Before glass, iron ore, oil, or the automobile, brewing was Toledo’s champion of commerce. By the late 1800’s, and into the early 20th century, brewing was Toledo’s leading industry in terms of both economic contribution and employment.
In 1900, the city had 14 breweries. However, over a 150-year period, as many as 46 different companies either brewed or bottled beer. These breweries produced millions of barrels of lagers, ales, pilsners, porters and stouts.
Today, the Toledo area enjoys a vibrant micro brewing industry made up of more than a dozen local breweries. Craft beer continues its rise in popularity. There are a number of brewers here in downtown Toledo but now you can also go to Sylvania, Wauseon, Maumee and other surrounding communities to drink where the beer is made. For now, enjoy your tour!
Head to the Oliver House located at 27 Broadway Street to start our tour.