PRINTABLE PDF The idea behind the name, Black Swamp Ale Trail, lies deep within the Toledo area’s rich history. The Great Black Swamp (also known simply as the Black Swamp), was a glacially fed wetland in northwest Ohio that ran to the Indiana border several thousand years ago. What was once swamp land teeming with frogs, mosquitoes, snakes and wolves, is now productive farmland and a perfect spot to establish an ale trail. Take a day, or two, and taste test some of the region’s best handcrafted beer.
4kd Crick Brewery, 211 Carpenter Rd, Defiance, OH
4KD Crick Brewery is Artisan Beer production facility specializing in Ale fermentation with a 3.5 barrel brewhouse and taproom located on the Eagle Rock Golf Club & Sweetwater Chophouse Property. From Grain to Glass we are a full-scale brewery, grinding our grain in-house prior to each handcrafted batch and blending it with hops and specialty yeast strains.
Contact: 419-576-5822, http://4kdcrickbrewery.com
Black Cloister Brewing Company, 619 Monroe St., Toledo, OH
Dedicated to making the world a better place one beer at a time. We utilize the best techniques, practices and ingredients to produce some truly original and tasty beers while staying true to our motto: “Brew good. Do good.”
Contact: 419-214-1500, www.blackcloister.com
Black Frog Brewery, 831 S McCord Rd., Holland, OH
A grassroots operation centered on making wholly unique versions of traditional beer styles, grown from one dedicated brewer’s goal to bring the ultimate drinking experience to all his patrons.
Contact: 419-389-7136, www.blackfrogbrewery.com
Bowling Green Beer Works, 322 N Grove St., Bowling Green, OH
Bowling Green Ohio's first nano-brewery. Brewing up the finest of beers, ciders, gruets and soda from all natural ingredients.
Contact: 512-299-2101, https://www.facebook.com/BGbeerworks/
Catawba Island Brewing Company, 2330 E Harbor Rd., Port Clinton, OH
A small production brewery on the beautiful Catawba Island on the shores of Lake Erie. Our Tasting Room boasts indoor and outdoor seating, a laid-back Nautical-Industrial atmosphere and live acoustic music.
Earnest Brew Works, 4342 S Detroit Ave., Toledo, OH
This brewer-owned and operated brewery and taproom is the vision of two homebrewers who want to share their passion for beer. The word “earnest” (serious intention) captures their attitude toward beer and brewing.
Contact: 419-340-2589, www.earnestbrewworks.com
Father John’s Microbrewery, 301 W Butler St., Bryan, OH
"Save the church!" Dr. John Trippy had a vision to save an abandoned, historic church in Bryan, Ohio, and to enhance the quality of life in and around Northwest Ohio. And thus Father John's was born! A restaurant, brewery, performance venue, sanctuary and more.
Contact: 419-633-1313, www.fatherjohnsbrewery.net
Findlay Brewing Company, 227 N Main St, Findlay, OH
We are a Nano Brewery in Findlay, Ohio featuring a variety of rotating beers. There are several locations where you can find us on tap in the Findlay community to enjoy our beer OR you can visit our taproom to fill a growler and purchase Findlay Brewing Company merchandise. We are currently offering growler fills only.
Flatrock Brewing Company, 621 N Perry St, Napoleon, OH
Brewery with an excellent selection of handcrafted beer, a full-service restaurant and growlers-to-go.
Contact: 419-966-1440, http://flatrockbrewery.com
Great Black Swamp Brewing Company, 26611 N Dixie Hwy, Perrysburg, OH
Microbrewery started by two home brewers who wanted to bring great craft beer to Toledo. With over 40 years of experience between them, they now offer a full line of craft beers at the taproom in Perrysburg and also distribute throughout Northwest Ohio.
Contact: 419-873-6101, http://greatblackswampbrewing.com
Kelleys Island Brewery (open seasonally), 504 W. Lakeshore Dr., Kelleys Island, OH
Great location on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie offering a variety of beers from Belgian style and English bitter, to American stout, nut brown and IPA.
Contact: 419-746-2314, http://kelleysislandbrewpub.com
Maumee Bay Brew Pub, 27 Broadway St., Toledo, OH
Established in 1995. Operates out of the Historic Oliver House creating delightfully drinkable ales, lagers, porters and stouts. Perhaps best known for brewing Toledo’s own Buckeye Beer, we are always concocting new surprises in our on-premise brewhouse.
Contact: 419-243-1302, www.mbaybrew.com
Neon Groundhog Brewery @ Majestic Oak Winery, 13554 Mohler Rd., Grand Rapids, OH
We produce in small batches so not all listed below are always available. We are growing at a rapid pace and currently updating equipment, recipes and looking to grow into distribution.
Contact: 419.875.6474, www.majesticoakwinery.com
North River Brewing Company, 1493 N Shoop Ave., Wauseon, OH
North River Brewing Company has an impressive list of beers on tap including approachable styles such as its cream ale and coconut brown ale to more complex offerings such as its flagship coffee stout and Hopulus Maximus, a double IPA.
Put-in-Bay Brewery & Distillery (open seasonally), 441 Catawba Ave, Put-In-Bay, OH
Opened in 1996, we are proudly the island's first brewery offering including wheat, stout, Irish red, IPA and seasonal beer. We are also proudly housed in a building that boasts over a hundred years of history.
Contact: 419-285-4677, www.putinbaybrewery.com
Upside Brewing, 5692 Main St., Sylvania, OH
Sylvania, Ohio’s first brewery born inside the J&G Pizza Palace using a one-barrel system. Great selection of different rotating craft brews with great food and service.
Toledo Spirits Company, 1301 N. Summit St., Suite 100, Toledo, OH
Toledo Spirits is a distillery that creates unique whiskeys, gins, and vodkas using regional ingredients and fierce ingenuity. Tasting room hours and sales by appointment; open every Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Contact: 419-243-7445, http://toledospirits.com