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Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Maumee Bay Brewing CompanyMaumee Bay Brewing Company
BA SCORE
89
very good

67 Ratings
Ratings: 67
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Active Beers: 66
Beer Ratings: 818
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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4.95/5  rDev +25.3%

Nicolette10895, Aug 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

riemster, Oct 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

leprechaunandfatman, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of tat2dhllblly
4.7/5  rDev +19%

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!!

tat2dhllblly, Dec 05, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +17.7%

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!

buckeyerob, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of northernbrews
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.

northernbrews, Aug 19, 2007
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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.

gixxerman, Oct 24, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

spikechiquet, Dec 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

styleisking, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of craigo19
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

craigo19, Mar 28, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

buschbeer, Apr 27, 2010
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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.

chipsbr, May 30, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

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

Brenden, Mar 01, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

BigRizz62, Aug 19, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

watzo99, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Thecasehead, May 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

WesM63, Aug 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Extrajoker00, Nov 21, 2013
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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.

masterbruewer, Dec 03, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Matthew1788, Apr 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

spoggy, Jun 05, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

This is by far one of my favorite brew-pubs anywhere in the midwest. Most brew-pubs tend to have more of a focus on the restaurant side of the business, brewing only a few common styles of beer such as a pale, a red, a stout, and a light. Indeed, Maumee Bay Brewing has these styles, plus many more styles such as a wonderful Kolsch, a delicious Vanilla Bean Stout, a delicate IPA, and more. The Glass City Pale and the Fallen Timbers Red are absolutely excellent examples of their respective styles. Next to the Maumee Brewing Company is bar called Mutz. I can see why some reviewers and older people would not care for this type of bar. However, I think that this is one of the best bars in all of Toledo. Its always fun with a lively crowd with a couple of pool tables, a shuffle board table, and a play station 2. There are plenty of peanuts and the only $5 pitchers on Thursdays, quite a bargain for quality craft brew. Yes, they do serve Bud Light, etc. but that helps keep the clientelle well balanced and a fun atmosphere.

Biere, Nov 27, 2003
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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Moondoggy68, Aug 15, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Amberluvsbeer, Oct 01, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +4.8%

The building that houses this gem used to be a pre-Civil War Hotel. Its now a brewery, sports bar, restaurant, etc. and does a fine job at all of those roles. Bob the manager was very friendly and gave us a few beer history lessons while showing our group around the "Beer Museum" and showing us the brew room. The beer selection is good, but not expansive and the wait staff was extremely attentive and friendly. The story of the building being actually "haunted" by ghosts, coupled with good beer and food, makes this a nice stop. I'll be back.

proc, Mar 14, 2004
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Maumee Bay Brewing Company in Toledo, OH
89 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.