Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
4.53/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
10-24-2008 02:01:15 | More by gixxerman
3.76/5 rDev -4.8%
Visited on a Friday afternoon just after opening.
Atmosphere: The building is beautiful, meticulously restored and loaded with breweriana. Mutz, the sports bar, was our destination and sits with the brewing room just off the top of the stairs.
Quality: The place was empty (it was 4PM on a work day), making the large cavernous building seem bigger. Service was friendly and the beers were good.
Service: Our waitress stopped by regularly and only missed one beer that we ordered.
Selection: Seven beers were on tap. I got around to trying the IPA (on cask), pale ale, saison and oatmeal stout. I was generally pleased with all of them.
Food: We ordered one appetizer, hard to judge based on that so I'll mark it N/A.
08-16-2008 02:21:36 | More by akorsak
3.45/5 rDev -12.7%
Visited last Friday right at 4pm when they opened.
Atmosphere was impressive as I have never been here before. There are 2 floors: the 1st floor houses a restaurant and the 2nd floor houses 3 additional restaurants along with a bar/brewery that houses all the beer taps and brewianna.
We sat at the brewery/bar area. They had 6 beers on Tap along with a cask IPA. They had an Imperial Rasp Wheat, Oatmeal Stout, Pale Ale, Kolsch, Pale Ale and Saison. I had a sample or a pint of all of them. The Stout(pint) was too watery and thin and very sweet. The Pale Ale (pint) was OK, nothing special. The Kolcsh was spot on and something I could easily drink all night. The Imp Wheat was impressive(sample), though at 11% abv could only have 1. My favorite was the Saison. This was made with sugar and 7 different spices. I never have tasted quite a Saison like this and really thought it was unique. Service was bad to OK, especially since they were not busy at all.
I would definetely go back especially during happy hour with 2.50 pints.
08-13-2008 23:22:47 | More by Kolsch
2.65/5 rDev -32.9%
What can I say...it was my idea to give it another try tonight...and it was not what we expected.
As of October 12, 2007, they have completely shut down the very large upstairs to the general public, which was the main dining area with a very nice bar and oodles of breweriana everywhere. We were told by the hostess that it is now only available for private banquets and parties.
They have reinvented the old Oliver's Pub on the 1st floor into the main eating area, which seats about 50-60 I would say (no barstools at the stripped down bar either). The Mutz bar in the basement section adjoining this area by a hallway is still a bar, not alot has changed there. It's kind of a dive. But now they have renamed the entire downstairs venue Mutz.
Menu has been cut back to the bare minimum and is kinda pricey for what you get. We ordered a cheese puffs appetizer, way overpriced for what you got. Almost everything is fried. The servers were attentive, and almost a little pushy about placing a food order.
Fortunately, the "Grand Reopening" weekend special was 6.50 pitchers, so we inhaled 2 of the cask IPAs...still an excellent value at 8.75/pitcher regularly vs. 3.50 per pint. The other beers are nothing to write home about.
Reflecting back to the way this place used to be when it first opened, it has really slipped. The beers used to be something really special and the food was once exceptional. It was nothing to have to wait a very long time for a table, even with multiple rooms upstairs and down. When the original head brewer left and the original head chef left, things began to change and not for the better.
Our opinion is they need a new business plan, a new menu and more aggressive marketing, as well as better beer. I don't see how they can downgrade it much more...when I think back to what it used to be, it is SO freaking SAD. NOTE: This is the only non-chain microbrewery left in the Toledo area.
We do feel the need to support it occasionally just for the cask IPA beer, no other reason...
10-13-2007 19:05:58 | More by hoppybeers4me
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
Stopped in for dinner on a Saturday night during college football season, so most of the people were in the bar downstairs. The place is set up like a typical brew pub with the equipment upfront and on display for everyone to see and the rest of the place is filled with lots of local beer relics. We weren't serviced fast even though there was not a lot of people in the resturant. THe menu did not have a lot of choices, but what was on it was very good. The chicken carbonara was excellant. There was 6 beers on tap from either the pub or the local area. I had the sampler for $4.50, which was six shot glasses with the beers on tap. All were neither very good or very bad. I also had a pint of the cask conditioned IPA which went well with my buffalo chicken. All in all a good place to eat.
10-02-2007 21:38:17 | More by Homerbag
4.55/5 rDev +15.2%
I stopped in here w/ HellsBells24 after stopping at The Andersons and before the Mudhens game. We definitely made a great choice stopping here.
Atmosphere: This has the best atmosphere of any brewpub I've ever been too. The building was old school brick and has been around since the 1850's. This place is like a museum for old beer signs, lights, bottle, glasses, cans, openers, etc...I've never seen such an amazing selection of old signs, bottles, beer memorabilia. If you have been drinking beer for a long time, you will see some things you haven't seen in a while. There are a few TVs on the wall and by the bar and the brewing equipment is visable from all parts of the bar and sitting area.
Quality: Everything we had here was high quality. From the beers to the food to the service, all of it was top notch.
