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Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Active Beers: 42
Beer Ratings: 614
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
phone: (419) 243-1302
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 42 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
04-26-2010 23:21:03 |
More by buschbeer
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.
03-28-2010 14:41:21 |
More by craigo19
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.
08-13-2009 14:49:47 |
More by GordonQuid
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
03-01-2009 13:39:25 |
More by Brenden
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.
12-21-2008 07:10:42 |
More by AltBock
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Walked in here last week at lunch, but I was there to drink since I work midnights, and I've been planning a trip here with my Toledo buddy for some time. The decor was very nice, with the brick and old beer paraphernalia throughout. Service was not bad, but was off a bit. Maybe they're not used to the lunch crowd that doesn't eat, but the ambiance behind the bar was tense and uneasy, and the locale seemed wrought with confusion...a party of businessmen waited for their friends outside the main area on the second floor, and there was no one else in there except the two of us, and we wanted to drink.
The wait staff was very polite and knowledgeable about the regular and seasonal offerings. We ordered a raspberry wheat and a saison that had won a recent contest. The saison was quite good, but the wheat was hard to finish. The prices were reasonable, and I bought an attractive pint glass with the heron on it. I enjoyed our trip here, and would like to try it again in the future in the evening hours, but I was not overly impressed.
10-28-2008 15:28:30 |
More by BoitSansSoif
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
10-24-2008 02:01:15 |
More by gixxerman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on a Friday afternoon just after opening.
Atmosphere: The building is beautiful, meticulously restored and loaded with breweriana. Mutz, the sports bar, was our destination and sits with the brewing room just off the top of the stairs.
Quality: The place was empty (it was 4PM on a work day), making the large cavernous building seem bigger. Service was friendly and the beers were good.
Service: Our waitress stopped by regularly and only missed one beer that we ordered.
Selection: Seven beers were on tap. I got around to trying the IPA (on cask), pale ale, saison and oatmeal stout. I was generally pleased with all of them.
Food: We ordered one appetizer, hard to judge based on that so I'll mark it N/A.
08-16-2008 02:21:36 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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.
08-13-2008 23:22:47 |
More by Kolsch
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...
10-13-2007 19:05:58 |
More by hoppybeers4me
Maumee Bay Brewing Company in Toledo, OH
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