Toledo Brewing Hall of Fame & Museum

Toledo Brewing Hall of Fame & Museum

Honoring an Era in Toledo History

Brewing was Toledo’s leading industry by the late 1800’s. It was our champion of commerce long before glassmaking, oil refining, and auto manufacturing.

Heritage

Beer lovers and brewers came to America as early settlers seeking new homes in the 19th century. Their tradition embraced festivals, music, dancing, taverns, and other activities in which beer played a key role. In Northwest Ohio, the brewers found an ideal location to continue these traditions especially considering the large segments of community coming from Germany, Poland, Hungry, Britain, Ireland, and neighboring countries. Beer and brewing in the Toledo Area thrived.

Location

Toledo Brewing Hall of Fame & Museum

A Collection of Artifacts Relating to Brewing & Serving Beer

The brew master will tell you, what you need to build a successful brewery is a good supply of grain, hops, and other farm specialties. These include: fresh water, up to date equipment, kegs for storing and distribution (nearby woodlands in earlier times), glass bottles (right here in the world’s glass center), refrigeration (previous to electricity, cellars along the banks of creeks or river, and most importantly, a market where beer is the traditional beverage or choice!

Entrepreneurs

Since Toledo’s birth in 1837 and until Prohibition, brewing moved steadily ahead as one of the city’s most important industries. Brew masters and administrators found ambition and success with their skills here in Northwest Ohio. Assets for production and marketing attracted many bastion breweries here, some on a small neighborhood scale and others with much broader goals.

The Most Successful Breweries in Toledo, Oh.

#
Brewery Name
Dates
Administrators & Brewmasters

1
Buckeye Brewing Company
1501 Michigan St.
1838-1972
Julius Kohleer, Dennis Coghlin, Otto Cummerow, & Richard “Red” Smith

2
Eagle Brewing Company
Michigan St. between Cherry St. & Walnut St.
1882-1903
Frederick Lang, Sr. & Frederick Lang, Jr.

3
Toledo Brewing & Malt Company
Hammilton St. between Division & 15th St.
1852-1899
Peter Lenk

4
Finlay Brewing Company
Corner of Summit St. & Elm St.
1866-1905
William J. Finlay

5
Huebner Brewing Company
Hamilton St. between Division St. & 15th St.
1896-1923
Jon “Johann” Huebner & James E. Pilliod

6
Grasser & Brand Brewing Company
Corner of St. Clair St. & Williams St.
1860-1905
Frances J. Grasser & Henry Brand

7
Home Brewing Company
Corner of Oak St. & Front Street
1903-1922
C. Rudolph Brand

8
City Brewing Company
26-34 South Superior St.
1911-1919
Charles K. Woolner

9
Koerbber Brewing Company
Corner of Oak St. & Front St.
1933-1949
William G. Koerber, Sr., Charles H. Koerber, & Arthur G. Korber

10
Lubeck Brewing Company
26-34 South Superior St.
1933-1938
Thomas H. Gardner

Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Corner of 27 Broadway & Ottawa St.
1994-Present
Jon Koester

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Toledo Breweries

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Buckeye Brewing Company: 41.665735, -83.521407
Eagle Brewing Company: 41.660409, -83.533773
Toledo Brewing & Malt Company: 41.643109, -83.549910
Finlay Brewing Company: 41.657315, -83.524375
Huebner Brewing Company: 41.643021, -83.549384
Grasser & Brand Brewing Company: 41.643117, -83.543419
Home Brewing Company: 41.647310, -83.526156
City Brewing Company: 41.648934, -83.538446
Koerbber Brewing Company: 41.648689, -83.524332
Lubeck Brewing Company: 41.648264, -83.538966
Maumee Bay Brewing Company: 41.643183, -83.538217