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Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 242
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
426 St. Peter Street
phone: (651) 224-2739
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 41 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I "found" Great Waters on my way to work at the Xcel center, thought i would stop in for a brew on my way to work. Right away after entering i noticed that there was a lot of stone in the building structure, i bet during busy times it is extremely loud and hard to hear your conversation, I know when i was talking to the bartender, who seemingly knew a lot about beer, I had a hard time communicating and it really was not busy. I talked to him about the Ides of March IPA that i was enjoying. I did not realize that there were five varieties of hops. I went during happy hour, cant beet $2.50 pints in St. Paul. T here were a lot of different beers there and i am glad there was a chalkboard located near the bar. There were 4 cask beer and another 5 or 6 on tap. I really liked how looking past the bar i could see the brew staff working at the brew kettle, I thought that was really cool.
03-14-2008 18:22:31 |
More by happygnome
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
We hit Great Waters after catching a Wild game at the Xcel Center. Nice bar area, but a bit "echo-y" with all hard surfaces. It can be hard to hear people at your own table when it is busy. Service left a little to be desired - quite slow after taking about ten minutes for someone to take our initial drink orders.
Beer quality and selection were pretty good. I had the Tesla's Coil IPA and the stout, both were tasty and true to style. My fiance had a couple of the Winter Solstice Ale and liked it quite a bit.
We had an order of the nachos, they were not the best we've had. Our friends enjoyed their cheesecake very much. Previous visits have taught us the burgers are pretty good here too.
The beer is the draw so we will likely go back to Great Waters when we have occasion to be in downtown St. Paul.
12-31-2007 04:25:14 |
More by slyke
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Great Waters is located in the dowtown area of St. Paul. Parking can be a bit difficult, but it is a short walk from the Excel Energy Center. Entering the Brewpub you are immediately hit by the noise. It has a cafeteria sound, as the walls are pretty bare and it is a very open area. I'm usually greeted right away by the host / hostess and seating has never been a problem. The service is average, and with the exception of the bartender the staff doesn't seem to know much about beer.
The food is reasonabley priced, but nothing fancy. I usually just stop in for a beer when I'm in the area. I find the beer to be fresh and generally above average. They have push and pull taps and generally a good selection. However, I have yet to find a beer that beckons me back.
Overall, Great Waters is a good brewpub...but it does not exceed expectations in any category. If you are a beer lover, try the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. However, if you are going to a Wild game I can't think of a better place to relax with some friends and tip a pint or 5.
Sidenote: They do have an old school Hamm's painting hanging up in the front bar area that I covet!
08-17-2007 13:37:57 |
More by ndolover
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
You know, I really need to spend more time in St. Paul. After leaving my job in St. Paul, I don't get over to Great Waters nearly enough. This is another top notch Minnesota brewpub. The beer quality is consistently good and many of their seasonal offerings are phenomenal. Off the top of my head, some of my favorites over the past few years have been their IIPA, Imperial Wit and a Belgian-style offering whose name escapes me. In any case, it's evident that Bob puts a lot of heart into his beers. It's also worthy to note that on most, if not all, of my visits, beer has been served at correct temperatures... both pushed and pulled beers. Service has been consistently good from visit to visit, though some of the wait staff definitely has a better grasp of beer styles than others. The selection is usually quite good and they'll often have three beers on cask. The food is good... tasty and varied enough to keep one's interest. On my last visit I had a brie and green apple chicken sandwich which was quite tasty. Overall, this is a really great brewpub and an enjoyable place to visit. I prefer less crazy evenings, but I've always had a good time regardless of circumstances.
02-19-2007 07:40:41 |
More by bucko
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This was the first place that I visited after meeting up with FeloniousMonk and getting established at his place. There was a light rain falling as I boarded the bus in Minneapolis, but the further we went, the greater the rainfall until I was put off of the bus at the last stop in a torrential downpour. This must have discombobulated me because I promptly zigged when I should have zagged and I was headed in precisely the opposite direction from where I wanted to go. By the time I got in the door, I was (literally) wringing soaked and looked like a homeless nomad. I ordered dinner and went into the Mens washroom to dry off and comb my hair and beard. The fact that I was not thrown out upon entry bespeaks this places willingness to provide good customer service to even the most unlikely of clientele.
This establishment occupied a long stretch of St. Peter Street from the corner of 6th Street up to an arched walkway with loads of outdoor seating on either side of the building. There were several exits along St. Paul, but they all directed me, from the outside, to a corner entryway just before the walkway. The foyer was a big glass and wood booth, with the V-shaped bar at a left oblique. The copper-jacketed brewhouse was visible behind the back bar. On the left end of the back bar was a small cooler filled with pre-filled growlers. To the left of the entryway were a number of tables and chairs and the same to the right of the doorway. The maitre d station was at a right oblique to the doorway and beyond that was an archway with the bar continuing on the other side. Over on that other side was a bunch of tables and chairs with the kitchen off to the left and further to the left, down a passageway and through a door to the left, were the washrooms. They offered color photos for sale that hung on the restaurant walls, which seemed kind of cool and arty.
They had a set-up for four (4) beer engines, but on the occasion of my visit, only Great Waters House Ale and Stonehenge Pale Ale were available. It was too bad because I think that the Brown Trout Brown Ale would have gone great with their meatloaf, which I had for supper. The Golden Prairie Blonde was standard; the Kaiserweizer, while not being my favorite style, had more clove/spice esters than banana, although I experienced them, also. My pick was the St. Peter Pale Ale.
