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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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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.

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

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.

Photo of Kolsch
3.45/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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.

Photo of hoppybeers4me
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 2

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...

Photo of Homerbag
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

Photo of northernbrews
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of cueball52
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of masterbruewer
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Maumee Bay Brewing Co is located on Broadway right off the bridge. There is limited parking in a small lot and on the street out front, plus another gravel lot across the street. The building is a nice brick structure and the entrance is down a flight of steps.

Inside is one of the most impressive breweriana collections I have seen, with much of it devoted to the history of Maumee Bay. It is everywhere, not just relegated to one area. The bar is upstairs with many seats that offer great views of the bay. The lower floor is all restaurant seating.

Maumee Bay offers 7 beers on tap, from staples like Buckeye Beer, to a Dry Stout and all the typical offerings in between. They also feature a cask beer regularly along with a seasonal or two. The beers are also available in a sampler.

Service here was just fine on a slow early Monday afternoon. Our server doubled as the bartender and still had plenty of time to explain the beers and make food recommendations.

Pizza was what was recommended, and that was what we had. The brick oven BBQ chicken/carmelized onion pizza I had was stellar, and complemented the beer very well.

Being the only brewpub in Toledo alone makes this place a must-visit. While the beers are average for the most part, adding the great atmosphere, historic perspective and good food makes this place worth seeking out for any beer lover in the Northwestern part of the state.

Photo of GimpyCane
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Visit Maumee Bay with my wife and have a good time. We had trouble finding this place becauce it is in The Oliver House Restaurant Complex. Once we found the place, we went upstairs admiring all the beer artifacts. We sat at the bar and the bartender was very informative about the establishment and very attended.The beer was really good especially their cask condition ale. My wife had their wheat ale and was impressed. We ordered some apps. which were decent. Great place to visit for food, service and of course their really good brews.

Photo of Ellbert
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I have spent some time in both the bar Mutz and the resaraunt and this is a wonderful place. The bar is not as appealing as the restaraunt but the beer is good here. The restaraunt has a brewing hall of fame and a beer museum. It is very cool. All the beers here are quite good and the only handcrafted brews in Toledo. Definitely my favorite place to drink in Toledo.

I spent my time in the Bar section of the Brewing Company, this is called Mutz. I thought this was a very cool bar. It spanned a section of two buildings and had a courtyard that was in the middle of them with tables and kareokee. This was a bar if I'd ever seen one. Peanuts on all the tables, shells on the floor. The service here wasn't very good but then I guess you have to think, this is a bar, at least there is service. The food was ok, nothing to boast about. The beer was pretty good. My friend and I split pitchers on a thursday, $3.00 pitchers. We got their dopplebock and their pale ale. They were both pretty good. I would definitely go to this place again. I could definitely go for thier dopple bock again, and I will have to try their stout.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

maumee bay brewing company is located in the nice, touristy (if tourists ever came there) area of toledo. first let me say this town is an absolute pit of misery. this is a highlight, however, and adds some life to the downtown area here.

first, we went for food. the upstairs dining room is a bright, naturally-lit open space with 20 or so booths and 20 or so tables. the supposed 'view' does include a bridge and the bay, but mostly the oversized empty parking lot in the rear of the building. i had the 'spicy italian' wood-fired pizza.. it was good, not great (im a new haven native).. my sig. other had the "special", which was advertised as a seafood plate of scallops, lobster and some other nice seafood in a light garlic cream sauce. picture that in your head. yummy. well, when it arrived, the seafood was chopped to tiny bits and the sauce was thicker than sausage gravy. atrocious and a waste of (what probably wasn't) good seafood. i ordered a tripel after dinner.. came in an imperial pint, available in pitchers. 10.6%?!?!?!? i joked with the waitress about this and she got it, relaying the fact that the staff knows but they were never told to pour light and so thats how it is. service was good though.

the best part of this place is mutz, the attached lounge.. think it was mutz, or mugz, or something like that. right off of the dining room.. the best collection of brewerania i've ever seen in a bar.. vintage coasters, cans, bottles, growlers on display. even beer artifacts, including a bottle of the first beer ever brewed in toledo, found during the construction of the brewpub. nice high ceilings, comfortable couches.. not at all crowded.. pool table and small bar with lots of cool light-up signs behind it.

i would go here if i lived in town, will never detour again just to hit it up.

Photo of frazbri
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Maumee Bay is Toledo's original brewpub. I love the use of the old building. This is essentially three operations rolled into one. First is the main dining room. With a view of the high level bridge and the Maumee river, its a good setting for a romantic evening, or a nice family meal. The second section is the upstairs pub. Its still very nice, just a little less formal. Much of the breweriana colletion is in the pub. The final part is Mutz. Mutz is a dive bar, brewery hybrid. You can play pool, pinball, darts, or just relax. (and I don't mean dive in a negative sense) They all share the same kitchen and brewery, they just each have there own atmosphere.

