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Buckeye Beer

Buckeye Beer

Bringing Buckeye Back Home

When you think of Ohio’s craft beer scene, you think about history.

One of the more interesting stories throughout Maumee Bay Brewing’s beer history originates nearly 200 years ago with the legendary Buckeye Brewery. Established in 1838, Buckeye Brewery was famous for its Buckeye lager and a beer called “Lite.”


MillerCoors, one of America’s brewing giants, eventually bought Buckeye Brewery because it wanted the rights to produce Buckeye’s “Lite” beer, but unfortunately, Buckeye lager was placed on the backburner as the company began focusing on production of their Lite beer. Fun fact: Miller “Lite” is now trademarked and is the only beer that carries that specific spelling.

Upon the birth of Maumee Bay Brewing Company, the owners noticed Buckeye lager had been pushed aside. Our deep connections and ties to Ohio mean a lot to us, as well to our previous owners.


They approached MillerCoors with an offer to buy Buckeye lager back, and it was accepted. We were bringing one of Ohio’s most storied beers home to Toledo.


Buckeye lager was officially back where it belonged: brewed and produced by a local Toledo, Ohio company. It remains one of our flagship beers to this day, almost two centuries later.

While historic and revered, Buckeye has evolved and changed over the years. We now have the full exclusive rights to produce the beer, but we’ve adjusted the recipe (slightly) to be more modern and inclusive of today’s highest-quality ingredients.


The new recipe is very similar to the original, but we’ve introduced a few new ingredients to make it taste even better. The next time you join us in the taproom, order a Buckeye lager. With the first sip, you’ll taste generations of history and the pride we take in brewing one of our region’s most beloved beers. O-H…!

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