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Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Maumee Bay Brewing CompanyMaumee Bay Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.89/5
Based on:
68 Beers
889 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

27 Broadway
Toledo, Ohio, 43604
United States
phone: (419) 243-1302

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4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Living in NWOH now I guess this is my hometown brewery. That's not a bad thing though. This place is super cool. It's a great brewery set up in one of the coolest buildings in the coolest part of Toledo downtown. It's a historical building made all of brick and wood with old settings and fixtures. I love the architecture of the whole place. When you go inside there's lots of space and places to sit either at tables, booths or the bar. Or you could sit in one of the very nice rooms next to the main room. One is an old ballroom and one has a view looking out at the MLK brisge if I'm not mistaken. That room has a view of the brick ovens too along with green glass and stained glass windows and dividers. There are 10 taps I think. I like the beer here and this brewery is really bringing it. I understand they didn't use to be all that great but now they have beers that are good to fantastic. The food is delicious and I like the way they cook it. Burgers pizza apps and dessert, it's all good. The service is always friendly and usually quick. The only time I ever went and it wasn't quick was when it's really busy. They also know the beer there. It's always annoying to go to a restaurant and the server doesn't know the beer. It's 100x worse at a brewpub. But everyone here knows the beer and every one seems to have a favorite. They have to try all of them as part of the job and I agree with that. The value is also very good. Most pints are around 4 bucks and some are less and they also offer some as 12 oz pints or 10 oz snifters and let you choose which.

Photo of Jay43613
2.43/5  rDev -38%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

The brewery is in an old warehouse that is part of 3 restaurants. The wood-fired pizza is pretty good to eat, along with the appetizers (if they have them in stock). The quality of beer would not warrant my return for the pizza though. There are plenty of pizza bars in the area that serve on-craft brew that is pretty close to what you're going to get for beer selection.

Photo of watzo99
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Came in from Detroit (about an hour drive) and stopped here to check out the brew pub. The atmosphere and service were both excellent. We were there shortly after opening at 3pm and it was very sparsely populated. The paraphernalia on the walls will entertain and possibly even educate you.

I had their Rye Level Double IPA in a snifter (very nice) as well as their regular IPA (a good, respectable IPA). Also had the giant pretzel appetizer which could easily feed 2-3 people (it's HUGE) and a cup of chili, which was excellent (perfectly spicy!). Cannot comment on the entrees or other food on the menu, but the overall pub experience was a good one and well worth the time to check this place out.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stop # 336 on my world brewery/brewpub tour.

Visited in the late evening for dinner with a coworker who order what turned out to be a massively delicious piece of carrot cake as an appetizer. May have been the highlight of the visit.

Second attempt at visiting Maumee. The first time my beer buddy and I were denied on a Saturday afternoon which I thought was odd to be closed at a time like that.

It's located in a large historic brick building in a "quiet" part of downtown Toledo. Not much going on in the area but was quite busy on this Thursday night. Nice view of the vintage brewing gear and and plenty of breweriana to take in as part of the atmosphere.

Took a while to get my first round of samplers (as well as the carrot cake). Lots of bartenders but they all appeared to be chatting up patrons sitting at the bar.

Beers I went with...
Pale
Blood Orange Hefe (sounds better than it is)
Red Ale
Blitzen (leftover holiday ale with cinnamon on glass rim)
Rye 2 x IPA
Dry Irish Stout (best beer of the bunch)
Chocolate Cherry Porter (complete with cherry sprinkles)
Breakfast Stout

The beers were mostly average and I'm still not sure how I feel about the cinnamon and sprinkles as special effects on my beer. Samples were $.75 and $1.00 which was nice.

We also split a pizza which was pretty good.