12-15-2006 09:52:53 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Located in downtown St.Paul on kind of a pedestrian walking area with a couple of other bars. It has a nice big outdoor section that we took advantage of (as did everyone else, hardly anyone was sitting inside). The inside is quite large and wide open, but a little bit plain. The selection was lacking; they only had 6 on tap. Service was decent but nothing special. The food was good, high quality and unique but a tad pricey. Good for a dinner date, but I think I'd rather come here later at night with friends and pop a squat at the bar.
08-14-2006 01:35:39 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Great Waters is in a great part of downtown St. Paul. From the exterior, you'd think you were walking into a five star restaurant...very lavishly decorated. Located just a few blocks from the Ordway and the Excel, I'm sure it's a great place to stop before a hockey game or performance. Which seemed to be the case tonight when we stopped in. The place was packed and they were booked solid with reservations, but were able to seat us immediately if we wanted to sit on the patio. The patio was great, if not a bit cold.
The only sign I saw of the brew equipment was through a window at the bar, and that was just a glimpse, as we hustled outside.
Service was very prompt, the waiter seemed to know quite alot about the beers on tap and was able to answer all questions I had. This wasn't the case across the board, as I heard another waiter refer their guests to our waiter. At least they knew enough to reference another waiter.
Our food was excellent- a step above normal pub fare. I had a meatloaf dinner which was very well prepared- and considering how busy the place was, came very fast.
Great Waters has a great beer menu. Tonight they had 3 regulars on tap, one seasonal and another 3 on cask. However, the sampler was unavailable on this visit. Appears that when there is an event in St. Paul, they stop serving samplers- so take note of that fact. The beers were excellent- it's obvious that they take the time to create a good brew. I had the Mr. Smooth (cask conditioned dark ale), the St. Peter Pale and the Honey Wheat. (see separate reviews).
I'm definitely planning a (few) return visit sometime soon to try the sampler and refill the growler- (Douple IPA on this trip!) I'd recommend this to anyone in the St. Paul area.
edit: Recently held a LARGE (50+) gathering at Great Waters for my old college fraternity. The service was nothing short of spectacular. They kept the kitchen open for us, and put up with our shenanigans until well past closing time. For that, they will ALWAYS get my business when I'm in the area. HIGHLY recommended.
05-21-2006 03:05:06 |
More by MeLikeBeer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Had the chance to visit during a recent trip to St. Paul. Located walking distance and squarely between the Excel Energy Center and the St. Paul Hotel, I found myself here for dinner, again for a pint the next afternoon.
Situated on the main floor of an older building, the inside is quite new looking, and reminded me of a coffee shop rather than a brew pub. Lots of big windows make it bright, clean, and open but almost too sterile. There is a limited view of the tanks behind the bar. They had four draft taps and four cask ales, and the oatmeal stout was going to be tapped on the upcoming Friday. Also had a sampler tray available. The beers I sampled were very tasty, so opted for a pint of Brown Trout Brown Ale and Pot Hole Porter. Our waitress was friendly and helpful, recommending their pilsner for the Molson/Labatt drinkers.
The place was busy but not packed at around 8:00pm for dinner, and my steak sandwich arrived quickly and properly cooked. The homestyle beef stew also looked very good.
The following afternoon around 2:00, stopped in for a pint, and the place was dead. There was one couple at a table and one other guy at the bar. Not sure if this is typical, or if the business lunch crowd was already in and out. Stayed for a pint of St. Peter Pale and The Apocalypse.
Over all, they have a nice range of beers with a rotating variety of specialty and seasonal brews, good food, all reasonably priced.
Another place I am happy to have found, and I got a nice logo-ed pint glass too.
04-03-2006 00:58:47 |
More by BigBry
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Touched down in Minneapolis at 11, was in the brewpub by noon. Having visited the Town Hall Brewery the last time I was out here, I went online searching for other tempting establishments and came across Great Waters. It was easy to get to (thanks to my fiance knowing her way around), with plenty of street and nearby garage parking available.
Since it was mid-day on a winter Tuesday, the place was pretty slow, but the setup was standard for a bar. We were quickly seated near the window and promptly greeted by an extremely friendly, but also very Minnesotan, waitress. Ya betcha! The service was quality throughout, never pestering, but also allowing just enough time to peruse both beer and food menus.
They had 4 beers on tap plus one on cask. Which did I go for? The cask of course. Pot Hole Porter was available so I divulged myself. While not an elite beer, it was certainly more than what I was looking for after a long plane ride. The menu was standard pub fare, just replace chowder and haddock with beer cheese and walleye. We had the nachos as an appetizer, which were quite good although my fiance claims it was missing the required sour cream (for her). I ended up going with the cajun burger for lunch and I was not disappointed. Now I'm a man that loves hot spices, but this one ranks right up there with the hottest I've had. No kidding! I love that heat pain!
I finished up by taking a growler of their standard St. Peter Pale Ale home with me (which later I was a bit disappointed by). But overall, a very good experience and something I would recommend to anyone in the area.
01-14-2006 13:49:16 |
More by Hhawk06
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been to Great Waters a few times. Nice enough looking place, not too exquisite, but appropriate for St Paul. Took notice of the taps and they looked nice. High ceilings and great bar, ok woodwork, and later in the night when the lights get dimmed, its pretty decent. There was a pretty decent selection of beers, about 10 or so if I remember correctly. A porter, stout, English bitter, winter ale... a very good variety. The beers have definietly been improved since the last time I was here a year plus ago. I've only been here a couple times, and I didn't have too much food, but I tried the jumbalaya and had some salad and grilled cheese, and in all it was pretty ok. I can tell that there is a good selection of food and beer, good good good. The service was really good, in part because I know the bartender/manager. But the other times I've been there the service was good too. Always a nice time when I'm there.
12-31-2005 04:40:36 |
More by objectivemonkey
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