Great Waters Brewing
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Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 255
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 41 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by feloniousmonk:
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I can't recall exactly how many times I've visited Great Waters over the past several years,... more than five, less than 10? But this review is written after a major first, the first time I checked into the pub after biking all the way from my home in downtown Minneapolis. Not, as it turns out, an impossible feat, but quite a long, exhausting trip! And one I'll attempt again, before summer leaves us.
My last stop in was over 9 months ago,(by bus) and this trip was urged on by reports of a new brewer creating better, more bold and adventurous beers. Is it true? Yes, almost...
But, later on that. Of the pub. A nice place, smack downtown St. Paul (not having biked in before, I was surprised how easily I found it), well-run, with many appeals, and many variances, as well. I've received indifferent, okay, and superior service, for one. This time, excellent, very attentive, well-versed in the beers, my every need anticipated and requited. Didn't always happen like that. I've also had mediocre experience with the food, this time I chose a slightly pricier entree, a roast duck breast with wild rice and vegetables, and was very happy.
So, the food is good, sometimes, the service, sometimes, the atmosphere is okay, nice art on the wall, especially when it's tavernjef's photography up there. This is a business that occupies an ideal niche for downtown StP, kind of like the Rock Bottom in downtown Mpls, but not corporate...a great meeting place, eating place, but also unique in offering their own creations in the beer department...which leads us to the next part.
I've reviewed their beers from my notes, or growlers, before, and noticed something...the regular beers, not so outstanding...the new ones, the seasonals, and specialties can be quite nice. And now there's someone new at the mash paddle and the results, to me, are mixed. I missed the much-loved Imperial IPA, but loved the Cask IPA..their new one, an American IPA, debuted with no fanfare, and was merely okey-doke...a new hefe weizen was unsatisfactory, and the mild ale was quite nice. Seems like the cask brews were better than the pushed, and they have more than anyone else around.
So, if I were to be glib, I'd peg GW as having not quite the great beer supply as Town Hall, and yet certainly not as expensive as Barley John's, definitely worth trying while in St. Paul, and I will be back again and again, to show my support and enjoy the occasionally tasty beers!
07-15-2005 10:19:14 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Great Waters Brewing was located in the heart of St. Paul in an old building on an old square. Inside the building was old school industrial feel with nice tables as well as outdoor seating. The quality of the food was ok....the beer was quite good. The service was great and to kick things off my six year old spilled chocolate milk everywhere and our server handled it like a champ! The selection for food and beer was outstanding. The food was good to borderline great. Some of the items were great and others not so much. The value was good.
08-13-2013 03:00:09 | More by WoodBrew
Great Waters Brewing in Saint Paul, MN
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.