelf for easy browsing, which you're welcome to take, or he will grab one from the cold room that has never seen the light of day. Incredible. No out of code items were noted anywhere in the store, and I expect to upgrade quality to a "5" upon drinking more of the beers I purchased.

Selection was great. Others have noted the brands available. I did go the Anderson's afterward and noticed a few beers that Bill did not stock, but there were also several at Bailey's that were not at the Anderson's. Both great selections, but all, except a door or two of coolers, sits on warm shelves at the Anderson's, which tips the scale decidedly in Bailey's favor for this beer advocate.

Great store, and they're opening a pub next door which they expect to have 30 craft and fine import taps. Can't wait for my next visit to the Glass City!

Photo of SupaCelt
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

This place is nearly impossible to overlook. That is a huge factor for me in itself. I ain't got time to ride around looking for liquor stores. Actually, I do, but nevermind that! A huge Bailey's Beverage Center sign is, I believe on three of four walls, highly situated atop a somewhat tall brick structure. At any rate it is on both sides of the building that you see while rolling down the street in either direction. I just assume the front proclaims the name of the establishment just as the sides do, I never actually looked. A sign lower down on one side says "Free Beer Tomorrow!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA! Yeah right. Still sort of funny to a mind like mine. I had a hard time feeling out the socioeconomic status of the area, but once I walked in and saw the bullet proof cage surrounding the clerk's station (okay, it was prolly just plexi glass), I had a pretty good idea. It wouldn't hurt to pack your gat if you are going to Bailey's. All that crap was quality issues. I add the beer and the other crap like service to it for a weird derivative of quality. Sort of an overall type deal. Good in quality.

Service positively shines as compared to any place I have ever been. The clerk who I am fairly certain was the owner, as other reviewers have also surmised by the looks of it, was just a class example of service. He burst out from behind the counter and literally went on a ten minute tyrade about every beer he had in the cooler. Now, I really don't like it when these types try to recommend stuff to me as they have no idea what I like. This guy did that, but for some reason it didn't piss me off. I had sampled just about all of beers he recommended except Golden Draak. So, once I said I had never had it, he praised it like it was the piss of our lord and savior. Was that blasphemous? Sorry, God. At any rate he was there, he was in my face, and he made damn sure I saw everything and new that there were cold versions of the warm beers downstairs if I wanted them. He also claimed to have been on the Edmund Fitzgerald a few days before it sank. What else can I say? I wonder if he likes that Great Lakes Eddy Fitz. I should've asked him.

Selection was good. He had what I wanted which was Alesmith since I cannot procure that in my area. None of their IPA though which thoroughly upset my soul. Couldn't find it anywhere I went in Ohio. Okay, back to what was there: FFF Dreadnaught! 'Nuff said! Plus everything that is common to my regular joint was about a dollar cheaper than in Michigan. Just don't tell him that. He had a proper wall of sixers warm or cold as stated above. Many of the great ones. He had a few Belgians too. Again, these were cheaper than in Michigan. Solid selection. A really cool dude too. Only pisser was the scanty selection of singles which is big to me. Especially when I am coming in from outta town and not wanting sixers of everything that I wanted to try. Other than that, most definitely go here. Bring your heater for good measure. Times is tuff.

Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +2%

A few of us checked this place out on our first trip into Toledo for beer over the holidays. Beerfly reviews were the reason we stopped and we weren't disappointed at all. The owner was very personable and knowledgeable about his products. In fact, he steered us to a few excellent purchases that we wouldn't have otherwise made. It's a small, clean place, but it's packed full of excellent beer. Not the largest selection I've seen, but almost everything on the shelves was far above average. Any 6-packs were available off the shelf or from the cooler. We were here for Alesmith and Stone releases, including seasonals, and we bought nearly everything off the shelf. Great prices on these as well -- I haven't seen prices on Alesmtih or Stone this low outside of SoCal. Lots of (fairly) local stuff too. We picked up some Bell's, Arcadia, New Holland, Great Lakes, and 3 Floyds in sixers and bombers. We'll definitely be back once the credit cards are paid off!

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

I stopped by this place on a recent trip to Toledo.

You wouldn't go in here expecting it to be all about craft beer, but by god it sure is! I chatted with a guy (some to think of it, I didn't catch his name) whom I assume was the owner, and he was great to deal with, very friendly and approachable and most of all passionate about his beer, just what you like to see! Warms my hop soaked BA heart.

Selection was pretty good, lots of rarities and specialities that I didn't see anywhere else that day (and I hit a few of the major Toledo beer stops) Much of what he has is in coolers (yes, micros included) which is nice to see for a change. The owner went as far as to offer to order anything he didn't have as well.

Top notch spot, not as much in terms of sheer selection as the Anderson's or Joseph's, but the service is unmatched and as I said, he's got a lot of odd and hard to find brews.

