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Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 242
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
426 St. Peter Street
phone: (651) 224-2739
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Post breakfast during lunch hours already setting the tone for what's left of the day fleeting fast. This, the stay fairly close day with nominal traveling involved breather. I'll surely make up for it tomorrow and tomorrow, and the day after that. For now, it's back to the backup city Minneapolis keeps around just in case...
Fed the meter on North St. Peter and had to trek back a bit to this grand, nearly century old brick & limestone building of awesome ornamentation. Entered off the corner through the big vestibule entrance with barrels, sacks of malt, and plants with sprawling vines atop. Cavernous space with high high high framed ceilings with blended duct work, beige walls over wood slat lowers, deep green trim & moldings, and 4x4 block floor tilings with thick black crisscross borders. Giant windows on both walls off the corner and canopied outside. Rows of sunken spots above and some mounted glass lamps. Flatscreens in the corners and a space on the wall for projection screen action. A potted plant or two, a few shirts displayed for sale, and a framed "Western" jersey from an NHL all star game.
"L" shaped spotty gray formica topped wood bar with a copper foot rail spanning both rooms seating nearly a dozen and a half on green leather chairs. Logoed glass front brewroom behind the bar with a copper kettle or two and a 3 sided, ½ a hex barback counter space below with a row of 8 taps on a single tower. 4 handpumps 2 & 2 off to the left with stacked glassware of all sizes and shapes, and tiered booze & wine, and fridged growls to both sides of center. Small festive gourds displayed here and there, if only (Evil) Davo could be here to enjoy the season.
A dozen and a half tables square sitting mostly angled here overlooking a side seating pen outside. A dozen and a half tables there amidst caged treeing & bubble lampposts along a brick lined strip of pedestrian mall space. And through to the side room, where lies the main stretch of he bar with a Hamms bear painting on the windows of the brew room windows and wine & booze tiered below. A dozen+ tables sit between the bar and front windows, and further along, a narrower side side room seating pretty much the same; framed St Paul pen & ink prints and paintings displayed here for sale.
Tap selections are displayed on a blackboard off the corner. I will opt for the sampler, currently offering 6 house beers (St Peter Pale Ale, 5.5%, nicely balanced; Golden Prairie Blonde, 4.8%, grainy with some light hoppiness; Brown Trout Brown Ale, 5.8%, some roastiness, caramel & chocolatey; Hauch Von Rauch Hefe, 5.2%, band-aid on banana; Tightey Whitey Wit, 5.25%, good wit, coriander & orange; Rye PA, 5.25%, dry hopped, nice spiciness, piney & fruity, good bitterness), and 3 cask beers (New Centurion Mild Ale, 5.2%, darkish, a bit of roastiness; Great Waters House Ale, 4.8%, a good, clean bitter; Black Watch Oat Stout, 5.8%, oaty, some good chocolatey, nutty roastiness). Tighty Whitey Wit, Rye PA & New Centurion Mild Ale are the best of the lot. And it looks like they keep the Ace Pear Cider as well.
Upwards of 4 cask beers on at any one time here, interesting. Happy hour pricing offers a 10 ounce glass for $.99 and a pint for $2.50, so you can loophole maximize the effort in a pair of 10 ouncers for $2, versus paying $.50 more for 4 ounces less otherwise. Pretty sneaky, sis.
Clean, comfortable, inviting place, although the "shared with the rest of the building" bathroom scenario is a bit strange, but I guess that makes them running out of toilet paper someone else's problem. Chuck amok behind the bar friendly and attentive, and we talked with the Town Hall kitchen kids barside with us for a bit. Food they do but we're not in that place yet and Witz has some German meat place he's been going on about. Beer was good overall ('cept for that bananaid Rauch Hefe) and there's a most amazing malt aroma wafting about, it does smell lovely.
12-29-2009 02:00:54 |
More by slander
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: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is a nice airy space in the historic Hamm building in downtown St. Paul. It almost looks like the space used to be part of the lobby. The ceilings soar at least 20 feet and there are massive windows on two sides to let in light.
