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Great Waters Brewing
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Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 242
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
426 St. Peter Street
phone: (651) 224-2739
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 41 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Great Waters is like Flying Dog to me.
Both tend to build beers that have more mass-appeal. That's perfectly fine to me.
I like Great waters because they have decent happy hours, and the service is good, and the beers are good. I think more places should brew their own beer so I support Great Waters for doing it.
So yeah, not bad, not bad, I enjoy going there. I think the only reason I give this place more of an "average" score is only because the Twin Cities has quite an exceptional list of places with fantastic service/selection.
03-07-2009 23:35:47 |
More by cadenwhitaker
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Only been to Great Waters once. Decent place to get some micro brews. The atmosphere is okay. It feels to wide open. It's set up like one room with a small bar and several tables. Booths are much more cozy and private, which this place does not have any of. Good friendly service. The former owner was working behind the bar this particular night and was very friendly. He knew brew and even gave us some samples of their beers to try. Nice selection of their own brews. Nothing real unique on the particular night we were there. Would go back again, but there are other places I would choose first.
02-24-2009 19:06:05 |
More by jera1350
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
This is an establishment I want to love, but for several reasons, I cannot give it more than an average grade. I have been to this brewpub several times, each visit has been similar.
The room itself is not large, appears to be set more for for seating patrons at tables than to belly-up at the bar. Each time I have been here, it has been fairly busy. Not that this is a bad thing, but I prefer to sit at the bar. Perhaps if I paid a visit on 'off-nights' for the Xcel nearby I would find a spot at the bar. The beers themselves are decent, always selections on cask which is a bonus. I have never had any beer here that has made me want to go out of my way to return for it. The food is good, but not worth a trip by itself. Again, nothing to write home about. Never have had any problems with the service; some servers seem to know a lot about the beer selection, some not so much. Never have had a rude or inattentive server, so cannot complain. Bonus points for the patio in summertime, which is lovely.
Overall, a nice place to go before hockey games or concerts at the Xcel Energy Center. If you find yourself in downtown St Paul, worth a visit. Simply not enough here to warrant a specific trip from elsewhere, however.
02-14-2009 18:38:48 |
More by kbaker91
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I go to this place fairly often, as I live within a mile of it and it is a nice place to walk to when the weather is being nice.
The atmosphere is pretty good, if at time a little "bright" and sterile feeling. I believe this is because it functions more as a restaurant then a bar. Yes one of the selling points is the unique beer, but there is a lot of dinning room space and it feels pretty family friendly. This is not a bad thing, but it is nice to know what to expect.
On that note, the food is usually quite good. Last summer I had a butternut squash ravioli with prosciutto on top that was fantastic. They also have a couple appetizers to try out.
The beer is usually quite good, with occasional bouts of greatness. I do not think I have ever had a bad beer here, but some were simply good. They have a selection on cask all the time.
Their happy hour specials are good enough, as of the time of this posting they sell pints during happy hour for 2.50, on Tuesdays they offer 1/2 pints for a buck. That would be a good day to sample, I went there this week to do that but unfortunately there was a hockey game downtown so they only kept the "normal" 2.50 pint deal for happy hour but not their Tuesday special. This was upsetting because they had a few interesting beers I really wanted to try, but i did not want t get drunk. That said, 2.50 a pint is q very good value for the Imperial Wit they had on tap, or the Red. I also enjoy their house beer on cask (they serve it both ways).
The service is usually quite good, the Bar tenders tend to be either very friendly, or sometimes quite, but in my experience never rude and always helpful.
01-29-2009 19:55:36 |
More by loytomaki
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
After visiting Heimies Haberdashery (highly recommended) we swung into great waters for a brew. The place was a little sterile and didn't have much for vibe going on. We hopped onto the bar and had to request a beer description sheet. After getting the sheet, we picked our beers but had to wait a bit as the main bar man was dealing with growler fills. I won't say our barman was bad, but he just seemed distant and really wasn't social. He grabbed the beers.. that was about it. I had a the dark mild on cask which I found to be pretty good, although a touch to sweet, and also had the solstice stout, which had the same characteristic of being a touch to sweet. After our beers, we paid, and cashed out. If I'm at Heimies again, which I will be, I might stop in to try another beer, but it probably won't be a destination for me.
01-12-2009 05:42:22 |
More by Greggy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have gone to the Great Waters Brewing Company quite a few times but when I was in recently I made it a point to jot down some notes to do a review for this site. I must first of all state that the establishment is family friendly. I usually go in with my children after visiting the Minnesota Children's Museum and not only do I always feel welcome, but the staff gives the impression that they enjoy the children being there. Most recently we went with a large group and 5 children and they still didn't flinch.
