Maumee Bay Brew Pub is one of several dining and entertainment hotspots within the warehouse district’s historic Oliver House, a former 19th-century grand hotel. Today, what was once the ballroom is now a classic brewpub with brick walls, beer memorabilia and views of the 500-gallon tanks.
Maumee Bay brews more than a dozen beers, eight of which are available year-round. The Buckeye is the signature sip—a light, crisp lager brewed using a recipe dating back to 1838. It’s also a perfect introductory craft beer, similar to a mainstream American lager, but slightly more sophisticated. Pints start at $2.50, pitchers at $7.50, and customers can purchase 12-packs and growlers to take home. The pub also sells sampler “paddles” –2-ounce servings of six different brews—a great way to taste-test the wares without overindulging. For teetotalers, the brewery also sells its own root beer.
The pub does offer a full menu, but the wood-fired pizzas with chewy crusts, heaps of fresh toppings and lots of bubbly cheese are the go-to grub. Design your own pie (starting at $9.99), or choose one of the gourmet options (each $12.99). Pizzas are big enough to feed two, but yummy enough to keep all to yourself.
The pub opens daily at 3 p.m. Reservations aren’t required, but tables can fill up quickly, even on weeknights.