There are two distinct areas and both share the common bar and both have plenty of tables for groups. The brewing equipment is behind glass and located where a back bar would be. It smelled good as they were brewing the day I was there.
The paint scheme is cream with forest green accents. The bar top is the only downside. It is covered in the same linoleum my grandmother had on her kitchen floor....
I found the service to be Friendly and informative. The can be a bit slow due to the work load, but an extra couple of minutes is easy to forgive when the folks are trying and engaged. They were very free with samples, which is always nice to see.
The brewpub had a nice sized happy hour crowd. They have tunes in the background, but they are almost drowned out by the buzz of conversation. There are enough TVs, so you could catch a game while grabbing some beers and food.
They were offering 6 house taps plus 3 (!) cask beers. I enjoyed a solid APA, a nice mild brown on cask and a tasty mild/bitter on cask. Unfortunately the cask oatmeal stout was past its prime.
They have a good menu with some unexpected options. I went traditional and had a good 1/2 burger with mushrooms blue cheese and Canadian bacon. Fries were just ok. Ask for their house made beer mustard.
I can easily recommend a stop if you find yourself in this part of St. Paul.
02-22-2010 18:51:06 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Located in downtown St.Paul on kind of a pedestrian walking area with a couple of other bars. It has a nice big outdoor section that we took advantage of (as did everyone else, hardly anyone was sitting inside). The inside is quite large and wide open, but a little bit plain. The selection was lacking; they only had 6 on tap. Service was decent but nothing special. The food was good, high quality and unique but a tad pricey. Good for a dinner date, but I think I'd rather come here later at night with friends and pop a squat at the bar.
08-14-2006 01:35:39 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Being a visitor to Minnesota, and not knowing the history of Minneapolis area brewpubs, I set this one right in the middle of the places I visited.
One rating field not included by Beer Advocate (wisely) is "location." Great Waters really has that going for it. St. Paul DIES downtown after a certain time, especially on weekends. There are plenty of theaters and posh restaurants, but Great Waters seemed like the place for a beer fan to go to if stuck downtown. So without feeling strongly about the place, I did end up there three times in six days.
The beer was no better or worse than a hundred other places, but was so much more appealing than the neon sign offerings of the bar right across the plaza. Speaking of which, if you are there in the summer months, sit outside. The atmosphere immediately improves (barring any construction sounds during the day.) Appetizing menu done well.
03-19-2003 09:26:22 |
More by ecoboy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Great location. Close to the St. Paul Hotel, Children's Museum and the arena. Nice looking interior. Modern pub look with a long wrap around bar. Seating is a little cramped but not too bad. The beers are pretty good. Most are English style and are well done. They offer a sampler of all their beers. Great Waters has about half their beers on cask and the rest are regular taps. The service was pretty good. It was pretty good and we were just their for drinks but our servers was attentive and helpful. They had 9 different beers on tap that nice - mostly English style but they had a Belgian Bruin that was very nice, too. Did not try the food, but they had some nice looking options - plus a kids menu for those with children. All in all this is a nice brewpub in the heart of downtown St. Paul.
01-04-2012 03:40:50 |
More by zeff80
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This brew pub is located in a very scenic section of St. Paul. Parking wasnt too hard out side at a meter, but we had to get up twice to deposit a few more quarters. If meters arent your game, there are plenty of parking garages around as well.
The inside looked more like a trendy coffee shop than like a brewery. The tanks were visible through a small window behind the bar, so they were only visible to about 15% of the building. Just looked too much like a café for my liking with lots of huge windows overlooking a very beautiful section of St. Paul. There was an old cathedral across the street that made me think a bit of drinking in Deutschland. Of course, I only stopped by for lunch, so maybe the place just rocks at night. Ill have to go back in the evening.
