2019 Beer Guide

. September 10, 2019.
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Crafts, drafts, bottle and cans, Toledo runs on beer. Not sure who’s slinging your suds? Meet these “lager than life” beer lovers.

Andrew Mancy

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The Stubborn Brother Pizza Bar
3115 W. Bancroft St.
419-720-1818.
11am-11pm, Monday-Thursday & Sunday
11am-midnight, Friday-Saturday
Stubbornbrother.com

If I don’t know what kind of beer I want, how should I figure it out?
Any beer will go with a slice of cheese pizza, so start with a light beer to wash the slice down!

What are your favorite local breweries?
Earnest Brew Works, Maumee Bay Brewery, and Patron Saints Brewery.

What’s one local beer everyone should have in their fridge?
Crunchy Hippie by Earnest Brew Works.

What little-known brew should everyone be drinking?
MacQueen’s Cider by Maumee Bay Brewing.

Why are Toledo beers so special?
Love the local freshness and our two tap takeovers with the local brewers have been a ton of fun.

What’s the fanciest beer in your fridge right now?
Son Of A Peach from RJ Rockers Brewing Co.— shout out to my Uncle George and Mancy’s Bottle Shop!

Predict what kind of beer people will be drinking one month from now, one year from now, and one decade from now.
I’m three beers into this interview and I have eaten too much pizza with it, so I’m not answering this last question. Its too hard and I’m going to go take a nap!

Taylor Kasten, bartender

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Mancy’s Italian Grill & The Bottle Shop
5453 Monroe St.,
Mancy’s Italian Grill: 419-882-9229.
11am-10pm, Monday-Thursday.
11am-11pm, Friday.
4-11pm, Saturday. 4-9pm, Sunday.
Bottle Shop: 419-824-2463.
11am-8pm, Monday-Thursday.
11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday.
4-8pm, Sunday.
Mancys.com

If I don’t know what kind of beer I want, how should I figure it out?
The best way to figure out what beer you want is to sample! We have Friday night beer tastings in the Bottle Shop featuring hand-selected craft beers.

What are your favorite local breweries?
My favorite local breweries are Maumee Bay Brewing and Earnest Brew Works.

What’s one local beer everyone should have in their fridge?
One local beer everyone should have in their fridge is Earnest’s Crunchy Hippie.

What are the strangest flavors you’ve ever experienced in a beer? Did you like it?
One of the strangest flavors I have experienced in a beer is jalapeno. I loved this beer! It was very easy to drink, the peppers were present without being overbearing.

Is there a beer trend that you’re really not into?
I do not care about sour beer. I think they lack a unique flavor profile, most of the sours I’ve tried all taste very similar to one another.

Predict what kind of beer people will be drinking one month from now, one year from now, and one decade from now.
IPA. It has become a staple for most beer drinkers, and I think it will be around a long time!

Michael Knight, owner

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Home Slice Pizza
28 S. St. Clair St. | 419-724-7437
11am-11pm, Monday-Wednesday.
11am-midnight, Thursday. 11am-2am,
Friday & Saturday. 1-11pm, Sunday.
Homeslice419.com

Why are you passionate about beer?
Beer is more than just an alcoholic beverage. It brings people together and helps make shared memories.

Should I pay attention to the IBU of a beer?
Absolutely. The higher the IBU, the more bitter or hoppy the beer is gonna taste.

What are your favorite local breweries?
Downtown is absolutely known for Maumee Bay and Black Cloister, but lately, Earnest Brew Works and Inside the Five have been making some incredible beers.

Why are Toledo beers so special?
Toledo beers are more than special craft beers, they show all the creativity and hard work all the brewers put into them.

What’s your desert island Six Pack?
1 Hot Blonde | Catawba Island Brewing Co., 1 Loose Cannon by Heavy Seas, and 4 Coors Light.

What does “quality beer” mean to you?
Quality is more than just good ingredients and great flavor. The integrity and craftsmanship of the brewers behind these beers mean a lot too.

What can you tell about a person based on the beer that they order?
No, but I can tell a lot based on how they order it.

Carlos Mendez, owner

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Cocina de Carlos
Perrysburg: 27072 Carronade Dr., 419-872-0200.
Waterville: 205 Farnsworth Rd., 419-878-0261. (Closed on Sunday).
Hours: 11am-9pm, Sunday-Thursday.
11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday.
Cocinadecarlos.com

Why are you passionate about beer?
It is interesting to discover new flavors with our food.