Photo of buckeyerob
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my hometown brewpub which I visit on a weekly basis. Quality of both beer and food is very good to excellent. Favorite beers include:IPA, Glass City Pale Ale, Amarillo Brillo(double IPA) and right now they have a very good Irish Red. There is a seasonal brown out right now(cant remember the name) and 2 other seasonals are coming in the next few weeks. Buckeye is an old Toledo favorite. IPA( bombers) and Buckeye(12 packs) are bottled and sold at retail establishments. Thursday is growler refill night and they have pizza specials on their release party days. These are not advertised very well but they do happen. Food and service has gotten much better since the new management team took over! Brick oven pizzas, greek salads, burgers, and ribs are some of my favorite foods. They have excellent potato chips and pretzels if you're looking for a snack. Flat screens are in the bar room and there is a separate dining room. Building itself has a great feel to it-very old, lots of beer "stuff"all over the place. If you show Walleye or Mud Hen tickets they will give you 15% off your bill(they did in previous seasons when they were not as busy not sure for 2011 Mud Hens). If in Downtown Toledo check out Maumee Bay Brewing Company!

Photo of tat2dhllblly
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This is one of my favorite places to go and spend time with family and friends!!

The atmosphere is great with the beer history stuck in every nook and cranny. It is great just to spend time looking around and seeing every bottle, glass and can. I find a new one that I did not see the time before everytime.

The beer has always impressed. The only one that I never cared for is their Buckeye Beer. All of their other offerings are imaginative without being to radical to fall outside of the style guidelines. Special marks goes out to their DIPA and Barleywine!!! My wife loves their Hazelnut Porter.

the food has never disappointed. From the appetizers to main courses is great. Their personal wood fire pizzas will never let you down.

The staff is always friendly and helpful.

I suggest going on a Monday night and playing their free bar wide Trivia game and enjoying some great beer and company!!

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited the other night with a few of my employees. Out of the box a little disappointing - Buckeye, Octoberfest and the amber were out. How do you run out of your signature beer?

Atmosphere was pretty cool. Brewerania all over the walls from the brewing history of Toledo. Very high ceilings, gives it a wide open feel. Very inviting.

Quality was hit or miss. IPA and Kolsch were good. Glass City Pale Ale was infected or else they had dirty lines.

Bar service was very good. Food service was slower then molasses in January, as noted by several of reviews. Also, kitchen got my steak wrong, but the bartender/waiter was quick to take it back for me. Then took forever to get another one, which is marks off because I ordered it very, very rare.

Beer and food menu selection was good. and the food, when I finally got to eat, was very good.

Prices were pretty good too, not too expensive. Two beers, a growler, and a steak for $40.

I'll be back.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Located close to downtown, but in Toledo you're kind of close to everything anyways. I have been through Toledo many dozens of times, typically only stopping for the occasional Tony Packos meal, but this place could make the city more liveable!

The building is old looking, and the brewpub is located upstairs (you can take the open central stairway or an elevator to the right). Copper brewing equipment is on display as it should be at every brewpub, and the brick walls are covered with vintage beer memorabilia, tons of cans that I don't recognize, all looking to be pre-war and from extinct breweries. They look nice, I'd love to cover a wall in my beer shrine with such antiquities.

The majority of the seating is at tables. The bar runs the length of one of the walls, maybe 15-20 ft long with seats for about 10 people. About 8 house beers, one for each style (IPA, porter, kolsch, hefeweizen, and so on). Amarillo Brillo is now a year-round beer but it was out when I stopped by, to my dismay.

If you're in Toledo for a night you do yourself a dis-service not to stop here.

Photo of greenfeet
4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I made a point of stopping here on a road trip East because it's close enough to I-80. Sitting at the bar for a mid-afternoon early dinner, I bartender was friendly and efficient, the food was good, and the beer was quite enjoyable.

Beer cheese soup and Mushroom parmesan soup was both delicious. The pizza was tasty and not messy. The beer sampler displayed a really nice range of styles. The hazelnut porter had a pronounced, but not unpleasant, nutty overtone. The Amarillo Brillo double IPA is a featured beer and was quite nice, but I preferred their regular IPA.

I definitely plan to make this a regular stop on my next pass by on I-80.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Despite the low rating, may not mistake- we love Maumee Bay!

The beers are fantastic (pretty large selection, loved the Amarillo Brillo DIPA and the regular IPA; enjoyed the barleywine but didn't love it as it was too raisin-y) and the atmosphere is great.

What a cool place, seriously! All the old brick walls, the patio with the lights and the live music and the breeze... cozy and cool, not noisiy or crowded, laid-back. Would spend hours here if I were a local.