The brews we sampled were top notch. I was especially impressed with their cask conditioned oat stout that actually tasted like steel cut oats. I was impressed with this offering, and others were quite drinkable as well. I also was impressed that they had four cask offerings as opposed to most brew pubs seemingly obligatory one. There were enough brews on tap and on cask that mandate a return visit to try them all. The food was very good as well. Burgers dont come with fries, however. They need to be ordered separately.
Our server wasnt too busy, but was pokey none the less. I hope he doesnt work the evening shifts. He seemed new, so I wont give him too much guff.
Over all, I was surprised with this place. The next time Im back in St. Paul, Ill be back to see what else is on cask. Check this place out for sure.
12-30-2005 19:47:29 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $
I've been visiting this place infrequently since it first opened and was happy to stop in for brunch on a recent Sunday morning - hard to pass up a $2 bloody mary if you have a liking for those, eh?
Seriously though, the beer is the draw here and for good reason: Bob D crafts some very fine brews! I'm probably not the biggest fan of cask ale*, but a pour of the silky-smooth and multi-textured Blackwatch paired well with this morning's board of fare, and complimented a nice black cup of coffee particularly well.
Although it's somewhat cavernous when lightly-peopled, I've always enjoyed Great Water's space in the Hamm Building. The big windows facing 7th Place and Landmark Center give it a very inviting and inclusive sense of place.
There's good food and even better beer here, and with a little something for everyone on the menu (and moreover, with prices that surprised me in a good way!)
Service was very good as always, even though I flustered the waitress a bit with a couple of questions relating to the brews available (she had not been on-shift in a while so it was all very understandable.)
I'm already looking forward to my next visit - I may even break with (recent) tradition and take home a growler or two: that Tartar Control IPA is something else!
*Folks, I am a heathen. I actually enjoy canned Hamm's... out of a can!
04-20-2009 17:24:28 |
More by Chaz
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere here can be lively at times, they usually have a pretty big lunch rush during the work week and dinner time on weekends can also be hoppin'. Downtown Saint Paul has only a few things going on in any given week that'll keep this place busy as well. Events at Xcel, the small theatres on the block, and conventions usually cast alot of visitors to the place. But other times, when dead, its dead. I'm in here quite a bit and its still hard to really place the atmosphere here. The inside is pretty wide open with very tall ceilings. lots of windows looking out on to the patio and street. The copper kettles can be seen through large windows behind the bar area. Bar area has room for about 8 and the back side bar has another 4 or 5. An arched doorway splits the place form the bar area and the bigger dining area kinda in the back.
The cask ales they offer throughout the year are usually pretty good. Four to choose from, one is sometimes off as they tend to go through stuff quickly at times. And a few have been hit or miss. Some of the regular taps they put out are the same with a hit or miss. My favorites have been many with the Shipwreck IPA, Tartar Control IPA, Giant Star, Centurion, Tighty Whitey, and the Marny Grias. Also many disappointments and average tasters have dawned the spouts here. Some of the regular brews that are there year round are mostly good but some are weaker then others. Saint Peter Pale and Pothole Porter are the ones I stick with. Not sure how mnay brewers they've had now but the current one, Bob, is doing a fine job with tweeking some things and creating some pretty good brews.
The service can be very spotty and non existent depending on the server, the crowd, the weather, or even if you have the look of money about you. I' ve waited at a table for 15 minutes with an empty pint glass before a waiter who was busy smoking like a half pack of cigarettes before he managed to see his way over finally did. Othertimes the owner sits and talks with us. I just happen to have some artwork in the gallery next door to it so he knows both me and my wife fairly well.
The menu is kind of yuppy like and fairly expensive, some sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads, and a handful of bigger entrees are what you'll find, but the lunch specials are always pretty good and reasonable. Mostly though I've found the food has been pretty good. A couple of the menu items I've had have been subpar.
Best value beerwise is either happy hour or after 10pm on weekdays. Also has certain summer specials where the beer costs per pint what ever the temperature reached. And again the lunch specials are the better value foodwise.
03-18-2003 15:56:56 |
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