What are your favorite local breweries?
Earnest Brew Works, Maumee Bay Brewery and Quenched & Tempered.

What’s one local beer everyone should have in their fridge?
Funky Navel by Quenched & Tempered.

What’s in your desert island six-pack?
Wowie by Rhinegeist Brewery.

What does “quality beer” mean to you?
Strong and full flavor, nothing ‘light.’

What’s the fanciest beer in your fridge right now?
Victoria.

Howard Schnabel, owner

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The Casual Pint Toledo
3550 Executive Pkwy. | 419-469-8965
Toledo.thecasualpint.com

Why are you passionate about beer?
Casual Pint was an opportunity to become part of the local craft brew culture. I saw the ability to make the connection between the multiple small breweries and the public that was craving the chance to try new beers.

Why are Toledo beers so special?
100 years ago, breweries were common in most Toledo neighborhoods. Over time, these local breweries closed. At Casual Pint, we help local breweries get products to local consumers. I love building relationships with brewers, introducing brews to customers and meeting with customers to hear what they think.

If I don’t know what kind of beer I want, how should I figure it out?
Ask for a sample. More and more people in NW Ohio are willing to try local craft beers. There is a new appreciation of local craftsman and this market allows local craft beers to be available outside of the sampling rooms where the beers are produced.

What are your favorite local breweries?
I couldn’t pick. I support all the hard-working brewers doing what they love.

Shannon Mohr, sales and marketing manager

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Maumee Bay Brewing Co.
27 Broadway St. | 419-243-1302.
Hours depend on the venue.
Mbaybrew.com

Why are you passionate about beer?
Because it’s delicious… and it pays my bills!

Should I pay attention to the IBU of a beer?
If you’re new to drinking craft beers, I’d say you want to pay attention so you don’t wind up drinking something more bitter than you are prepared for. But, if you’re an old-timer like me, you may already know what you like and the IBUs aren’t as relevant.

If I don’t know what kind of beer I want, how should I figure it out?
Look to your palate for other flavors that you like, read the descriptions of beers, and, most importantly, try as many as you can!

What are your favorite local breweries?
Obviously Maumee Bay, but I’m also a big fan of Wild Side, Black Frog, and Upside.

Why are Toledo beers so special?
The same reason Toledo is special— there’s so much hometown pride behind our beers!

What little-known brew should everyone be drinking?
Dill With It (a cucumber-flavored gose-style beer on draft at Maumee Bay Brewing).

Is there a beer trend that you’re really not into?
I’m much more open-minded about styles now than I was a few years ago, so there isn’t a trend that I’m not into.

Jimmy Chen, manager

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Hong Kong Buffet
3015 Glendale Ave #300.
419-389-1888.
11am-10pm, daily.
Toledohongkongbuffet.com

Why are you passionate about beer?
Because beer makes me sleep easily

If I don’t know what kind of beer I want, how should I figure it out?
Buy an expensive one.

What’s the fanciest beer in your fridge right now?
Tsingtao.

What are the strangest flavors you’ve ever experienced in a beer? Did you like it?
Coors Light. I did not like it.

What’s your favorite food andbeer pairing?
Tsingtao with peanuts.

Predict what kind of beer people will be drinking one month from now, one year from now, and one decade from now.
Tsingtao.

David Joseph Jr., beer manager

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Joseph’s Beverage Center
4129 Talmadge Rd., 419-841-3000.
9am-10pm, Monday-Saturday.
10am-6pm, Sunday.
josephsbeveragecenter.com

Why are you passionate about beer?
No good story starts with ‘So I was eating this salad and…’ In all seriousness, beer is easy to be passionate about because it brings all kinds of people together. Do you ever count all the people cheering on a kegstand?

If I don’t know what kind of beer I want, how should I figure it out?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Here’s a little secret— I don’t get paid on commission so I’m not going to talk you into buying something I don’t think you’d enjoy.

What are your favorite local breweries?
In no particular order, I’d have to say my favorite three are Maumee Bay Brewing Company, Four Fires Meadery, and Earnest Brew Works.

What are the strangest flavors you’ve ever experienced in a beer? Did you like it?
I had a stout that has frozen pizza and money thrown into it while it was being made. It was pretty good but I’m looking forward to the Milkshake, Burger and Fries IPA in my fridge.

Is there a beer trend that you’re really not into?
Brut IPAs were a complete swing and a miss for me— but we carry everything at Joseph’s so I do have a few in stock if you’re looking!

What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
Natural Light and Ramen Noodles. Go Bearcats!