Maumee Bay gets low points for food, service and price. The food is greasy, average and damn expensive. Service is awful- the waitress/bartender did not want to work and we had to pretty much serve ourselves, this being an empty bar on a Friday night. She also didn't know much about beer. Hopefully it isn't always like this?

Finally, price... expensive!!! Five beers and two sandwiches came up to $50 plus tip. For Toledo (and considering the bad service), this is WAY crazy.

Still, despite the criticism, I would go back to Maumee Bay/Oliver House. As I said, the beers are great and the atmosphere is great. That's good enough to have me back!

Photo of buschbeer
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This was my third microbrewery on my way back from the Michigan spring game. This was by far my favorite. It is located at the Oliver House.

I walked in and was met by brick walls and shelves on the right hand side on which were perched vintage beer cans. The place was clean and appeared pretty nice. The bartenders were very friendly and helpful in beer descriptions.

I tried the hazelnut porter, barley wine, and Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout. They were all good beers, but the latter was absolutely delicious. I had to get a growler of that. The growlers were very low priced. A lot of growlers went for $7.50. Of course my selection was $18, but that is in line with a lot of brewpubs.

I did not eat, but my friend ordered some riblets. The bartender said that they looked overcooked and went back and had the chef make a fresh batch. I thought that was a very classy thing to do. EDIT: I did eat on my second trip and the food was amazing! I was even more impressed on my second trip. Very friendly staff.

Overall, I was impressed with this place. I will have to make this a stop on my way to and from Michigan.

Photo of craigo19
4.47/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Atmosphere - Typical Brewpub atmosphere with a few tv's with sports usually on. Could use a game area, but they have Mutz in the same building that serves the same beers.

Quality - The beers have come a long way since I have been going there for two years. Buckeye beer is still horrible, but it is a good gateway beer for the BMC drinkers. Their best beer of the year round offerings is their IPA. Not as good as Bell's Two-Hearted, but comporable to Great Lakes Commadore Perry. Glass City Pale Ale is very drinkable not as good as Sierra Nevada, but still very good. The newly released Fallen Timbers Red is a good hearty Red Ale. Willy's Wheat is an average wheat beer. The Double IPA goes down smooth, it is loaded with Amarillo hops. The Strange Brew ESB is another good gateway beer, much better than the Buckeye Beer. The Blitzen Christmas beer is a half step down from the top Christmas Ales. The one knock against most of their beers is that they tend to overcarbonate them, but that has recently started to improve.

Service - I have always had great service there. Tony the bartender takes good care of the customers and the waitstaff are always seeing that the customers needs are met. Plus you can drop off a cornelius keg to get filled by the brewers if you catch them there otherwise they will have it ready for you the next working day.

Selection - Fully stocked bar and wine offerings for the non-beer drinkers and they do have BMCs in the bottle available. They usually run 7 or 8 different beers on draft and with the exception of Buckeye they range from a B to an A+ on a grading scale.

Food - The wood fire pizza is what they are known for and it is delicious. The beer cheddar soup is also a must try. The rest of the menu is standard pub fare.

Value - Standard growler refills are $7.50. The barleywine and double IPA are more expensive. The food is a little on the high side, but not as expensive as Great Lakes in Cleveland. The best deal is they fill a cornelius keg for $29 for most beers, obviously the barleywine and double IPA are more expensive.

All in all this is nice gem for the Toledo area.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Maumee Bay Brewing Company is located in The Oliver House; a historic building in Down town Toledo, Ohio.

The Oliver house is the oldest building of its kind in Toledo dating back to the Civil War era. It is a very unique building with many lower-level halls and "cubby" holes that I am sure were used for other reasons back in time.

The entrance is grand. Large wooden doors lead to a vaulted foyer. You enter the Brewery and restaurant via a rounded stairway which ends in an upper level foyer. The bar area is simply beautiful with nice tables and a wooden bar. There are well over a thousand collector beer cans cased on the south hall wall that leads to the restaurant seating. You can also view the beer holding tanks from the upper level. Beautiful stainless steel vessels!

