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Maumee Bay Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Maumee Bay Brewing CompanyMaumee Bay Brewing Company
Based on:
76 Beers
1,172 Hads
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 45
Visits: 79
Avg: 3.91
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 Jay43613
2.43/5  rDev -37.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

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

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Photo of hoppybeers4me
2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
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...

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Photo of olacub
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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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Photo of Yetiman420
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stop # 336 on my world brewery/brewpub tour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We also split a pizza which was pretty good.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Kolsch
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Photo of frazbri
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Located right on the Maumee River in Downtown Toledo, and just a few blocks from Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens. This place has the most incredible display of breweriana I have ever seen in one place. It was like walking into a beer museum, beginning with the ground floor's old beer advertising signs. Upstairs was a great collection of old beer bottles and a pint glass collection, and just dozens of interesting beer novelties. I tried the IPA and the ale. They were OK, I've had better ales in Ohio and Michigan. I didn't stay long but wish I had, as it was a nice, friendly environment and one of the worst thunder storms I've ever driven through lasted from the time I left Toledo all the way to South Bend, Indiana.

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Photo of GimpyCane
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of brew4health
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

The brewpub/restaurant has a lot character. It is set in the second floor an old 19th Century hotel that also houses several other businesses, including a steakhouse, pastery shop, pub, restaurant and brewery. Each of these are very distinctive. It also contains a wonderful collection of beer memorabilia in the Toledo Brewing Hall of Fame & Museum. The glassed-in copper colored mash tun and kettle are the defining features of the pub. The Tap Room (bar) on the main floor (second floor) also has a mixed old world new world character with brick walls and new wood tables and chairs both raised and regular height.. The wood bar is located on the far wall with a large selection of spirits and booze in front of a large mirrored wall. They serve only Maumee Bay beers with 11 taps flowing, some regular, others seasonal.

Most of the beers are very good. For food, the specialty of the house is pizza, baked in a wood fired oven. The menu is pretty full featured and diverse, since it is adjoined by at least 2 resturants. I have sampled many items from the menu and found the food to be good but not great. The prices are very reasonable and I highly recommend this place for a good drinking and dining experience.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'll be back.

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Photo of marburg
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

A real nice spot in Toledo, which is, of course, just an hour away from many of the Detroit suburbs. Bob, the manager, and his staff accomodated a large group of 15 or so BAs this afternoon for beer and food. He also took us on a tour of their brewing facilities and talked a little bit about the history of the building, which now also houses the Toledo Brewing Hall of Fame and "museum," a sizeable personal collection of beer memorabilia from the past several decades.

The interior -- and exterior, really -- is nearly unparalleled in terms of character and charm. It's a two story facility with a beautiful decor that screams "comfort" -- and "beer!"

The beer is a bit better than average, though you can tell that they really take pride in it, keeping their facility as clean and nice as possible. The chow was pretty nice as well. Certainly no complaints. The selection is fairly limited -- 9 beers on tap -- compared to some of the larger spots I've been to lately. But this was a great spot for a nice pint.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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Photo of akorsak
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of AltBock
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

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Photo of cueball52
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

ate dinner and had beers. a fairly wide selection of styles, nothing crazy. all of the beer was solid, my favorite was the coffee stout. the food was good, and the service as well.

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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Maumee Bay Brewing Company in Toledo, OH
88 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.