Photo of BeerFink
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Stopped in for the first time yesterday, and found there is not much I have to add to the already great reviews for this place. I talked to a very friendly and knowledgeable guy (I assume it was the owner) for quite awhile about his selection. As it was said before, it is clear that he knows and loves beer and he is definitely willing to go the extra mile for customer satisfaction. He made some great reccomendations for me, and then offered to order anything that he doesn't currently carry. The selection is quite good already, and he refrigerates almost all of his micros, which is nice. Also, he doesn't buy huge volume so you know your beer will always be at its freshest. We need more places like this in Toledo.

Photo of Krist
4.85/5  rDev +10%

Just stopped in Bailey's for the first time today and all I can say is WOW.

Just as other reveiwers have noted, at first glance the selection here does not look anywhere near that of the Anderson's or Joseph's, but to me at least the service is leaps and bounds ahead of them. Talked with the owner for a good five to ten minutes and I have to say I am extremelly impressed. The man not only knows his beer but you can tell he loves it also. He stressed to me more than once before I left that they will gladly special order anything they can possibly get for you and he also made excellent recomendations on what I was looking for.

These are the kind of people that Toledo needs to really help expand our beer horizons.

Photo of Ellbert
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%

The service and the quality are top notch here. The people are way friendly and like to talk to you. They will order anything for you that is avaliable in Ohio which is great. They don't have as extensive of a selection as some of the other stores around here but they have some beers in stock that most places don't get.

All of the beers that are upstairs are in a cooler down in the basement, you only need to ask and they will get it for you cold.

Along with the beers they have a decent selection of wines avaliable.

A nice friendly neighborhood store.

Photo of frazbri
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

Bailey's is a great addition to the Toledo beer scene. They have alot of quality beers and a great amount in the cooler. Selections from Three Floyds, Stone, Bell's, Buckeye, Great Lakes, Youngs and more. They are willing to special order as well. What really sets Bailey's apart is the service. These guys are passionate about beer, and are extremely friendly. They have a parking lot on the west side of the building, and handicap ramps as well. Add this to your beer store rotation.
I'm just hoping for Toledo's beer bar scene to catch up with its quality beer retailers.

edit December 2006
I've lowered my score for Bailey's. It's still one of my go to places, but there have been too many out of stock items my last couple stops here. I hope this is just a road-bump for them, because I really enjoy talking with the crew here.

Photo of nomad
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Per the advice of the reviewer below, I checked out this store in Toledo and it will not be the last time I do so. Its an easy drive from Southeast Michigan and well worth it. First off, the service is truly great - knowledgeable, affable, and quick to serve the customer. I heard twice from two people, "And if we don't have it we'll order it for ya!", and then price at the state minimum. So 22 oz. bottles of Stone IPA are $3.79 and no sales tax? Absurd. Call ahead and they'll make sure they have what you want. Did I mention the prices? Blows Michigan pricing away, even on things brewed in Michigan (ouch!).

Selection is actually not that extensive, but the quality is bar none. Three Floyds, Alesmith, Stone, Anderson Valley at reasonable prices, and many of the fine Midwest locals. A little lacking in the Belgian area, but I guess they just opened, though the German selection is wonderful. I remember one of the staff saying he loves bocks and it shows - the German selection is very well manicured and I got some great advice on same obscure Deutsche beers.

In fact, it sounds like all the beers are tasted and thought deeply about before they sell it. Sure, there is cheap booze, too, but for a good beer this place goes the extra mile - as in all craft brands are available cold. Definitely a destination for the those within an hour drive.

Photo of benmiliron
4.85/5  rDev +10%

It's near Toledo Hospital, between Douglas and Central on Monroe St. This is T-town's new craft beer store. Awesome. Not an enormous selection, but Toledo has trouble supporting a huge selection anyway. Besides, they make up for it in quality. A lot of beers you'll not find at Joseph's or Anderson's. And EVERYTHING is available COLD! How cool is that?

The best part of Bailey's is clearly the owners. Just go in there and say you're a BA and you'll find yourself talking beer with Sue or Bill for longer than you'd expect. These two were very happy that I came in, and more than willing not only to order something they didn't have, but they promised to stock it from then on! (La Chouffe is on the way - drink it Toledo!)

Bailey's is definitely going to be my store of choice from now on.

Photo of BlueShirtMember
4/5  rDev -9.3%

I discovered this place a few days after they opened, thanks to an ad on WSPD. When I saw the place I was a bit disappointed. It looks like any other mini-carryout in town. However, inside is a different story.

The selection is pretty good. While not as extensive as Andersons or Josephs, they make up for it in quality. They have several different sampler packs. What's more, they're the only place in town that seems to understand that quality beers are ok to put in a fridge too, so if you want it, and they have it, its going to be cold.

What they lack in selection is made up for by the staff and perks. After five minutes in the shop the owner had me in his office reading his distributor's stock list and was more than willing to order anything I would buy. I'm not sure if other local shops do this, but they've never preemptively offered it. What's more, when I was last there they were giving glasses (mugs, pints, pils glasses) away very cheap if you made a purchase.

Bailey's Beverage Center in Toledo, OH
96 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.