As for the actual food and beer. . . it is great. The beer list is always expansive and they have several cask beers as well as several pushed beers at all times. This recent visit there were 4 of each and it was probably the most limited I have ever seen the beer list. Variety is not a problem as the list is constantly changing. They were apparently brewing the day I was there as I could smell the grains cooking somewhere off in the back. The atmosphere and appearance is very bright and appealing. Even the times I have been in during the evening the lighting is adequate to make it feel more "upscale" and not some dive bar. Don't get me wrong, dive bars have a time and place, but I really like the bright and professional atmosphere at Great Waters. It is a very large facility that occupies the Historic Hamm Building in downtown Saint Paul. The bar area is separate from the dining room but the only difference is that the Happy Hour specials are for the bar area only. The bar area has adequate seating for any size group however as I have been in with a group that numbered over 20 and we sat at two long sets of tables (we had a reservation for that one). The service is always great and there are certain individuals that I see regularly that you get the feeling have an awful lot invested in the success of the business. There is a patio right outside of the bar area which is probably important for some as Minnesota restaurants are smoke free. There are tables on the patio for those who choose to dine al fresco. The bathrooms are actually down a hallway in the building and there are certain times on certain days that you need a key. That is probably the only thing that one could try to complain about at this establishment. I was even with a party once that switched from the dining room to the bar to secure happy hour specials and while I was slightly embarrassed the staff didn't tip their hand as to whether they minded or not and actually went on to make us feel quite comfortable. I will review some more beers from here as well, but need to organize my own notes and catalog them first. I can say nothing but good things and believe its a place that any beer lover would truly enjoy.
08-07-2008 03:10:33 |
More by Ragingbull
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Nicely located in downtown St. Paul. Parking is available on the street or in the several ramps scattered around the area. Stopped by on a sunny and warm Saturday afternoon and surpisingly busy for a late lunch. Had a couple of their cask offerings which I enjoyed. The food is good with a wide selection. Service was excellant and friendly. Great Waters is the place to go for excellant cask offerings. The only downside is that I ordered the IPA and they ran out when the bartender went to pour my serving so I will have to come back in the future to give it another go.
08-02-2008 20:10:36 |
More by morimech
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This was my second trip to Great Waters over the past year. I've always liked this place due to its lovely location in downtown St. Paul. Its a great place to sit outside and have a beer during the summer. Unfortunately it wasn't quite that warm on my visit this time. They have a nice variety of beers. The best thing is that they usually have about 4 or 5 cask offerings. I started w/ their cask mild, Mr. Smooth. What a great beer to start with. It was dead on perfect for the style and very sessionable. My wife and I shared a plate of pub fries for the appetizer. They were ok, but a little over cooked. While we were having our fries, I tried their Rye Summer Ale (forget the name). It was pretty good. It had a nice summery feel to it, but it wasn't really what I was in the mood for. Hopefully they still have it in July, it will definitely hit the spot then. For my meal I had the Southwest Chicken salad. It was ok. For some reason I don't usually equate buffalo wing sauce with a southwest dish. Nonetheless, it was pretty good. I finished the night off with a Tarter Control IPA. Maybe the buffalo sauce burned my taste buds, but this wasn't the most flavorful IPA I've ever had. I'd like to try it again sometime however.
In summary, Great Waters is in a fantastic location in beautiful downtown St. Paul. A great place to have a brew in the summer. Its also close to the Excel Energy Center, so definitely stop by before any event there. The beers are all pretty solid, but the main drawing factor for the true beer geek is their cask offerings. The selection of cask beers is great and they do a great job on these. The food was ok, but definitely not the reason I would go here.
04-21-2008 16:09:54 |
More by brewdoc75
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for an early Saturday supper. It was surprisingly busy for about 5pm but I got a table right away. I had checked the website before my visit but unfortunately the Imperial Wit was no longer on tap. I had a cask IPA which was good, and a Scottish ale which seemed very buttery for the style.
I had a bacon cheeseburger and onion rings which were tasty and reasonably priced.
The service started out a little slow but improved through the visit.
A nice place, very good happy hour pricing and usually several cask beers to choose from. I really should come here more often!
04-20-2008 23:55:26 |
More by Mdog
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Nice open bar area, overlooking the walkway outside, nice patio area.
Very good beers, and the selection of cask beers is always appreciated, sometimes I have a harder time finding a beer I really want with what I am eating. Food is very good and well priced for the portions you get. Service has always been good for me here, wheather I am at the bar or sitting at a table. Happy hour pricing is excellent.
My only complaint is the redundency of their beer menu, but I am not going to complain too much as what they do they do it well.
04-16-2008 18:13:00 |
More by mnstorm99
Great Waters Brewing in St. Paul, MN
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