Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
3.65/5 rDev -7.6%
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!
08-16-2010 05:58:56 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
10-15-2006 02:43:03 | More by Dogbrick
3.76/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
09-17-2010 10:21:10 | More by TurdFurgison
3.33/5 rDev -15.7%
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)
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)
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.
03-27-2012 20:58:32 | More by Yetiman420
3.76/5 rDev -4.8%
Visited on a Friday afternoon just after opening.
Atmosphere: The building is beautiful, meticulously restored and loaded with breweriana. Mutz, the sports bar, was our destination and sits with the brewing room just off the top of the stairs.
Quality: The place was empty (it was 4PM on a work day), making the large cavernous building seem bigger. Service was friendly and the beers were good.
Service: Our waitress stopped by regularly and only missed one beer that we ordered.
Selection: Seven beers were on tap. I got around to trying the IPA (on cask), pale ale, saison and oatmeal stout. I was generally pleased with all of them.
Food: We ordered one appetizer, hard to judge based on that so I'll mark it N/A.
08-16-2008 02:21:36 | More by akorsak
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
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!
10-01-2003 01:20:22 | More by AtLagerHeads
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
I stopped by this place on my way to points east. For those of you on the road and interested in stopping in, I found this place to be a very easy detour from the Ohio Turnpike (I80/I90). It took me no more than 10 minutes from the highway.
I'd never been to Toledo before. The city wasn't too much to look at, but the building that the brewery was in was pretty cool looking.
The hostess let me into the bar (and the bartendress served me) 10 minutes before they opened which was nice of them. She seemed busy and not very chatty, but was quite pleasant. The atmosphere of the place is very cool; it is an upscale restaurant, but you have to walk by the aging tanks to get the bar upstairs and the walls are strewn with all kinds of beer memorabilia...pretty cool.
I only had one beer, the cask conditioned IPA, which was quite good. I sampled the root beer (also made on site), which was also quite good. I wish I had more time to spend here, but unfortunately I had a timetable to keep! Perhaps I'll get to it again on the way home.
12-23-2006 21:12:02 | More by BeerBelcher
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
05-06-2005 22:06:46 | More by goodbyeohio
4.53/5 rDev +14.7%
Up the steps and you can admire tons of beer memorabilia. A nice mix of old and new cans, bottles, tins, ect.. Everything represented from micros to long defunct breweries, both national and local. At the top of the stairs you are greeted by the brewing equipment prominently displayed behind a large glass window.
Oh, the upstairs is open to the public, unlike the older review, they must have reconsidered the decision to cut it off.
They had 7 or 8 of their beers on tap, everything from the IPA to the oatmeal stout.
I had 3 oatmeals and tried their pumpkin ale offering. The oatmeal was dead on, not too heavy, very drinkable and what you would expect from a good oatmeal stout. The pumpkin did not disappoint, it was also nicely executed.
It was Monday evening and I was one of 3 patrons at the brewpub. Despite this beer conversions were quick to start, and it was a very enjoyable time. We covered everything from beer to politics and gobs of subjects in between. The bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable.
I had the Italian sandwich and onion rings, a mix of recommendations from the patrons and bartender. Everything was fresh, tasty, and pretty damn cheap. The beers are only 2 bucks each - quite a bargain.
They have two 60 inch plasma at each end of the bar. They will honor your viewing requests.
I hope they are still open next time I go through Toledo, I will definitely be back. I am not sure if I was there on an off night, but this place deserves more local support. I know if it was in my neighborhood there would be a decent crowd their every night!
Don't miss it if you are in Toledo.
10-24-2008 02:01:15 | More by gixxerman
Maumee Bay Brewing Company in Toledo, OH
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.