There is a wide selection of brewed on the premises beers to choose from and the variety changes periodically throughout the year and season. There always tends to be a mixed crown of patrons; some regulars, some out-of-towners and some there to take in some local brew before heading to the mud Hens game.

This is a very fine establishment to frequent for good food and good locally brewed beer.

Cheers!

Photo of Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

From the moment you get there, while you're still outside, you begin to appreciate the feel of the place. Part of a beautiful warehouse complex called Oliver House, the charm of it hits you immediately. You go below street level to an open area down a flight of stairs to get to the first door. There's a lot of walkaround, from one point to the next to the next, but it's not too difficult to maneuver and signs frequently point you to your destination. The beer memorabilia that you find when you make it upstairs gives a museum-like feel, or that of a place where beer is known and loved. Very interesting to study for a few minutes. The place is rustic but modern at the same time, a great beer pub atmosphere. To get in you walk past the glass-enclosed brewing center with all the vats and machines, which you can see wherever you're sitting inside the pub itself. Brick walls, wood floors and a wood bar add to the vintage feeling. The beer list is very respectable and the brews are very nice. When I was there (and I was told this would remain so) there were two guest beers on tap as well. They also avail themselves to the general public by having available but not too openly advertising your typical domestics. I had the Glass City pale ale, which is a good, respectable PA, and the Oliver House Porter, which was fantastic. It seemed like it should have been a seasonal or a Christmas beer. The food is also quite good. I've never seen onion rings as large as the ones here, and they were delicious. They also have great soups and meals. The service is quick and the girls seem pretty knowledgeable. Even with a good crowd my wife and I were checked on quite frequently. Two TV are also there, but placed in such a way that they don't take away from the atmosphere of the place and they don't divide your attention some you find at some places. The prices were also very reasonable. We were surprised that our bill wasn't higher. Overall, this is a fantastic place with some great beers, food, service and ambiance and I'd love to hang out here pretty frequently.

Edit: Since this review, the following changes have been made, so my score has likewise been revised:

Amarillo Brillo DIPA, Brewed Witch Barleywine, and Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout were all released, proving the brewing has improved to the point that they can now brew to a quality they simply couldn't before.
Glass City Pale Ale, a good, middle-of-the-road sort of APA, was entirely replaced in the lineup with a higher quality APA, Summit Street Pale Ale, again proving an increase in brewing prowess.
A very good new American Amber/Red ale was brewed.

Dure to these changes my score for quality has increased from 4.0 to 4.5
5/18/2011

Photo of AltBock
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Maumee Bay is located near the heart of downtown Toledo near the Toledo Mud Hens stadium. You can't miss this place because it's housed in two turn of the century tall brick buildings. There is a small free parking lot in front and an even bigger free parking lot across the street. When you walk in through the big wooden doors, you walk into their small foyer. There's 2 large cabinets on your right that are filled with new and old glassware, a small fountain with a metal heron in front of you and what I believe is the dinning room on your left. I'm not sure what room it was because it was boarded up for some reason. Maybe it's because of the Christmas season. Also in front of you are 3 flights of old wooden stairs. Vintage Buckeye Beer memorabilia adorn the walls along the stairs. Once you reach the top of the stairs, you walk into the foyer of the brewpub. This small room is like a small beer museum. The walls are decorated with vintage beer signs and posters from around the country and the world. Along the walls are large cabinets that are filled with vintage beer memorabilia like bottle openers and lighters, as well as vintage beer bottles from all around the world. Once you get pass the beer museum, you'll walk into the brewpub itself. The first thing you'll see is their small brewing operation behind glass. After that you'll find out that this brewpub is in a very large open area with wood floors, brick walls, an old bar, tall and short wooden tables, about 3 booths, 6 or so flat screen TVs, and more beer memorabilia. This time the beer memorabilia consists of beer trays and old beer cans. There must have been 1,000+ vintage beer cans along the right side wall. There were another two rooms in this large room. One had a refrigerator full of Buckeye Beer and I think the back room was another dinning room. There was plenty of room to move around in here. The bar however was small. It could probably sit 10 people comfortably. Beautiful wide open area.