The menu has your basic brewpub favorites. The full menu is only available in the main dining room, Mutz serves sandwiches, pizzas, and munchies. The wood fired pizzas are very good, the artichoke dip just average. The beer still can be a bit inconsistant. Last night, the stout was quite good, and the brown was okay. At Mutz, they have just two taps, but do offer the full beer line. (it takes just a little extra time to get em)

Overall, this is a good brewpub, and it has the potential to be great.

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is one of the nicest microbreweries/pubs I've ever been to. It takes residence in a pre-civil war era hotel among brick streets in view of the high level bridge and the Maumee river. The building itself is really gorgeous, and as close to original as you can probably get, original floors, ceilings and windows. The place is packed with Ohio brewerania and decorated very nicely. I didn't check out the downstrairs bar though so my experience is limited to the actual restaurant/bar.

The beer I've got to say is sort of run of the mill in terms of style and complexity yet still far above most places as it's fresh and very well made. The dubbel was particularly good as was the cask IPA. I'd like to see them branch out and really get more creative in their brewing, if they did I think that with the building they've got they'd really have something quite special.

The service was so-so, our waitress was not very friendly, in fact a bit "snobby" I'd almost go as far as to say, she got the job done alright, but the personal skills needed work. The bartender we dealt with after our meal though was much more friendly and approachable.

The food was quite uninspired, very plain and tiny portions and therefore overpriced. Maybe they just don't do lunch well as I've heard their dinner menu is quite good.

Overall this place is a nice place to spot by for a fresh pint and especially just to see the place, it's a very nice atmosphere. The beer as I said is good, but is a bit lacking in originality, with a little work I think this place could be a phenomenon.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I am re-reviewing Maumee Bay due to a recent visit. On the last trip I took there, the beers seemed to be hit or miss. It probably had something to do with them being near the end of those beers, and I have no idea how fresh they were. They recently changed their lineup and I was very impressed. I enjoyed their Pale Ale and Stout this time around, and was glad to see a Trippel on the menu with 10+ abv.

As before, the experience was marked by great food and an attentive server. The pizzas are a personal favorite, but their other foods are very good as well.

This is a great place to eat, and a part of Toledo history. The brewerania is incredible - so many historic glasses, bottles/cans, tap handles, etc. The view overlooks the High Level bridge, which is very nice. Its nice to have a brewery in Toledo working to make some respectable brews good enough to want to take a growler home.

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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This brewery is an historic one locally. The building is awsome, and their brewerania collection is incredible. Beer selection is a bit limited with eight total beers, two or three of which are changed out regularily. They do offer a sampler paddle with six of their beers on it. The food is great, and the portions are huge. Staff was so-so the last time I went, with food orders being slightly off (I asked for my steak to be medium, they asked if I meant med-well, I said fine as I prefer steak to be overcooked rather than undercooked, and I got it rare), but I think it was a particular staffer and not the business a a whole. The beer is pretty good, and I've brought a growler of their Rye home a couple times now.

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3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2

First, the atmosphere at Maumee Bay is among the best anywhere. The "Toledo beer hall of fame" is upstairs by the bar, and the collection of breweriana from around the country is very impressive. As for the beer, it's usually hit-or-miss here. The Hefe changes from year to year (and lately not for the better); the Pale Ale is decent (although always served too cold); the Brown Ale is nice; the IPA has been pretty good lately. Also, the Blitzen (also hit-or-miss), when good, is one of the better winter warmers in the area. The service is almost always very good here (which is a highlight), but the food has gone downhill in recent years.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Maumee Bay, at the edge of downtown Toledo, sits on the banks of the Maumee river. Located in this pre-civil war, three story brick building, is a atmosphere of beer, history and the respect for both. The building, beautifully preserved and brought up to the standards of today, is kept very clean with attention to detail in its decor. Inside you will find the Toledo Brewing Hall of Fame which showcases some 2500 pieces. Talk to Bob the manager ( who is very willing to show you around ) said they have another 5000 pieces in storage yet to be displayed. Also showcased in glass are the large brew kettles on the second floor. Overall a great collection of beer memorabilia.
The beer was good although ive only had two Buckeye offerings. The food was good. The service was as well though it did take awhile for the food to get to us. They were on top of the beer and they kept'em com'n. Overall a nice place to get to and return. Parking could fill fast but plenty extra accross the street.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of the neatest locations I've ever seen for a brewpub or micro. Location is old hotle that has been converted to a variety of industrial uses over the decades. Place has been converted to 3 different bar/restaurant combo's. The brew compnay has two levels with most of the action on teh 2nd level. Brew kettles is encased in glass with a cool spiral staircase with some storage tanks and grain mill on the 1st floor. Ss you walk into the 2 floor there is a sort of Hall of Fame of Toledo and Ohio brewing. Well worth the visit just for this. We were shown into a big well-lighted room in the back of the place with big windows looking at one the river. Overall beers were really pretty good with the 4 I sampled all very drinkable and within described style. If you're in Toledo please stop by and support them.

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