Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

27 Broadway
Toledo, Ohio, 43604
United States

(419) 243-1302 | map

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Photo of masterbruewer
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of GimpyCane
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Ellbert
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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 goodbyeohio
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
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 frazbri
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Gaisgeil
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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 BeerFink
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of BlueShirtMember
3.98/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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

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Photo of olacub
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
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 chilidog
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of proc
4.14/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of marburg
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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 ChappyCubsFan
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Biere
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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Maumee Bay Brewing Company in Toledo, OH
Brewery rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,527 ratings