The service here was pretty good. Maybe it was because there was only 4 other people at the bar and we were the only ones that weren't at the bar. It did seem that it took a while to get our beers. It was probably due to the fact that I had ordered their Cask Ale. It was at this point when the manager came over and asked if we were being served. That means they have somebody checking somebody. The food came right out, but it was the beer that took a little bit of time.

I probably shouldn't base the food review on 2 appetizers and soup, but I will anyway. Their menu didn't have anything out of the ordinary. It consisted of the usual family restaurant style of food. That means they had burgers, salads, appetizers, and a few entrees. We ordered the wings with their house sauce. The sauce was lightly sweet and spicy at the same time. It was good! I thought the sauce was good until I had their beer & cheddar soup. That was one of the best damn cheddar soups I've had. I tasted like melted cheddar with a subtle touch of beer. I would love to have that soup again!

Their beer selection consisted of 6 to 7 house taps, one cask IPA, and no guest taps. When I was there, they had their Buckeye Beer, Pumpkin Ale, Belgian Wit, Glass City Pale Ale, Tripel, and Oliver House Porter all on tap, and then an IPA on cask. The Buckeye and Pumpkin were OK, the Tripel and the cask IPA was really good, but there was something horribly wrong with the Belgian Wit. It didn't look like one, it didn't smell like one, and it certainly didn't taste like a Belgian Wit. The color was too pale and it smelled and tasted like vinegar. That wasn't right at all. When we complained about it, they gladly took it away and gave us a new beer, the Pumpkin Ale. It was OK, but it was definitely better than the Wit.

If you're in Toledo and looking for a beer museum as well as a good brewpub or you're just thirsty after a Toledo Mud Hen ball game, then you better head on over to Maumee Bay Brewing. If you do go, give your taste buds a treat and order the beer & chedder soup.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Walked in here last week at lunch, but I was there to drink since I work midnights, and I've been planning a trip here with my Toledo buddy for some time. The decor was very nice, with the brick and old beer paraphernalia throughout. Service was not bad, but was off a bit. Maybe they're not used to the lunch crowd that doesn't eat, but the ambiance behind the bar was tense and uneasy, and the locale seemed wrought with confusion...a party of businessmen waited for their friends outside the main area on the second floor, and there was no one else in there except the two of us, and we wanted to drink.
The wait staff was very polite and knowledgeable about the regular and seasonal offerings. We ordered a raspberry wheat and a saison that had won a recent contest. The saison was quite good, but the wheat was hard to finish. The prices were reasonable, and I bought an attractive pint glass with the heron on it. I enjoyed our trip here, and would like to try it again in the future in the evening hours, but I was not overly impressed.

Photo of gixxerman
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Up the steps and you can admire tons of beer memorabilia. A nice mix of old and new cans, bottles, tins, ect.. Everything represented from micros to long defunct breweries, both national and local. At the top of the stairs you are greeted by the brewing equipment prominently displayed behind a large glass window.

Oh, the upstairs is open to the public, unlike the older review, they must have reconsidered the decision to cut it off.

They had 7 or 8 of their beers on tap, everything from the IPA to the oatmeal stout.

I had 3 oatmeals and tried their pumpkin ale offering. The oatmeal was dead on, not too heavy, very drinkable and what you would expect from a good oatmeal stout. The pumpkin did not disappoint, it was also nicely executed.

It was Monday evening and I was one of 3 patrons at the brewpub. Despite this beer conversions were quick to start, and it was a very enjoyable time. We covered everything from beer to politics and gobs of subjects in between. The bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable.

I had the Italian sandwich and onion rings, a mix of recommendations from the patrons and bartender. Everything was fresh, tasty, and pretty damn cheap. The beers are only 2 bucks each - quite a bargain.

They have two 60 inch plasma at each end of the bar. They will honor your viewing requests.

I hope they are still open next time I go through Toledo, I will definitely be back. I am not sure if I was there on an off night, but this place deserves more local support. I know if it was in my neighborhood there would be a decent crowd their every night!

Don't miss it if you are in Toledo.

Maumee Bay Brewing Company in Toledo, OH
89 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.