About Black Cloister Brewing Company

Our founding crew is composed of homebrewers and craft­beer lovers...and probably at some point, every homebrewer toys with the idea of opening a brewery. For Tom Schaeffer, such an idea grew into a dream, formed roots, and took hold. As a Lutheran pastor, Tom knew that the brewery needed to satisfy both the body and the soul. This wasn't at all unorthodox for Tom; in 2012 he founded the Glass City Mashers, Toledo's largest homebrewing club. Prior to that, he held a men's study in his living room, pairing beer tastings with bible studies. Now, BCBC will enable him not just to continue his ministry, but also to build a robust community in Toledo.

With nearly two years of planning, the concept for the brewery evolved and shifted, until it all came together with our historic building, a sparkling new brew system, and an enthusiastic staff. Situated in the thriving Warehouse District of Toledo, Black Cloister Brewing Company® hopes to be a part of the revitalization of downtown by attracting visitors and forging new bonds between businesses, organizations, and most of all, between people.

“Brew good. Do good.” isn’t just a catchy slogan, it’s the statement of our conviction that we can use our great craft beer for great purposes. We are dedicated to harnessing our success to help raise money for non­profit groups and worthy causes. Our first fundraiser was scheduled before our doors even opened, and we look forward to all the opportunities to give back that will come our way over the years. Founded by four Lutherans, giving a percentage of our profits back to the Church is also built right into our bylaws. Whether or not religion is your thing, we want to welcome you to come and lift a pint with us.

Beers made by Black Cloister Brewing Company

Chained Dog

Limited Release Belgian Strong Pale Ale


Limited Release Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Lil' Hussy

Limited Release Czech Pilsner


Limited Release American Stout

Helles Angel

Munich Helles Lager


American Blonde Ale

Nature's Breast

American Double / Imperial IPA

Pale Rider

American IPA


Seasonal Dubbel


Seasonal Hefeweizen

Finn McCool

Seasonal Irish Dry Stout


Seasonal Pumpkin Ale


Seasonal Berliner Weissbier


Seasonal Russian Imperial Stout

Knight In White Satin

Seasonal Witbier

Mary Mangolene

Seasonal American Blonde Ale


Seasonal American Stout

Mighty Samson

Seasonal Baltic Porter

Rose Of Shannon

Seasonal Irish Red Ale

Sweet Indulgence

Seasonal Milk / Sweet Stout

The True Scotsman

Seasonal Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Zicke Zicke Oktoberfest

Seasonal Märzen / Oktoberfest

Brewery Contact

Black Cloister Brewing Company Address

619 Monroe Street
Toledo, Ohio, United States

Phone Number

+1 (419) 214-1500

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