Service: The service was very good. The bar tender gave us a few samples of the beers not part of the sampler, our beers, water, food all came out real quick. The bartender was knowlegdable of all the beers, which was nice. They also have a shuttle service that is free to the Mudhens games (you just have to tip the driver). They drive and pick you up right in front of the stadium. The driver was going to recommend some places for us to check out if we were staying in town for the night.
Selection: They had a nice selection of beer and food. For the beers, they had Buckeye Beer (a very nice lager), a pale ale, a Centennial IPA on the hand pull, a malty red and vienna lager, a saison, and a oak aged cherry stout. We took a growler to the cherry stout to go. All of the beers were good, especially the stout, buckeye, and IPA. They had a nice and reasonable food menu that had plenty of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pizza, and a few main dishes. We split a chicken, pepper, and pesto pizza and a pepperoni, spicy sausage, and green pepper pizzas. They were some of the best pizzas I've had at any restaurant and were very reasonable at 8.95 each. They had a beer for everyone....light, hoppy, malty, etc....They also had a full bar for the non beer drinkers.
Food: The pizzas we had (also above) was very good and reasonable.
Value: Like I mentioned above, the prices here are quite reasonable. All the food was under $10 except for the main dishes and the beer was $4.50 for a six beer sampler, $3.50 for a pint, or $8.75 for a pitcher.
Overall: This was one of the best brewpubs I've every been to and I've been to some nice ones. The atmosphere was the nicest, and the food and beers were very good too. Anyone going through Toledo or wanting to make a day trip (stopping at a few beer stores too), this is worth the stop. Its also not too far off I-75, which is nice. Highly, highly recommended.
08-19-2007 18:45:17 | More by northernbrews
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
I stopped here for a late lunch on a return business trip from Michigan.
The building that houses the brewery is exceptional. It is part of an old complex of brick buildings. You walk down a small flight of stairs to the main entrance to the brewery. When you enter you are greeted by a hostess who directs you to the main bar and restaurant on the second floor. (Their is a sports bar on the first floor but it was closed.)
There is a great collection of breweriana displayed on each floor as well as up the stairway and in the bar.
The main bar has a collection of antique cans on the wall, a display case of old bottles and glasswear, and a great collection of old beer signs on the walls and behind the bar. Even the small hallway to the restrooms has two display cases of antique bottles.
I tried the sampler and all the beers were good according to style but not exceptional. They had a pale ale, a lager, a stout, a saison, an IPA, and "Buckeye Beer". The IPA was on cask and was clearly the best of the bunch. I had a full one in addition to the sampler.
They had a nice selection of food and it was good.
I didn't check it out but there was a large dining room beyond the bar room.
If I lived in the area I would spend a good deal of time here. I really liked the atmosphere.
I would recommend this place and will definitely return if I am in the area again.
07-16-2007 02:46:03 | More by cueball52
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
Sampled all their beers. They were all good.
The Cask IPA was exceptional!
Buckeye Beer, is a Czech Pilsener. I would call this a three point seven five out of five.
Dry Stout, is a Irish Dry Stout- I would call this athree point seven five out of five.
The rest were all three point five out of five
Easy to get to right down town. I wish I knew more about this place. They need a web site. I was staying down townand went for a jog and "stumbled" upon it. Glad I did.
People who worked their knew beers!
Pizza looked realy good. I didn't try it, but a couple who was sitting at the bar said it was excellent. Only had time for the six samplers and two IPA's.
Look forward to going back when I have more time.
05-30-2007 03:01:13 | More by chipsbr
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
I stopped by this place on my way to points east. For those of you on the road and interested in stopping in, I found this place to be a very easy detour from the Ohio Turnpike (I80/I90). It took me no more than 10 minutes from the highway.
I'd never been to Toledo before. The city wasn't too much to look at, but the building that the brewery was in was pretty cool looking.
The hostess let me into the bar (and the bartendress served me) 10 minutes before they opened which was nice of them. She seemed busy and not very chatty, but was quite pleasant. The atmosphere of the place is very cool; it is an upscale restaurant, but you have to walk by the aging tanks to get the bar upstairs and the walls are strewn with all kinds of beer memorabilia...pretty cool.
I only had one beer, the cask conditioned IPA, which was quite good. I sampled the root beer (also made on site), which was also quite good. I wish I had more time to spend here, but unfortunately I had a timetable to keep! Perhaps I'll get to it again on the way home.
12-23-2006 21:12:02 | More by BeerBelcher
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
Stopped in a couple weeks ago.
Matt the bartender was knowledgeable, friendly and knew his beers.
The beer selection was fine and, unlike many brewpubs I've been to in the region, they weren't out of any of their styles.
I had the IPA, Stout and samples of much more. Everything tasted great, the stout was excellent. The others were all good examples of their styles.
Food selection was a little disappointing with mostly pizza and bar type food, but the nachos were quite tasty.
The staff was friendly and efficient. I highly recommend this place.
12-03-2006 04:21:26 | More by masterbruewer
Maumee Bay Brewing Company in Toledo, OH
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.