Before glass, iron ore, oil, or the automobile, brewing was Toledo’s champion of commerce. By the late 1800s, 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!
To start our tour, go south on Broadway and turn left on Clayton Street/Woodville Road to head east over the Anthony Wayne High-Level Bridge. Start the narration for the next part of the tour as you approach the bridge.