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Maumee Bay Brewing Company –
Place — Maumee Bay Brewing Company
27 Broadway Street, Apartment A
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Maumee Bay Brewing Company web site * Maumee Bay Brewing Company on Mapquest
Maumee Bay Brewing Company and Restaurant
can be found at 27 Broadway, at the corner of Ottawa Street, which
is only a few blocks from downtown Toledo. It's not far from Fifth
Third Field, the home of the Toledo Mud Hens, and not far from the
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am to 10pm * Fri 11am to
2am * Sat noon to 2am * Sun noon to 8pm
DESCRIPTION and HISTORY:
Maumee Bay Brewing Company and Restaurant
— Makes its home in a multi-floored, 1859 brick building,
which originally housed the former hotel, The Oliver House. This is
oldest building in the downtown Toledo, which has been beautifully
restored and revitalized to be economically viable; able to raise
monies needed for its upkeep and to make a profit.
Restored to its original beauty, one can
see the original lobby, with 30-foot-high ceilings and large
windows, which is now used as a private dining room, the enclosed
courtyard within its walls, and lovely 19th century woodwork and
atmosphere in one of the restaurants, Rockwell's.
The in-house brewery, located on the second
floor where the ballroom of the hotel used to be, produces ales,
lagers and specialty brews in the German tradition of
Reinheitsgebot. List of 29 beers — ratebeer.com
Tom and I stopped by for lunch on our 2007
road trip, and enjoyed some wonderful sandwiches and some great
beer! It has a high ceiling, and is a cheery, spacious room,
housing a pub and eating areas which are uniquely decorated with a
boat load of "breweriana from the Buckeye Brewing Company, the
best-known of the 10 breweries that operated in Toledo since
It is like a beer museum, as it has dozens of old neon and moving
signs, as well as displayed collections of beer cans, trays,
openers, crowns, bottles, etc.
The first floor is home to several private
dining rooms, which do have a more colder atmosphere. The lowest
floor in the basement is home to another part of the Brewery,
housing another pub, The Mutz, and the pool room.
The Oliver House Hotel was built by a
wealthy enterprising sea captain, William Oliver, and designed by
Isaiah Rogers, who became known as the "father of the modern
hotel." Aimed at a higher class clientele, the hotel offered first
class accommodations for the time, including private rooms, indoor
plumbing, gas light, and steam heat. This premiere Toledo Hotel had
a fine view of the "Middlegrounds, a railroad hub, immigration
center, and marketplace."
After 40 years as serving as a hotel, the
building was past its prime, and was sold to a new owner who turned
the building into a rooming house in 1900. In its 20th century
existence, this building also became home to a factory, probably
during World War 2, commercial and office space, and a coffee shop.
Sometime during its existence, it also became a flop house,
probably during the depression years.
During the 1980s, part of the building was
used as a studio for bands.
In the early 1990s, Michigan transplants
James and Patricia Appold fell in love with this now woe-be-gone
fixer upper opportunity. They spent the money to not only restore
this historic building's architecture and decor, but also in
renovating its structure into a place for businesses and living
spaces which put the building effectively to work. The Oliver House
building was converted into apartment lofts, meeting rooms,
restaurants, pubs and Maumee Bay Brewing Company, located on the
second floor, and in the basement.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
The land upon which the hotel was built was
an Indian burial ground. Oops!
An addition which was added in 1965, was
built on top of the bones of an Indian warrior chief, who's grave
was inadvertently dug up by a construction crew. They simply
reburied the bones and went about their business. When current
owners bought the building, they tore down the addition to make way
for a new renovation project, the bones were again discovered. They
called in the local Indian authorities who did a sage and tobacco
ceremony to calm the spirit.
This building was the dream child of an
enterprising sea captain, who built this high class hotel for the
elite and business classes, putting his heart and soul into this
enterprise. Guess who was delighted in the renewal and renovation
of his building in the 1990s?
During the Spanish American War, wounded
soldiers were brought by train and either recuperated or died in
the Oliver House Hotel's second floor rooms, which were turned into
a hospital of sorts. The basement may have been the make-shift
For a short period of time, perhaps during
The Great Depression, the hotel had hit rock bottom, becoming a
flop house which had plenty of drama, perhaps including a murder or
Renovation and restoration can sure stir up
the spirits in a building.
The entities first became really active
when the Appolds began to renovate and restore this grand building.
The entities made their presences known to the living.
The entity known as
the Captain — Is described as a benign, jovial
spirit who is happy with the results of the renovation, and
probably enjoyed a good beer while alive.
A psychic who had an office in the
building, would have to go down the staircase to the dark, creepy
basement to use the bathroom. One day, he saw the transparent,
stocky entity of the Captain in the hallway near the stairwell (now
an elevator shaft), who seemed pleasantly surprised that the
psychic could see him. After that, the psychic felt a protecting
presence whenever he had to use the facilities.
The Private Dining
Room — Formerly the lobby of The Oliver House. The
good-natured Captain likes to hang out in the old lobby area,
checking out his guests and the servers, who work in this area.
The floor boards creak under the weight of
an unseen presence.
Doors open and close by themselves. They
also become stuck for no apparent reason.
People get chills and feel cold spots in
People feel an unseen presence watching
Room — Located in the Basement.
During the first few years that the Appolds
opened up the pub-restaurant, their daughter and son-in-law helped
to run the business. When the daughter was in the private dining
room, she heard a cheery disembodied voice calling her name, coming
from the half-finished pool room, located directly below the
private dining room area.
The living have reported seeing the
Captain, dressed in his full uniform, enjoying the game of pool
Other Entities in the building:
Staircase: Traditionally, a favorite way to get chuckles
at the expense of the living!
The entity of a
lady — She could be from any period of time, but
most likely during the building's earlier history because she was
wearing mid to late 19th century/early 20th century attire.
Dressed in a long green dress, she was seen
coming down the steps of the second floor staircase, scaring a
delivery boy's socks off!
Foot steps of an
unseen male presence — Perhaps this is an entity of
a soldier who had died in the building.
A brick layer, while working on the
building during the 1990s renovation effort, fixed up an apartment
in one of the units, where he could stay during this work endeavor.
When going up the various staircases to get to his room one
evening, he heard the heavy foot steps of an unseen male presence
following up after him, which would stop when he stopped and
continued when he did. He made a hasty bee-line into the apartment.
Perhaps this is an entity of a soldier who had died in the
building, checking him out, in need of some chuckles!
Psychic Chris Woodward felt a lot of
uneasy, unhappy energy here, left over from some traumatic
experiences of the past, which could have come from disgruntled
Indian spirits, soldiers, or the flop house experiences.
The good Captain is still the building's
unseen and seen host, keeping a fatherly eye on the living.
Other unknown entities exist comfortably
with the living. While activity has calmed down, most of the
entities are still here. Hopefully, the Indian chief who was buried
under the outer building and the other disgruntled Indian entities
found some peace from the ceremony performed by their Indian
Ghost Hunter's Guide to Haunted Ohio
Reviews of Maumee Bay Brewing Company at Pubcrawler.com * Oliver House page on Forgotten Ohio.com (includes mention of Maumee Bay Brewing Company) * Toledo Ohio Vacation Guide – Lake Erie, Maumee River