Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Maumee Bay Brewing CompanyMaumee Bay Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.91/5
Based on:
77 Beers
302 Reviews
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 44
Visits: 77
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: n/a
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 dundeestalacerveza
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Vibe was 4.2.. just due to the fact that there were bartenders my girlfriend and I... Now I would give the 5 of us a solid 5 for having a kick ass vibe of our own. But I am in fact reviewing the bar. The beers were drank were really good, I had the Glass Hopper and the Blood Orange wit. And MI lady had the red said on and calypso lemon. The service was spot on excellent. And they had a nice selection of quality beers..
We didn't try any food...
I would recommend any and all go to Maumee bay Brewing... (507 characters)

Photo of tat2dhllblly
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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!! (904 characters)

Photo of buckeyerob
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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! (1,245 characters)

Photo of northernbrews
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (2,748 characters)

Photo of gixxerman
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (1,622 characters)

Photo of craigo19
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (2,131 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (1,124 characters)

Photo of chipsbr
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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 (2,720 characters)

Photo of watzo99
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of masterbruewer
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of Biere
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Amberluvsbeer
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,570 characters)

Photo of proc
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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. (546 characters)

Photo of GordonQuid
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (1,194 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of BeerFink
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of greenfeet
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,419 characters)

Photo of BlueShirtMember
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of cueball52
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,377 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This is a pre- Civil War building, beautifully preserved, updated with modern amenities, and well cared for. The original brick, exposed framework, and use of wood all make this a great housing for a brewpub. The main bar is of heavy oak with a copper top and all encased in thick epoxy. Exquisite and easily maintained.

The service here is quite good, but I found both the beer and the food to be wanting. Just something too average about both. A shame really because I could see GLBC making something huge of a venue like this.

The main barroom houses the Toledo Brewing Hall of Fame honoring the 10 home town breweries since 1840. This includes photos and drawings of those operations along with biographies and period stories of the brewing families. Frankly, I had never heard of any of them which explain why none of them seemed to survive past the first half of the Twentieth Century.

This location also houses huge numbers of cans, bottles, and beeriana from the past. Most of the collection was acquired at the sale of assets from the demise of Oldenburg. I was assured that the visible collection is small compared with what's in storage. Wow! (1,162 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,130 characters)

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (4,054 characters)

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Maumee Bay Brewing Company in Toledo, OH
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